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Galway singer set for more chart success after debut goes viral

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A Galway singer/songwriter whose debut single went viral with over 200,000 streams is building on that success with a second offering that has already been earmarked as one to watch – alongside the latest releases from global superstars like Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver and Gorillaz.

Electro-pop artist Laoise Nolan – who hails from the heart of Galway city centre – began her journey with the release of her melodic debut single ‘You’ on the Spotify in November 2016 – and by January the song had gone to number four on the UK viral chart. By April it had topped 200,000 streams.

The artist herself could hardly believe the achievement of the single with such humble beginnings.

“I was really surprised because Spotify is so hard to crack. We recorded the song with a microphone and a laptop so it was really cool that this song we that we worked on in a tiny little room was heard by so many people!”

‘You’ wasn’t a one-off either; the release of her follow-up single ‘Halfway’ was met with more positive acclaim with BuzzFeed naming the track in their ‘23 Songs you need in your April playlist’ alongside that host of major superstars.

Her EP of the same name – ‘Halfway’ – was released on June 15 to a similar reception, with one online publication writing: ‘It’s hard to see a future where Laoise doesn’t break into the Irish mainstream’.

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Away from the studio, Laoise has been touring the Ireland and the UK and she says that one of her more recent live performances has been her most memorable.

“Well they are all different but it would probably have to be Forbidden fruit because first, it was raining so a lot of people came into the tent and they were such a great crowd. They knew all the words which was really an incredible experience for me,” she said.

Laoise recently ditched her guitar during her live performances in favour of a microphone to give her hands a bit of freedom.

Watching her music videos, you get the feeling that her hands are important as she constantly moves them – she refers to it as “spasming”. Her reasoning for this is that her music is very visual. The gestures and music complement each other.

In the modern music industry, being a good singer is not enough. There is something unique that separates the singer from the artist.

The visual aspect is a crucial aspect of Laoise’s work. The album artwork for her E.P is a burst of her favourite colour: pink – as is most of her social media presence. But the cute and light pink from her album artwork betrays her music with its heavy emotional themes and musical tones.

“Yeah, that’s definitely on purpose. It’s really like a paradox! I love the colour pink but when I make music I need to write about my own personal experiences and find what resonates with me,” she admits.

Born into a musical family, Laoise started off playing traditional Irish music sessions on the fiddle with her father Brian in the local Galway pubs like Tí Cóilí and even venturing out as far as Inishbofin, where she first began singing.

Over time, Laoise realised she needed a new sound, away from her traditional Irish roots, to find her own voice.

With electro-pop, she found a sound that was accessible but also never sounded stale. With electro-pop, Laoise found that she could make the diverse music that fit her personality and never feel she was hearing the same song twice.

Laoise is a solo artist but she hasn’t been alone on her journey. When asked for her biggest inspiration, Laoise says she can’t choose.

“Well in terms of musical inspiration, I would always say Stevie Nicks because I have always just loved her and Fleetwood Mac,” she says.

“Closer to home, I’ve been very lucky because I’ve had some wonderful people surrounding me, in my family to people in college. It’s so nice to be around like-minded people who are happy to collaborate with you, I think that’s really important,” she adds.

Away from her own music, Laoise listens to a bit of everything, even away from her own genre but she does have a few mainstays on her Spotify playlists.

“I love soul music and I would always listen to the Soultronic playlist on Spotify. Oh and eighties obviously; I love the sound from almost anything of the eighties!”

Laoise has come a long way from her days of playing the fiddle – and you get the sense there is something special about this particular Galway girl.

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West has lower cancer survival rates than rest

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Significant state investment is required to address ‘shocking’ inequalities that leave cancer patients in the West at greater risk of succumbing to the disease.

A meeting of Regional Health Forum West heard that survival rates for breast, lung and colorectal cancers than the national average, and with the most deprived quintile of the population, the West’s residents faced poorer outcomes from a cancer diagnosis.

For breast cancer patients, the five-year survival rate was 80% in the West versus 85% nationally; for lung cancer patients it was 16.7% in the west against a 19.5% national survival rate; and in the West’s colorectal cancer patients, there was a 62.6% survival rate where the national average was 63.1%.

These startling statistics were provided in answer to a question from Ballinasloe-based Cllr Evelyn Parsons (Ind) who said it was yet another reminder that cancer treatment infrastructure in the West was in dire need of improvement.

“The situation is pretty stark. In the Western Regional Health Forum area, we have the highest incidence of deprivation and the highest health inequalities because of that – we have the highest incidences of cancer nationally because of that,” said Cllr Parsons, who is also a general practitioner.

In details provided by CEO of Saolta Health Care Group, which operates Galway’s hospitals, it was stated that a number of factors were impacting on patient outcomes.

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Galway minors continue to lay waste to all opponents

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Galway's Aaron Niland is chased by Cillian O'Callaghan of Cork during Saturday's All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Stephen Marken/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-18

Cork 1-10

NEW setting; new opposition; new challenge. It made no difference to the Galway minor hurlers as they chalked up a remarkable sixth consecutive double digits championship victory at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

The final scoreline in Thurles may have been a little harsh on Cork, but there was no doubting Galway’s overall superiority in setting up only a second-ever All-Ireland showdown against Clare at the same venue on Sunday week.

Having claimed an historic Leinster title the previous weekend, Galway took a while to get going against the Rebels and also endured their first period in a match in which they were heavily outscored, but still the boys in maroon roll on.

Beating a decent Cork outfit by 14 points sums up how formidable Galway are. No team has managed to lay a glove on them so far, and though Clare might ask them questions other challengers haven’t, they are going to have to find significant improvement on their semi-final win over 14-man Kilkenny to pull off a final upset.

Galway just aren’t winning their matches; they are overpowering the teams which have stood in their way. Their level of consistency is admirable for young players starting off on the inter-county journey, while the team’s temperament appears to be bombproof, no matter what is thrown at them.

Having romped through Leinster, Galway should have been a bit rattled by being only level (0-4 each) after 20 minutes and being a little fortunate not to have been behind; or when Cork stormed out of the blocks at the start of the second half by hitting 1-4 to just a solitary point in reply, but there was never any trace of panic in their ranks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Gardaí and IFA issue a joint appeal on summer road safety

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Galway IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche

GARDAÍ and the IFA have issued a joint appeal to all road users to take extra care as the silage season gets under way across the country.

Silage harvesting started in many parts of Galway last week – and over the coming month, the sight of tractors and trailers on rural roads will be getting far more frequent.

Inspector Conor Madden, who is in charge of Galway Roads Policing, told the Farming Tribune that a bit of extra care and common-sense from all road users would go a long way towards preventing serious collisions on roads this summer.

“One thing I would ask farmers and contractors to consider is to try and get more experienced drivers working for them.

“Tractors have got faster and bigger – and they are also towing heavy loads of silage – so care and experience are a great help in terms of accident prevention,” Inspector Madden told the Farming Tribune.

He said that tractor drivers should always be aware of traffic building up behind them and to pull in and let these vehicles pass, where it was safe to do so.

“By the same token, other road users should always exercise extra care; drive that bit slower; and ‘pull in’ that bit more, when meeting tractors and heavy machinery.

“We all want to see everyone enjoying a safe summer on our roads – that extra bit of care, and consideration for other roads users can make a huge difference,” said Conor Madden.

He also advised motorists and tractor drivers to be acutely aware of pedestrians and cyclists on the roads during the summer season when more people would be out walking and cycling on the roads.

The IFA has also joined in on the road safety appeal with Galway IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche asking all road users to exercise that extra bit of care and caution.

“We are renewing our annual appeal for motorists to be on the look out for tractors, trailers and other agricultural machinery exiting from fields and farmyards,” she said.

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