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April 29, 2010



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Police news

During the week, Constables O’Donnell and Ashe, of Tuam, and other constables from the outlying stations, were transferred on temporary duty to Ballymoe, where extensive cattle drives have taken place of late. Constable Flynn, of Castlehackett, has left for Clonberne.


An amusing story has been told to our representative of a late Sergeant at Castlehackett, who, not long before his departure dropped on what he thought was an excellent case for the Petty Sessions.

A little lad was sauntering down the road in that quiet district. He was carrying a can in his hand. On being met by the Sergeant and another policeman, an examination was made of the contents of the can.

The analysis of the contents, we are told, disclosed not the “good stuff”, which would lead to a prosecution under the Children’s Act, but a quart of buttermilk.

Runaway horse

A runaway scene, which might have had serious results in other circumstances, was witnessed in Shop Street, Tuam, on Tuesday evening last, the animal, which galloped out of the archway leading to the premises of Messrs. Murphy and Sons, and reaching the public thoroughfare, ran straight for the footpath opposite the premises of Mr. John Connelly.

In the impact of the wheel and the kerbstone, the axle got broken. One of the shafts came in collision with the shop window, breaking the glass to pieces. The infuriated animal proceeded towards the Bridge with the dilapidated vehicle, and on reaching the end of the street, collided with an approaching float, belonging to Mr. Rishworth. Some people who were convenient waited until a young fellow who was in charge arrived.

Daring theft

A daring theft was perpetrated at the residence of Messrs. Turner, Tuam, on Monday night. It was found on Tuesday that an out-office was broken into during the previous night, and some fowl and potatoes removed.

The police authorities have succeeded in locating the fowl, and Constables McIntyre and Confrey on Wednesday at about 2 o’clock, arrested a man on the charge of having stolen the goods.

He was detained in custody pending a magisterial inquiry.


Rent settlement

After a long, drawn-out battle for a 50 per cent reduction of rents, a settlement has at last been reached between the Earl of Harewood and his tenants on the Loughrea estate. Some time ago, the local branch of the Town Tenants’ Association demanded the above reduction, but the landlord declined to allow the abatement.

A ‘no rent’ manifesto was subsequently issued by the Town Tenants’ Association pending a satisfactory solution of the question at issue. After protracted negotiations between the branch on one side and Mr. Munroe estate agent, on the other, an amicable arrangement was come to during the week, whereby the tenants agreed to accept the landlord’s offer of a 35 per cent reduction.

The leaseholders and fee farm grant tenants are to be dealt with desperately by the agent, who undertook to treat their claims on equitable terms with that of the yearly tenants. The settlement has given considerable satisfaction locally.

Husband and wife charged

Owen McDonagh and his wife, Mary McDonagh, of the itinerant class, were arrested in Galway on Friday night. When arrested they had two children with them, one aged eight years and the other aged about one year and eight months.

The children were immediately sent to Loughrea County Home and the parents were charged before Mr. Powell, P.C., at a special court on Saturday with assault on guards, disorderly behaviour, and with being drunk while in charge of a child under age. They were both remanded in custody to the next district court in the area.

Galway v. Cork

One of the most important hurling contests of the league season will be staged in the Sports Ground, Galway, on Sunday, when Galway meet Cork in the National League. Every care is being taken to have the best teams fielded by both counties and according to recent displays, there is no reason to doubt that the contest will be one of the keenest yet witnessed in this venue. Cork has infused quite a number of new blood into their team to uphold the honour of their hurling tradition.

As a curtain raiser to the league contest, there is also listed to take place one of the most important senior county championship football matches of the 1935 season when UCG, the holders, meet Corofin in the first round of this important series.

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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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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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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