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Tuam Sugar Beat festival organisers take a break

Declan Tierney



Music fans in North Galway will be disappointed that there will be no Sugar Beat festival in Tuam this summer – the organisers are taking time out to “recharge the batteries”.

The festival had been held in Tuam Stadium for the past two years but there will not be one this summer but the good news is that there will definitely be a concert next year.

There was an expectation that The Saw Doctors would be back on the road by the summer and that they would possibly headline this year’s Sugar Beat festival but it will be later in the year before they go touring as a group.

Founding members Davy Carton and Leo Moran are doing a number of smaller gigs together at the moment – there is no doubt that if The Saw Doctors were available, the summer gig would be a sell-out.

The music festival was mainly organised by Shane Donnellan and Rossi Sheridan from Tuam but they admitted that it was very time-consuming and they still had to get on with their own jobs at the same time.

Back in 2014 the crowds were entertained by Mundy and Damien Dempsey; The Stunning headlined last year while boy band Hometown also performed. Tuam’s only reggae band Too Much for the Whiteman also reformed for the occasion.

Shane Donnellan admitted that it was nearly a full time job; Shane is a DJ while Rossi Sheridan is a publican in Tuam.

“Our busy times are at the weekend but we were occupied from Monday to Friday with organising Sugar Beat”, he said.

He added that it was never planned to be an annual event. “Even Slane is not held every year,” he pointed out. He said that they would not have been able to keep it going year after year without a break.

“We simply need to recharge the batteries. But when it became known that there would be no Sugar Beat, a lot of music fans have expressed disappointment but they understand the reasons behind it.

“There has been a very positive reaction to the last two festivals and I have no doubt that we will be back next year,” Shane said and added that if The Saw Doctors were doing festivals next year, then they would have to give them due consideration.

The two day festival proved a major economic boost for the town with the pubs in particular benefiting from the event.

It was held in a part of Tuam Stadium that is used as a warm-up area for teams playing at the venue.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones




These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.


All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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