Galway In Days Gone By

The Galway Junior Football team that beat Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1972. Back row (from left): Gabriel King (Mountbellew), Tommie Davin (Tuam), Michael Moore (Menlough), Marcus Conroy (Clonbur), Jim McMahon (Fr Griffins), Tommie Sands (Fr Griffins) and Tony Canney (Tuam). Front row (from left): Michael Byrne (Tuam), Alo Conneely (Spiddal), Thomas Divilly (Castleblakeney), Frank Rushe (Mountbellew), Jack Cosgrave (Clifden), Declan Kelly (Tuam), Tony Mannion (Killererin) and Michael Rooney (Cortoon).
The Galway Junior Football team that beat Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1972. Back row (from left): Gabriel King (Mountbellew), Tommie Davin (Tuam), Michael Moore (Menlough), Marcus Conroy (Clonbur), Jim McMahon (Fr Griffins), Tommie Sands (Fr Griffins) and Tony Canney (Tuam). Front row (from left): Michael Byrne (Tuam), Alo Conneely (Spiddal), Thomas Divilly (Castleblakeney), Frank Rushe (Mountbellew), Jack Cosgrave (Clifden), Declan Kelly (Tuam), Tony Mannion (Killererin) and Michael Rooney (Cortoon).

1917

Taken by force

An unseemly incident is reported from Brierhill, about two-and-a-half miles from Galway. It appears that on Sunday night week, a party of young men, said to be members of the Sinn Féin organisation, and numbering about two hundred, assembled in the vicinity.

They sent a deputation to the manager of the Brierhill National School, who is the local Parish Priest, requesting the use of the school for a dance. The request was not complied with.

Upon the result of the interview being communicated to the general body by the deputation, it was determined to enter the school by force. This was accordingly done, and, after dancing had been indulged for some hours, the party dispersed. Our correspondent, who visited the school, adds that no damage was done to the premises.

Speaking at Mass on Sunday, the Rev. Redmond McHugh, PP, strongly condemned the occurrence.

Cattle driving

Three cattle drives have taken place off the lands of Menlo during the past three weeks. The stock which were driven belonged to Messrs. John Kyne, Ballintemple and Patk. Duggan (senr.), Menlo. Mr. Kyne’s stock were removed on November 1st, and on two subsequent occasions, both his and Mr. Duggan’s were driven off the land. Some of the stock were found a distance of seven miles from home. Claims for compensation have been lodged by both parties.

1942

Mob attacks Gardaí

Two men were arrested following an attack by a number of men on Civic Guards who were escorting doctors in the Connemara typhus area. Five Civic Guards sustained minor injuries, and reinforcements were rushed to the scene.

After a quiet week, during which the medical authorities combating the typhus outbreak in Connemara operated undisturbed, “hostilities” again flared up over the weekend.

Connemara mining

The hope that big mining developments may soon commence in the Murvey District, near Roundstone, was again raised last week when experts spent three days in an intensive survey over a wide area there. The principal expert conducting the survey is the same gentleman whose report gave rise to the present enterprise in Muchiss, County Donegal, and many other mining concerns in the country,

Although strict reticence is being observed in the matter and our correspondent could get no definite information about the result of the survey, he gathered that the prospects are bright.

Overcharging fines

A total of £47 10s. in fines for overcharging was imposed by District Justice Mac Giollarnath at Galway Court on Thursday. The articles for which too much was charged included drinking chocolate, various kinds of jam, Bovril, tea, flour, cocoa, dripping, ground coffee, cigarettes and matches.

Ten Galway shopkeepers were involved. Three other defendants hailed from Dublin, having committed the offences at the Galway Races. These three defendants – two from the Coombe and one from Francis Street, Dublin – came specially from Dublin to attend the Court.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.