Galway In Time Gone By

1913

Clever ruse
An interesting story of how the police outwitted poteen makers in Connemara was disclosed at a Special Court in Connemara, when Tom Carter, Mucknigh, was fined £6 for being concerned in illicit distillation.

It appears that for some time Sergeant Gilleese, Costello, had suspected that poteen was being made in the district, but so vigilant were the makers that the police could not discover the illicit still.

At length, the police succeeded by means of a ruse. The sergeant dressed as a woman, and was rowed in a boat by two constables in plain clothes to Mucknigh. The “woman” then proceeded towards an imminence and looked round as though uncertain of the right way.

A stone wall was in the way and Carter emerged from his hiding place to assist the “woman” over. His chivalry proved his undoing. The sergeant seized him, and discovered his hiding place and complete still. Carter’s two sons were on the lookout, but had actually gone down to the boat to talk to the two policemen before discovering their identity.

The strike
The City during the week has been extremely quiet. There has been little to denote that a strike has been in progress, save groups of listless labourers on the streets and the passing of occasional carts driven by an employer or one of his relatives.

Helmeted constabulary men patrol the streets and guard the various factories and establishments night and day, but there has been no attempt at sabotage. The pervading stillness conveys no outward sign of the paralysed trade of the City, that means the loss of hundreds of pounds to the merchants.

The conduct of the labourers has been exemplary, and there has not been the slightest trace of anything approaching organised violence.

1938

Can Irish girls cook?
“When Irish cooks are good cooks, you can’t beat them, because they have instinctive knowledge of the value of food. They appreciate that Irish meat is the best in the world, and that its flavour is not to be disguised by sauces, but brought out by proper methods.

“Owing to the circumstances of our history, and the ignoring of the importance of domestic training and cooking in former times, girls did not get the proper chance of learning, but when the opportunity did come their way, they made the utmost use of it.”

This statement was made by Senator Mrs. Helena Concannon, D.Litt., Lios na Mara, Salthill, who said that domestic economy should be an essential part of every girl’s education and no girl could call herself educated unless she was competent in the management of a home.

Boxing tourney
Irish, Scottish, international and provincial champions were on view at the Salthill tourney on Friday night, when a record attendance of two thousand five hundred people thronged the Pavilion to see some of the best boxing ever staged west of the Shannon.

Stowaways on liner
When the Hamburg-American North-German liner, St. Louis, arrived in Galway Harbour on Friday it had on board two stowaways named Hugh Boyle, of Annaghgree, County Donegal, and Albert Ansberry, who is stated to be an American citizen.

They were taken into custody by the Emigration Officers, and Boyle was discharged after questioning, but Ansberry was detained. They were discovered by a steward when the boat was two days out from New York, and the passengers held a collection for them.

Boyle, who emigrated to New York less than twelve months ago, worked as a porter in the Royal Hotel, Galway. Ansberry is still in Galway jail pending enquiries as to his citizenship. If he is found to be an American citizen, he will be deported back to America.