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August 18, 2011

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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1911

War of words

At Kinvara Petty Sessions on Wednesday, a summons at the suit of Michael Lynch (for whom Mr. Daly, solr., appeared) against a local woman was called.

Mr. Daly explained the case. This woman had been continually abusing the plaintiff, who was a sub-sanitary officer. When inspecting this lady’s premises on August 2, he was subjected to most slanderous language by her.

She lived opposite him, and repeated this language on the 4th, 6th and 12th. The man was continually annoyed by this woman. Now the woman took to the bed the day before the court, but the doctor refused to give her a certificate.

The father of the defendant having given an undertaking that the language would not be repeated, the case was adjourned for a month.

Fares complaints

Numerous complaints are made about the fares charged by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company for tickets on the special trains run to Galway Races on Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to the fares being a bit excessive, the runs were unsatisfactory, long delays being experienced at Athenry. On Wednesday, the outgoing journey occupied nearly two hours. On the return journey the train left Galway at 7.40pm and arrived at 9.45pm.

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Train delay

The morning train from Athenry to Limerick on Saturday was nearly an hour late leaving Athenry on Saturday morning last, and many people attending the market in Gort, Ennis and Limerick were inconvenienced.

Those who left the train at Gort met passengers who were waiting at the station there for the up train from Limerick, which was, as a consequence of the lateness of the down train, also late. Many of the passengers from Athenry and Ballinasloe, who were kept waiting for nearly an hour at some of the stations, expressed much criticism quite publicly at this unexpected inconvenience on the Holy Day.

The reason for the lateness of the train was due to the fact that the morning train from Dublin was an hour late at Ballinasloe and Athenry, where the people waited patiently for an hour also. A passenger from Ballinasloe to Gort, who was also an hour late arriving there, was bitter in his criticisms to the writer (who was also an hour late).

Many of the remarks expressed by this passenger cannot be written here, but one outstanding remark, which, no doubt, many will agree with, was that if the morning train was an hour late in any other country in the world but this, there would be a public inquiry into the case.

The passenger in question, who had a few hours business to transact in Gort before he returned on the evening train, was, he said, unable to complete that work, and would be compelled to return another day to complete it, or otherwise spend the weekend there.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy

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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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Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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