Galway In Days Gone By

Galway goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty clears the ball upfield in the 1964 All-Ireland defeat of Kerry,at a jam-packed Croke Park the county's first title in their legendary three-in-a-row triumphs. Players frequently wore caps in those days and, as well as the goalie, Galway's Sean Meade is also sporting one. Other players in the photo are Tom Lowry and Mick O'Dwyer of Kerry and Enda Colleran of Galway.
Galway goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty clears the ball upfield in the 1964 All-Ireland defeat of Kerry,at a jam-packed Croke Park the county's first title in their legendary three-in-a-row triumphs. Players frequently wore caps in those days and, as well as the goalie, Galway's Sean Meade is also sporting one. Other players in the photo are Tom Lowry and Mick O'Dwyer of Kerry and Enda Colleran of Galway.

1917

Fined for driving

At Galway Petty Sessions, Mrs. Julia Dowling, Ballinasloe, was charged under the Petrol Restrictions Order for using petrol in going to the Galway Races on the 1st August, contrary to the Order which prevented the use of motor cars for conveyance to a race meeting. Mr. Hildebrand, D.I., stated that on the 1st August, the defendant was informed by the police in Ballinasloe that if she went to the Galway Races in a motor car, she would be committing a breach of the law, and she replied: “If I do, I will have to take the consequences.” At several places along the road, she was stopped and asked did she know she was committing a breach of the Order, and she always gave practically the same answer.

Evidence was given by several members of the constabulary as to warnings given to the defendant. Sergt. O’Neill, Ballinasloe, stated that Mrs. Dowling showed him a letter of an appointment with a dentist in Galway on that evening. The District Inspector pressed for a heavy penalty.

The Chairman said this was a grave case and they would fine the defendant £5 and 17s. 6d. costs. Mr J. Young hoped in future that the people driving hackney or motor cars would consider what they were doing. He saw in England last week where two different parties had been fined £50 each for a breach of the Regulations.

Bofin blaze

On Monday morning, between 5 and 6 o’clock, a.m., a fire broke out in the Bofin Hotel, Inishbofin island, which is owned by Mr. John C. Day, and notwithstanding efforts to combat the flames, the hotel was burned to the ground. The fire was discovered by a boatman named Halloran, and Mrs. Day and her children, who were sleeping in the hotel, were awakened and got safely out of the premises. The fire lasted until close on noon.

1942

Galway free from epidemic

In view of the apprehension caused in Dublin and some other parts of the country by the present outbreak of infantile paralysis, this paper made enquiries as to the position in Galway city and county, and is glad to be able to present a reassuring report.

For the first time in history, cases of Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis (Infantile Paralysis) occurred in County Galway when, during the last quarter of last year, eight cases were notified – three in the town of Tuam and five in the dispensary area of Tuam and Abbey.

According to the annual report of Dr. B. O’Beirne, County Medical Officer of Health, the first case evidently had become affected in September, but the disease did not come under notice until November when, in the ordinary course of school medical inspection, two sisters were found to be affected. The remaining cases all were reported in that month.

No contact was established between the cases reported in this outbreak, but the disease seemed to have lost its potency as it suddenly ended in November.

Footballers not impressive

Dublin 1-10 Galway 1-8

More than 37,000 people saw Dublin defeat Galway in the All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park on Sunday. A team, who, despite obvious weaknesses in the first half, promised to bring the title across the Shannon were out-played in the last quarter by a faster Dublin side. Galway’s chances of victory, however, had not disappeared until the final whistle sounded and Dublin were lucky to have won.

The Cup was presented to Dublin on the field immediately after the game and the Dublin players were carried shoulder high from the pitch. The match ended on an unpleasant note. Joe Duggan, of the Galway team, was attacked by a number of the Dublin players and was struck by fists.

Galway: J. McGauran, F. Cunniffe, M. Connaire, P. McDonagh, J. Duggan, J. Casey, T. O’Sullivan, D. Kavanagh, C. Connolly, J. Clifford, M. Fallon, J. Canavan, J. Flavin, P. Thornton, S. Thornton. Subs: E. Mulholland, Sean Walsh.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.