Date Published: 26-May-2011
Sligo instrumental group Tucan play at Monroes Live venue this Friday night, having recently expanded to a quartet following the addition of two new members.
Originally a duo composed of Donal Gunne and Pearse Feeney, Tucan is now a four-piece outfit with the added fat bass lines and thumping drums of Paul Wherly and Keith Kelly.
Their debut album Aliquot Strings, produced by Kíla’s Lance Hogan, was greeted by critical acclaim both at home and abroad, and the group has gone on to perform with the likes of Alabama 3, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Jose Feliciano.
The album was self-released but climbed to number 29 in the Irish charts, which prompted Pearse Feeney to point out that, if they had sold seven more records, they would have overtaken the Pussycat Dolls.
They also shared a stage with New York based singer/songwriter Regina Spektor and have been regulars at Electric Picnic every year since 2007. Tucan have recorded a series of eight live videos of interpretations of classic dance tracks, as well as a number of their own original tracks, which are set to be released exclusively online through social networking sites, YouTube and iTunes. The videos have been dubbed The Factory Sessions.
The expansion to a four-piece band has added another dimension to the energetic play of the acoustic instrumentalists Gunne and Feeney.
Tucan will perform at Monroes Live venue on Dominick Street at 11.30pm this Friday, May 27.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.