Galway In Days Gone By

Galway Boy Scouts setting off from Galway rail station on a tour in August 1971.
Galway Boy Scouts setting off from Galway rail station on a tour in August 1971.

1917

No extra trains

In order to secure the granting of railway excursion facilities to the various seaside resorts, a deputation waited on the Chief Secretary in the House of Commons during the week on the subject. The deputation included Capt. Gwynn. The Chief Secretary was very sympathetic, and said he realised the hardships that had been caused by the withdrawal of the usual summer excursion facilities, and he promised to make further representations on the matter to the Railway Executive Committee.

This is a very important matter for the people of Salthill, as presently the number of visitors at this well-known seaside resort is well below the average of former seasons.

In a letter to Mr. J. Cremen, of Salthill, the Member for Galway City said hr was hopeful that something would be done. The railway directorate will not, however, he says, run more trains.

Connemara poverty

At a meeting of Galway District Council held on Saturday, Mr. Curran alluded to the poverty of the district where the recent explosion had taken place. The people were in an appalling condition and they could not give them out-door relief.

He complained that Mr. O’Malley, the member for Connemara, had done nothing for the district. He ought to be written to.

Infant found

A female infant, about a week old, was found at 7 o’clock on Thursday morning in a float on Merchant’s Road by a team going to work. The child, which was neatly clad, was brought to the hospital. Efforts are being made to determine the mother.

Competent servants

The best mode of securing a competent servant is to insert an advertisement in the Prepaid Column of the “Tribune”. Our rates are 1/2d per word, the money to accompany the order.

1942

Record Race Week

Mr. Peter Kelly, manager of the Irish Tourist Association office in Galway, said that judging from the enquiries received up to the present, a record crowd should come to Galway for Race Week. Some of the hotels in Galway were so busy, he said, that they would take only bookings for the week and would not take bookings for three days, as heretofore.

As far as the holiday traffic into Galway up to the present is concerned, the smaller type of hotel and boarding house seems to be doing the best trade. Many people are arriving for their holidays on bicycles.

Holiday makers from the North of Ireland who have arrived in Galway have been delighted with the service and food they got in Galway and Salthill. So far, he had received no complaints of a shortage of foodstuffs.

Triumph of courage

Despite the formidable obstacles in the way this year, Galway Races bid fair to be as successful as ever – if not more successful than at any time in the history of this celebrated meeting. This is good news not only for racegoers, but for the citizens of Galway as a whole to whom Race Week means a great deal more than a mere sporting fixture.

The city is deeply indebted to the Mayor, Alderman J.F. Costello, to Mr. J. Young, Chairman of the Galway Race Committee, and the other members of that body, who refused to be daunted by the almost insurmountable difficulties and, by dogged persistence, intelligent and unremitting attention to detail, and skilful planning, have ensured not only the continuance of the race meeting, but its complete success.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.