Galway In Days Gone By

Members of the organising committee at the Castlegar parish social. Standing: John Carr, Kevin Shaughnessy, Stephen Francis, Patrick Shaughnessy, Mark Heneghan. Seated: Matthew Hackett, Fr. Bernard Duffy and John Molloy.
Members of the organising committee at the Castlegar parish social. Standing: John Carr, Kevin Shaughnessy, Stephen Francis, Patrick Shaughnessy, Mark Heneghan. Seated: Matthew Hackett, Fr. Bernard Duffy and John Molloy.

1918

Exciting Claddagh scene

The Claddagh on Friday week, was the scene of an exciting encounter between Dominick-street Police and a resident named Thomas Tynan, who is about 35 years of age. On that morning, he was noticed outside his house wearing pants only and brandishing a German sword which his brother brought back from France, in a defiant manner.

He appeared very excited and his demeanour created considerable alarm among the inhabitants. Sergt. McGlynn and Constable Donegan visited the scene and proceeded to arrest Tynan.

He immediately attempted to rush for the sword. The police dashed upon him and a terrific encounter ensued between them. A large dog, the property of Tynan, joined in the ray and violently attacked the police.

Sergt. McGlynn succeeded in temporarily stunning the animal with a blow from his stick which got broken. Other police came to the sergeant and constable’s aid and eventually overpowered Tynan and conveyed him to Dominick-street Barracks.

He was charged before Messrs. Conor Berne and J.M. Campbell, J.P.s on that day and committed as a dangerous lunatic to Ballinasloe Asylum.

1943

Galway-Clifden railway

Mr. Gerald Bartley, T.D., has denied that the Government was responsible for the closing down of the Galway-Clifden railway, and said that the road service served districts in Connemara miles from the old railway line much better than it had done.

More land division

Three Connacht Deputies in the Dáil declared that land re-settlement, so far as the West is concerned, is as pressing as ever. They urged that the officers of the Land Commission who had been loaned to the Department of Agriculture, should be taken back in order to deal with it.

The Western Deputies were Messrs. Beegan, Bartley and Killilea. The last-named Deputy, whose speech was criticised by Mr. James Dillon, urged that the Land Commission should step in and fix a price for any holdings of from 60 acres upwards in the congested areas which were offered for sale.

City art gallery

The establishment of a permanent Municipal Art Gallery in Galway may not be feasible for some years, but a first step in that direction was taken at a public meeting in the Borough Council Offices on Monday when a provisional committee was appointed to make preliminary arrangements.

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Dramatic turn

Liam Mellowes 2-2 Army 0-7. A whirlwind finish that won a goal five seconds before the final whistle was sounded, gave Liam Mellowes a point victory over the Army in the first round of the Galway Senior Hurling Championship at Galway Sports Ground on Sunday. It was a dramatic ending to a game of grand hurling in which the Army fifteen led practically all the way.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.