Galway In Days Gone By

Resting in his original perch in 1985, Sean Phádraic was a focal point of the old Eyre Square. He was removed during the revamp of the Square in 2004. A bronze replica Ó Conaire statue is currently in Eyre Square, but has not yet been unveiled. Also in the photograph is the commemorative fountain in the shape of Galway Hooker sails erected in 1984 to mark Galway's quincentenary.
Resting in his original perch in 1985, Sean Phádraic was a focal point of the old Eyre Square. He was removed during the revamp of the Square in 2004. A bronze replica Ó Conaire statue is currently in Eyre Square, but has not yet been unveiled. Also in the photograph is the commemorative fountain in the shape of Galway Hooker sails erected in 1984 to mark Galway's quincentenary.

1917

Second Easter rising

Two men who were arrested in New York on Tuesday have given their names as Liam Mellowes, who is alleged to be one of the leaders of the Sinn Féin movement, and Baron von Recklinghausen. The latter is described as a “patent” engineer of no little ability, and is declared to have been an intimate associate of Sinn Féiners. Papers found in his rooms show that large sums of money were forwarded to France to be used on behalf of Germany. The Baron will be interned.

Mellowes, when arrested, was in possession of a seaman’s passport in the name of Patrick Donnelly, which he asserted he intended to use in order to return to Ireland at the earlier opportunity.

Mellowes arrived in the United States shortly after the suppression of the Irish revolution, the authorities having learned of his association with Dr. Patrick McCartan, known as the first Ambassador in America of the Irish Republic.

The “New York Times” says the arrests of Mellowes and Von Recklinghausen have frustrated a Sinn Féin Rebellion, which was planned for next Easter, on the anniversary of the Dublin rebellion.

Threatening language

At Galway Petty Sessions, John Murphy, Tonabrucky, summoned John Murphy (Tom) for abusive and threatening language. Mr. P.S. McDonnell, solr., appeared for the defendant.

Complainant produced in court a large stone, which he alleged was thrown at him by the defendant.

Mr. McDonnell: Put that away. You have that here for dramatic effect. You are evidently fond of drama (laughter).

Complainant, in the course of cross-examination, admitted that he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, but it was 40 years ago. There was a cross-case for abusive language and assault, but the magistrates dismissed both cases on the merits.

1942

Outbreak of typhus

There have been further outbreaks of typhus over a rather widespread area in Spiddal district during the week. Cases have now been reported from both west and east of the village, and it appears as if the as if the virus had been well-dispersed before the disease manifested itself. Residents in Cois Fharraige are greatly alarmed as they recall that about thirty years ago when a similar epidemic occurred in the district it took a heavy toll of life.

Armed raid

Lettermore Gardaí are investigating a cowardly robbery with violence which took place in Lettermullen on Wednesday night, Oct. 21st, the victim being an eighty-years-old widow, Mrs. Mary Conneely, who lives with her seventy-five-years-old sister, Miss Celia O’Donnell.

It appears that at about 10.30p.m. on the date in question, three masked men entered Mrs. Conneely’s house and demanded money. When Mrs. Conneely said that she had none, the men immediately made for the bedrooms.

Miss O’Donnell tried to stop them, and one of the men struck her in the face. Proceeding to the bedroom, the men smashed open a press with the aid of a hatchet, and after they had left, it was found that the old ladies’ savings amounting to £30 were missing.

Both Mrs. Conneely and her sister are feeble and they were unable to summon help until a neighbour called the following morning.

Maritime training

To encourage the provision of suitable personnel for apprentice cadets in the Irish Mercantile Marine, a scheme has been organised whereby boys who desire to take up the sea as a career may compete in a examination for scholarships tenable in the marine classes of the Galway City Technical School.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.