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Rusted Rail is still keeping track on Galway music scene

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Shelter from the Shadows...latest release on the Rusted Rail label.

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Though they can feel slow-moving and static at times, local music scenes are constantly transitioning; there are fortunes and vicissitudes that come with a career in music now versus one twenty years ago.  Keith Wallace, founder of one of Galway’s longest running independent music labels, is as qualified as anyone to speak on the evolution of the city’s musical landscape.

Having previously managed Flirt FM, Keith started Rusted Rail in 2006 as something of a passion project. The label has championed albums from acts like So Cow, The Declining Winter and Keith’s own group Loner Deluxe.

Its latest release, Shelter from the Shadows, is a haunting fourteen-track LP from Swedish-born, Galway-based dreamfolk artist A Lilac Decline.

Rusted Rail is a staple of Galway’s music community and, as it continues to endure and expand, it offers an invaluable insight into the underlying ethos that drives the city’s arts scene.

“I knew a bunch of people who were making music and didn’t necessarily have an outlet for it,” Keith says of starting the label.

“I just thought that could be a gap I could fill. I was inspired by different record labels and by that whole idea that if a town has a record label then that label reflects and documents the music scene in that town. That was one of the initial ideas anyway.

“Aside from the impact of the pandemic, I think it’s probably the healthiest that the music scene in Galway has ever been. This is looking at it from a span of twenty or twenty-five years since I started going to gigs when I was a kid.

“It was hard to find gigs back then because Galway used to be just riddled with cover bands. There was no real stage for anyone that was making original music at all. Just before the label started, from around 2002 onwards, certain things started happening in Galway.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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