Galway In Days Gone By

Traders in Eyre Square in thye 1970s at the location currently being occupied by the Galway Christmas Market.
Traders in Eyre Square in thye 1970s at the location currently being occupied by the Galway Christmas Market.

1916

No Christmas box

A largely-attended, and very representative, meeting of the Shopkeepers of Galway was held on Thursday evening last, when, after discussing the difficulties of carrying on business at the present time, it was unanimously decided to abolish the giving of Xmas Boxes and Gifts of every kind. It was further decided to have a printed notice hung in the premises of all traders who have signed the resolution.

Larceny of turf

At Kinvara Petty Sessions, Thomas Connealy (who said he travelled all the way from Galway to meet the charge) and John Flaherty (who did not appear) were charged with the larceny of turf from the quay – a practice, said Sergt. Reilly, the prosecutor, which has become the cause of complaint.

While on patrol at daybreak, he and a constable saw the turf being taken from the quay. Connealy said his pal was one of those men who when told to do the right thing always did the wrong thing (laughter). Ultimately, the case against Connealy was dismissed, and a small fine was enforced on Flaherty.

1941

Local patriots

One of the most encouraging features of last Sunday’s great review of the defence and auxiliary forces in Galway City was the splendid muster of the men and women from the remote country areas. Despite transport difficulties and the bitterness of the weather, they came many miles to take their places in the ranks of the marching thousands who paraded before the Taoiseach.

Mr. de Valera must have been greatly heartened by that display of Western patriotism, and there is no doubt that he realised and fully appreciated the self-sacrifice which it entailed in the majority of instances.

But the Taoiseach also was keenly aware of the fact that if all the men and women of the city and county were doing their duty by their country in this hour of crisis, the parade would have taken at least three times as long to pass the saluting base. The West is not half awake as yet.

ESB rates too high

Galway remains firmly convinced that the increased E.S.B. charges should not apply in this area, notwithstanding Mr. Lemass’s endorsement in the Dáil last week of the Board’s action. Since the inception of the Shannon Scheme, the charges in the Galway area have been very much in excess of those in most other areas.

Litter by-laws

Galway Corporation has unanimously adopted by-laws dealing with (1) tents, vans, sheds and similar structures in the borough area; (2) nuisances and the removal of house refuse, and (3) the good rule and government of the city (anti-litter).

The by-laws for the good rule and government of the city forbid the distribution of hand-bills on the streets, the throwing of advertising papers, ‘bus or rail tickets, newspapers, cigarette or match boxes, fruit peels, bottles, broken glass, nails or other sharp substances or any other kind of litter on the streets. Every offence against any of the by-laws makes the offender liable to a penalty up to £5.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.