Galway In Days Gone By

This photograph was taken in the late 1960s. It shows Nora Divilly (nee Cosgrave) seated on the statue of Padraic O'Coniare which was a popular spot for photos while it was in Eyre Sqaure from 1935 until it was vandalised in 1999. Nora Divilly was the wife of Martin Divilly who served two terms as Mayor of Galway in 1963-64 and 1970-71. Photo courtesy of Rosemary Divilly.
This photograph was taken in the late 1960s. It shows Nora Divilly (nee Cosgrave) seated on the statue of Padraic O'Coniare which was a popular spot for photos while it was in Eyre Sqaure from 1935 until it was vandalised in 1999. Nora Divilly was the wife of Martin Divilly who served two terms as Mayor of Galway in 1963-64 and 1970-71. Photo courtesy of Rosemary Divilly.

1916

Further arrest

On Wednesday, a lad named Riedy, who had been missing since the Rising, was arrested and subsequently released. Although everything was peaceable in Kinvara during the Rising and since, between 20 and 30 arrests have been made and the “suspects” are still interned in spite of the efforts made for their release.

Surely it is a scandalous victimisation of the county to keep these young men in prison at a time when their services on the farms are sorely needed.

Workers drain

At present employees are being drained out of Galway (where we are unable to provide them with constant work) for munition working in England where they are earning excellent wages. Despite the spirited action of local men, the project to start, as a private limited company, a munitions factory in the city has failed, but we have strong grounds for stating that there is a probability of a £90,000 Government factory being established. The project is being well worked up locally, and has received considerable support from people in high quarters.

1941

Torpedoed crew lands

Another grim sidelight on the war at sea was revealed at Galway docks early on Friday morning when, ill-clad, haggard, starving and bone-weary, twenty-one members of a torpedoed Glasgow vessel were brought ashore from the Irish steamer which had picked them up off Slyne Head on the previous day.

Members of the Galway branch of the Red Cross organisation and the Local Security Force, together with nurses from the Central Hospital, assisted the port authorities, members of the Maritime Inscription Corps, and the Gardaí in caring for the seamen.

There were ten stretcher cases, and two of the men were dangerously ill.

The Glasgow steamer was torpedoed without warning on June 7th when outward bound 1,200 miles off the Irish coast, and the captain stated that no effort was made by the submarine to save the crew. The third engineer was killed when the ship was struck.

The ship’s second lifeboat also has been picked up with the remaining eighteen of the crew.

Rat bit baby’s hand

The terrible conditions that exist in some Galway city tenements was mentioned at Thursday’s meeting of the Galway Corporation. Ald. Miss Ashe said that a rat bit a baby’s hand in one tenement in St. Augustine Street that had been closed down but later re-occupied.

Petrol scandal

Speaking in the Dáil, Mr. G Bartley touched on something which has been the cause of surprise and some resentment everywhere when he spoke of the number of private motor cars to be seen at race meetings, dog meetings and other sporting functions all over the country.

He asked where did these people get petrol, stating that he would be surprised to discover that the ration enabled them to undertake all the travelling they appeared to be in a position to enjoy.

Mr. Bartley said it was disturbing to see private cars careering about whilst vehicles which should be engaged in essential services were idle for want of fuel.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.