Galway In Days Gone By

Williamsgate Street in Galway in the early 1960s with Corbetts furniture store and Blackrock clothing dominating the right hand side of the street and Fallers Jewellers on the left where it still thrives today.
Williamsgate Street in Galway in the early 1960s with Corbetts furniture store and Blackrock clothing dominating the right hand side of the street and Fallers Jewellers on the left where it still thrives today.

1916

Patient’s disappearance

On Tuesday night of last week, a patient in the Galway County Hospital disappeared, and, despite the most anxious and thorough search on the part of the hospital officials, the man’s own people, and the police, his continued absence remains unexplained.

His name is Fahy and his friends reside in Kilkerrin, Balliansloe. He was seen going out the back door by two of the wardsmaids, who attached no particular significance to the action as, apparently, it implied no violation of the rules of the institution.

When he did not return after a reasonable interval, a search was make of the grounds at the back, and of the dyke, by the hospital officials, but without result.

As it was thought he might have gone home, his people were communicated with, but he had not turned up there. In much alarm his friends at once came to Galway, and minutely went over the same grounds as the hospital, but with no better success.

The police investigated the environs of the lake, but no trace of the missing man could be found. It appeared that Mr. Fahy’s ailment was an affection of the heart and insomnia, but at the time of his disappearance he appeared to be in possession of all his faculties, and to be in good, sound spirits, there being nothing to indicate that, as far as he himself was concerned, he contemplated anything that would account for his non-return.

1941

Prom widening

Galway Corporation has adopted the suggestion made in a Connacht Tribune heading last week, and has recommended that the L.G.D. should give the widening of Salthill Promenade preference over minor road and footpath schemes recently prepared.

Salthill obstruction

Mr. P. O’Flaherty, B.E., Borough Surveyor, reported at the meeting of Galway Corporation that a large heap of sand lay alongside the channel in front of the building that had been erected for Mrs. Toft at Salthill and it appeared that the obstruction was not indicated by a light at night,

His Worship, the Mayor, Ald. J.F. Costello, P.C., H.C., who presided, said he had heard that there was nearly an accident out there.

Mr. Carrick said that a light should be provided or a watchman should be appointed to see that no accident occurred at night. The Corporation asked the Borough Surveyor to approach the owner and ask that a light should be provided.

Gravedigger shortage

Both the cost of living and the cost of dying occupied the attention of Loughrea’s Town Commissioners at their meeting on Monday. Mr. J Devine expressed the opinion that if the Government does not make an effort to stabilise the cost of living immediately, the country can be prepared for another wave of strikes.

Mr. J. Kilboy drew attention to the situation now existing in Loughrea where gravediggers cannot be got “for love or money”.

He gave instances of hardships caused to the bereaved when a funeral took place from Merlin Park to Mount Pleasant Cemetery recently when no one could be got to close the grave after the interment.

In another case it was suggested that as Co. Council workers could not get time off to close a grave until after quitting time in the evening, a funeral could not take place after Requiem Mass one morning to the same cemetery.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.