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Wild Youth build on European tour with sell-out Galway gig

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Wild Youth: a band on the up.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Dublin four-piece Wild Youth are on the crest of a wave; fresh off of a European tour with Kodaline, their summer hit Can’t Move On passing a million streams on Spotify – and this Saturday, they play a sold-out show at Galway’s Róisín Dubh.

Wild Youth’s sound is contemporary pop-rock, along the lines of the Script and the 1975 – smooth keys and subtle guitar riffs built around catchy vocal hooks and tap-along beats.

It’s a radio-friendly combination that has seen a meteoric industry rise for the band over the last year and a half. And keyboardist and songwriter Conor O’Donohoe offers an insight as to how it’s come about.

“We’re a very driven band – we just love music and we want to work as hard as possible,” he declares.

“We got home on Saturday and we’re straight back into rehearsals again. We’ve got these shows [on the Irish tour] and then we’re straight back into the studio again, it’s just more shows and more studio time. There’s pretty much no days off between now and Christmas. We hate time off because we just love what we do.”

Touring with Kodaline consisted of massive gigs in major European cities – Paris, Milan and Barcelona among them. For a young band looking to gain traction and recognition, the experience was ideal.

“It was a dream come true really,” Conor admits. “A lot of us had never even been to any of those cities, so travelling around playing with a band we absolutely love . . .getting to see all those cities for the little parts that we got to go out and see, was just amazing.

“It’s funny, people thought it must’ve been so hard with all the travel – we just didn’t want to stop. It’s given us a real fire in our bellies to keep working harder than ever and try and get to that stage ourselves.”

His admiration for seasoned bands like Kodaline is evident. The maturity to recognise and appreciate the experience of friends in the music industry has provided Wild Youth with a platform.

“I think you set your own kind of tone as to what you want to be as a band,” Conor notes.

For  more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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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.

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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 news@ctribune.ie 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 salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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Alison’s Euro Award for Covid information project

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Mike Feerick...found of Alison.

The Galway-established online course providing information about coronavirus in more than 70 languages – reaching over 350,000 people worldwide – is among 23 projects from the EU and the UK recognised for their outstanding contribution to fighting COVID-19 and its disastrous consequences.

The European Economic and Social Committee has awarded the Civil Solidarity Prize to the Irish learning platform Alison – founded by social entrepreneur Mike Feerick and based in Loughrea – for its free online course which was developed and published at the very start of the pandemic to educate as many people as possible about the virus, its spread and its effects.

The EESC, an advisory body representing Europe’s civil society at the EU level, selected the learning platform Alison as the best Irish candidate for the Prize, saying that its project “Coronavirus: What you need to know” stood out as a shining example of solidarity and civic responsibility during the COVID-19 crisis.

The online course was launched in February 2020 when the knowledge about the virus was still very scarce and the governments were still struggling with how to respond to the looming crisis.

With its training programme, based on WHO and CDC guidelines and continuously updated to include the latest information, the Irish platform has given people free access to potentially life-saving knowledge.

Translated in less than four months into more than 70 languages, with the help of 5,000 volunteers many of whom were immigrants, it had been completed by approximately 350,000 people as of September 2020. Some 100,000 people signed up for it in a single day.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www/connachttribune.ie

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Covid a whole different ball game for Galway camogie nurse

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Pictured at the presentation of a Galway jersey and message of thanks from Galway GAA to frontline workers at UHG this week were (from left) Galway Senior Camogie player and nurse Emma Helebert, Galway GAA Chairman Pat Kearney, Galway Senior Ladies Football player and nurse Tracey Leonard, Galway Bay FM commentator Tommy Devane, and Eoin McGinn, Assistant Director of Nursing.

Galway camogie star Emma Helebert doesn’t shy away from a question about Covid-19 anti-vaxxers and their online conspiracy theories.

“Personally, since this pandemic has hit, I’m allergic to social media over the whole thing,” she says.

A midwife at University Hospital Galway, the 2019 All-Ireland winner agrees that vaccines involve personal choice.

But that choice should be informed by trusted sources of information, such as the HSE or NHS websites – and not random often nefarious and anonymous contributors on social media.

“There are more reliable sources of information than turning to places like Facebook or whatever online forums are talking about it,” she says.

“What’s scaring people more than the actual thought of the vaccines is these opinions that are being forced down people’s throats and they’re seeing it every time they go on Facebook and scrolling on social media.

“My only advice to people who are scared is to do your own research. Go to the reliable sources of information and don’t believe what you see on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, there are people out there who create pages that are full of negativity or full of lies. It only takes one scary thought or piece of information you’ve heard to cling to you that’ll make you not want to get it,” she adds.

Read the full interview with Emma Helebert in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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