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April 1, 2010



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Gort water

A letter relating to the Gort Dispensary District was read at the Gort Union for the half-year ending on September last, which stated that the Local Government Board for Ireland have already indicated their willingness to fix the cost of the improvement of the water supply and sewerage of the town of Gort upon the three townlands into which the town extends, and the Board would request that the Council would proceed to formulate a scheme for dealing with these matters.

Congestion in Galway

The following resolution, passed by the Ballinasloe Board of Guardians, was received: – ‘That having regard to the fact that considerable portions of this county are congested, while other portions are given up to ranches, it is the opinion of this Board than an immediate application to this county of the recent Land Act is highly desirable, and this being so, it is inexplicable why the Co. of Galway should be left unrepresented on the Congested Districts Board, and we deem it ours duty to call upon the Government to repair the omission by the appointment of a suitable representative for this county.’

Suit of clothes

At the weekly meeting of Loughrea Board of Guardians, an inmate named John Greene applied for a suit of clothes and boots to enable him to leave the house.

Chairman: Is this man leaving the house?

Mr. Killeen said he believed he was. He went out every summer.

Chairman: Supposing he gets the clothes and don’t go out?

Master: He couldn’t remain in the house after getting the clothes.

Chairman: I think he is a useful man in the house.

Master: He did all the painting in the hospital last year. He recommended that the clothes be granted.

This was agreed on.

Weather danger

Some anxiety exists as to the result of the inquiry regarding the water and sewerage of Athenry. Now that the warm weather approaches the damger increases. It is to be hoped that something may be done to rectify these matters in the immediate future.

Sir Acheson MacCullagh, it appears, sent off his report and recommendations some weeks ago, and the delay has arisen at the Custom House, Dublin.


Banker promotion

Much satisfaction has been expressed in Galway at the promotion of Mr. Rd. J. Maume to the general managership of the National Bank of Ireland.

Mr. Maume was born in Headford, County Galway, during the period in which his father was manager of the branch of the National Bank in that town. The family came from Rathkeale, County Limerick.

An excellent golfer and a good all-round sportsman, Mr. Maume was exceedingly popular in Galway and his promotion in s regarded with complete satisfaction. His brother, Mr. George Maume, is now on the inspection staff of the head office.

Pig supply

At the pig fair held in Galway on Tuesday moning, the supply greatly exceeded the demand. Buyers were conspicuous by their absence. Limerick buyers are usually very prominent at Galway pig fairs, but only one or two of them were to be seen.

The demand, was, all round, very poor, and fell far short of expectations. Light pigs fetched from 34s. to 36s. per cwt. live weight, and heavy pigs fetched from 30s. to 32s. per cwt. live weight. Bonhams were sold at prices ranging from 20s. to 25s.

Connemara beet

The first definite news of an acre of beet being put down in Connemara comes from Clifden. Mr. Tobias Joyce has six men employed at present on the work at his farm at Island View, Faul. He is enthusiastic about the prospects of the crop. Although the season is very far advancd, it is expected that several more acres will be planted in Connemara within the next couple of weeks.


Under the provision of the Working Classes Act, Ballinasloe UDC have built nearly 100 houses, 60 being at present in course of construction. Over 100 houses were condemned by successive medical officers of health within the past few years as being unfit for habitation, owing principally to their location in areas devoid of air, light and proper sanitation.

Although the Council have tackled the clearance of the slums in a serious manner, there still remains much to be done before an adequate supply of suitable houses are ready to relieve congestion in other areas.

Loughrea’s streets

The insanitary condition of the town streets – particularly the main thoroughfare – after the weekly market, was referred to by Mr. J. Corry, who suggested that the matter be referred to the town steward with a view to having them cleansed immediately after the people attending the market in the town on Thursday evening. An order was made in accordance with Mr. Corry’s suggestion, the same ruling to apply to fair days.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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