Galway In Days Gone By

Members of the National Farmers Association at a protest rally in Galway in February 1966.
Members of the National Farmers Association at a protest rally in Galway in February 1966.

1917

End it or mend it

A conference of contributing Unions was held at the Courthouse, Galway, to discuss the management and control of the Galway County Hospital, and devise means, if possible, whereby such management and control might be rendered more efficient, confidence in the institution restored, and the assessment decreased or the receipts utilised to better advantage.

Although only three out of the ten unions in the county were represented at the Conference, it may be noted in passing that these three are amongst the most important of the contributory areas.

To those who have given intelligent interest to important local questions, it has been clear for a number of years that very considerable discontent has prevailed in regard to the conditions obtaining at the County Hospital.

It is already admitted by the most progressive section of the Medical Staff, that the hospital is not taking the place it should occupy in the life of the county, and that it does not possess the advantages that an efficient clinical school attached to a modern University demands. Sweeping and drastic reforms are necessary in regard to building, equipment and administration.

A marvellous escape

Private Michael Leonard, Connaught Rangers, had a marvellous escape from death at Athenry on Thursday evening. He was crossing on the lines from the Tuam train to the Galway train, when he was struck on the back by the buffer of the engine attached to the Tuam train, and knocked, the train passing over him as he lay on the ground.

To the immense surprise of the large number of spectators he was found to be suffering from only slight injuries and shock. He was removed to the Galway train and conveyed to the Galway County Hospital, where he was treated by the House Surgeon (Dr. Corcoran) and detained. He is suffering from injuries to his head, legs and body.

1942

Rare seaweed

The finding in Galway Bay of a species of seaweed hitherto believed to be rare in European waters and subsequent investigations in the Science Laboratory of U.C.G. may eventually lead to the production in this country of agar – a substance used in many pharmaceutical preparations, in the culturing of bacteria in bacteriological laboratories, as a thickener for soups, etc., and largely in the canning industry.

A Galway firm is at present engaged in investigation the possibilities of the weed, but it is premature to predict that a large industry will develop. It is believed, however, that agar will eventually become on the products of a comprehensive seaweed industry.

Galway girl’s speciality

A Galway girl, Miss Kathleen Evans, is in charge of the gramophone records department at Radio Éireann. She can lay her hands on any desired disc without a moment’s hesitation if it is in stock.

Not only has Miss Evans to know the whereabouts of all sorts of musical records, but she must also be able to supply a large variety of “effects” discs for use in dramatic performances.

Petite dark-haired Kathleen has a mordant sense of humour which she indulges occasionally – as, for instance, when she selected as the introductory music for a very stout broadcaster the “Fatme” overture.

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