Galway In Days Gone By

The Oranmore camogie team pictured in 1967.
The Oranmore camogie team pictured in 1967.

1918

Shooting outrages

Two shooting outrages occurred in Cummer district last week. On Wednesday night, at about 8.45, a shot was fired through the bedroom window of the house of MI. Nolan, Anbally. Beyond the window being shattered, there was no damage done.

Mr. Nolan’s daughter was at the time sitting by the window, but was not injured. The shot was, apparently, fired from a distance, as the lamp, which was placed on the table in the centre of the room, was not touched by any of the pellets.

Nolan is one of a number of tenants amongst whom, it is stated, there is a dispute over some land which they hold on the Col. Knox estate.  On Thursday night, at about 8.15, as Constable Kerrisk, of the Cummer police barracks, was getting some water in the back yard, he heard some noise and voices in the shrubbery at the back of the wall which encloses the barrack yard.

Just as he was re-entering the barracks, a shot rang out, but the constable was not hit. The police in the barrack immediately searched the place around, but could find no trace of the firing party.

Very Rev. Canon Curran strongly denounced the outrages at last Mass at Cummer on Sunday. Mr. Comerford, D.I., Tuam, and the police investigated the occurrences, but no arrests have, so far, resulted.

Washed ashore

News reached the widow and family during the week that Michl. Conneely, a member of the crew of a mine sweeper, was washed ashore in the South of England. He was about 55 years of age, and resided in Long Walk before joining the Navy.

1943

Food warning

Neither the farmers nor anybody else in the country can say that they have not had made plain to them during the past few weeks the vital necessity of growing more food for this hard-pressed nation. The Taoiseach, himself, has made eloquently clear the gravity of the position and, last Saturday, Mr. Frank Aiken, Minister for the Co-ordination of Defensive Measures, appealed directly to the farmers of County Galway.

Mr. Aiken’s appeal was, perhaps, the most comprehensive yet made in a single speech. Not only did he plead for an extra 125,000 acres of wheat this year, but he also asked for a greatly increased growth of potatoes, oats, barley, sugar beet, turnips, mangolds and other root crops and he gave very sound reason for asking. In particular he stressed the need to increase the acreage under potatoes.

Mr. Aiken pointed out that the potato is particularly important where there is a small acreage of land per head of the population such as obtains in a large part of County Galway where the farmers have to get the greatest possible amount of food out of the land.

He ridiculed the idea that anybody in the West had a surplus of potatoes last year – when County Galway grew eleven thousand acres less than in 1941 – and reminded his hearers that they should know all about ensilage by now.

It was a practical speech which revealed just where the farmers in the West had fallen short and showed what could be done – and MUST be done – if we are not to be confronted with the spectre of hunger throughout the country. This is no time for complacent optimism. At the earliest, according to the views of military experts in the service of some of the belligerent nations, we need not expect peace before the winter of 1944.

Rousing call

When Irish sailors are risking their lives to bring us supplies, when a Galway boy – peace to his soul – lost his life in an Irish ship bringing us supplies, surely Galway farmers will not shirk toil and hardship.

The above is a sentence from a forceful letter advocating more tillage which was addressed by his lordship, the Most. Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.