Galway In Days Gone By

A Traveller family camped on the side of Lough Atalia Road in Galway City in September 1969.
A Traveller family camped on the side of Lough Atalia Road in Galway City in September 1969.

1917

Glorious Sinn Féin

At Oranmore Petty Sessions, a young farmer named James Flanagan was charged by Constable Smyth for disorderly conduct on the road between Oranmore and Galway on the evening of February 24th. Constable Smyth stated that he heard noise on the road, and on going up to where the defendant was, heard him shouting “Glorious Sinn Féin”. Defendant was not sober at the time.

In reply to Mr. Joseph Kilbride, R.M., Sergt. Healy said that the defendant had been interned after the rebellion and was released before Christmas. He (Sergt. Healy) was afraid that many of the young men in the country were endeavouring to perpetuate trouble and were keeping up the spirit of the rebellion.

Mr. Kilbride said that on the last Court day the Bench had sent two men to jail for using language contrary to the Defence of the Realm Act, and It was extraordinary that the defendant did not take warning by that.

“Need I say,” added the Chairman, “that the rebellion was certainly not a glorious day for Ireland.”

Defendant said he was very sorry for what had occurred. He had drink taken at the time and did not mean what he said, although he remembered it quite well. He had since taken the pledge.

Mr. Kilbride: If this young man is let off with a fine, it really means nothing, for at present the price of a stone of potatoes will pay the fine and costs (laughter). However, owing to the fact that the defendant had got an excellent character, taken the pledge, and promised the bench not to make use of such expressions again, a fine of 5s. would be imposed, and he would have to find bail for his future good behaviour, himself in £10, and two sureties of £5 each.

Killed at bridge

A terrible tragedy has been reported from Cloonboo. Michael Shaughnessy, of Balroebuck, was returning from Galway with a load of manure on Saturday, and at a place called Addergoole Bridge, his horse shied. The unfortunate man endeavoured to jump off the cart to stop the animal, when he was jammed between the shafts and the bridge, and died soon afterwards.

1942

Raiders in the Bay

It is very gratifying to learn that the publicity given in recent issues of the Connacht Tribune to the depredations caused in Galway Bay by British trawlers has resulted in successful action by one of our fishery patrol vessels.

The punishment inflicted upon two of the offenders by District Justice Mac Giollarnath may be regarded as stiff, but it was not one whit too stiff. Each was fined the maximum sum for a first offence – £50, with confiscation of the gear and half the fish on board.

But this is only a drop in the ocean compared with the many thousands of pounds’ worth of fish that British trawlers have been in the habit of scooping out of Galway Bay in a week or ten days.

The people who really foot the bill for the raiders are the poor fishermen of Galway whose means of livelihood is snatched from under their noses during the best season of the year. It is a pity that the fines cannot be put into a fund for the relief of distress in the Cladach occasioned by these depredations. The seized fish and the gear, too, should be sold for the fishermen’s benefit.

When the question of penalty was being discussed in Court yesterday, District Justice Mac Giollarnath said somewhat pessimistically: “I suppose it will all come out of Galway Bay.” His remark, however, stresses the difficulty of adequately safeguarding our coastwise fisheries with only two patrol boats – it is, in fact, an impossibility.

Players suspended

After considering the report of the referee on the Galway City-U.C.G. game – it was reported that the referee and one of the College players were struck – the Board suspended P. Glynn (Galway City) for twelve months and C. Hughes for three years, and it was agreed to ask the City Club to change their attitude on the field.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.