Galway In Days Gone By

The Connacht rugby team after playing an inter-pro at a muddy Galway Sportsground in 1938.
The Connacht rugby team after playing an inter-pro at a muddy Galway Sportsground in 1938.

1918

Shooting outrages

Two shooting outrages occurred at about one o’clock on Thursday morning when the houses of two respectable farmers in Rahoon were fired into. The first house attacked was that of Mr. James Feeney, the gun shot entering the bedroom window, in which he and his wife were sleeping.

A few minutes later the house of Denis Tierney, who resides in the same neighbourhood, was also fired into, the shot reaching his bedroom. Fortunately, none of the parties was injured. No motive can be assigned for this occurrence.

The matter was reported to Sergt. Reilly, who with Mr. Ruttledge, Co. Inspector, and Head-Constable Killacky, visited the place.

Soldiers and police

A scene was created in William-street on Friday night when two Connaught Rangers (privates) were being placed under arrest by the police on the instructions of an officer. They violently resisted the interference of the police patrol.

Meanwhile, a crowd of people gathered, following with deep interest the scuffle between opposing forces. Extra constabulary eventually succeeded in removing the recalcitrant Tommies to the barracks.

Coal scarcity

The dearth of coal reached an acute stage during the week-end. The quantity of coal in the yards was very limited, and turf was snapped up at high prices. In the larger city institutions, the situation created by the scarcity was very serious, particularly in the workhouse.

On Monday morning at the latter institution, only a few cwt. of coal was in stock, and after considerable difficulty, a provisional supply of coke was secured, otherwise the concern would have been fireless.

1943

G.A.A. rowdyism

A call to all clubs to co-operate whole-heartedly with the Co. Board, to abide by the rules of the Association, and by those fundamental rules of truth and justice in their dealings with others – given to them thousands of years ago in the Ten Commandments – was issued by Mr. Thos. O’Connor, Chairman of the Galway Co. Board of the G.A.A., in his Presidential address to the County Convention in Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe on Sunday.

Referring to disturbances at games, Mr. O’Connor declared: “Every reflection cast on our games in this county is not a reflection on the games, but on the people of the county – on their conduct, their character and their outlook.

“Serious disturbances at some of our matches, an increase in the number of objections which indicates a disregard for our rules, and the very few minor league teams fielded all show that there are many among us who do not live up to the ideals of our Association.

“Critics and grousers decry our games, especially hurling. What I want to impress on you and on them is that there is nothing wrong with our games. The games for which our Association caters are probably the best all-round games in the world.

“The fault is not with the games, but in those connected with them – players, spectators – and officials if you like.

Fairs on the streets

It is an extraordinary fact that, despite repeated protests and appeals by townspeople concerned throughout the length and breadth of the country, fairs continue to be held on the public street to the great inconvenience of everybody concerned and the inevitable dislocation of traffic.

Whatever excuse there may have been got holding fairs on the streets a couple of generations ago, when life was taken at a much slower pace and motor traffic had not yet made its appearance, there is no possible justification nowadays. This fact is generally recognised, yet there is hardly any record of suitable action having been taken and the nuisance persists.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.