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August 26, 2010



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A sad drowning accident occurred about four miles from Portumna recently, in which a child was drowned convenient to his home at Cappagh. It appears that the little boy, in company with his two other brothers, went to a river convenient, when the child fell in and was carried away with the current and drowned.

Unlicensed gun

The Excise Authorities summoned a man from Fiddane, for carrying a gun without being duly licensed. Mr. Powell represented the Excise Authorities, and Mr. J. A. Glynn, solr., appeared for defendant.

Constable O’Shea swore that on the 14th July he found the defendant carrying a gun at Fiddane without being duly licensed. He was about sixty yards from him at the time.

Witness followed him to the house, and was there informed by the defendant that he went to Fiddane to get a shot at a rabbit. Defendant said he was not licensed to carry a gun, but would take out a licence on the 1st August. He asked witness to overlook the offence.

Mr. Glynn, solr., on behalf of the defendant admitted the defence. Defendant’s brother had a licence and was out shooting. He was wanted at Gort, and defendant went to where he was shooting to bring the gun home for him.

The Chairman said Lord Gough did not wish to mark a conviction against the defendant. It may injure him later on. Mr. Powell said he had no authority to withdraw the prosecution.

Mr. Glynn said defendant would take out a licence. The Bench decided on fining defendant £10, and subsequently reduced it to £2 10s, with a recommendation that it be still further reduced to 5s.

Typhus outbreak

A serious outbreak of typhus fever has occurred in Lettermullen and Gorumna, and fever stricken poor in some parts of Lettermullen are actually starving. Sir Acheson McCullagh, Medical Inspector, states that there are now 18 cases of the disease, and seven or eight deaths have occurred during the past month.


Salthill tourism

Salthill is thronged with visitors this month. August is usually the most popular holiday month in Ireland. Salthill assumes a festive appearance at night. From the bottom of King Hill to the end of the promenade, there are strings of gaily coloured electric bulbs. Flood lighting has been adopted by the Eglinton Hotel and by Seapoint and adds to the general air of festivity.

Call for unit

A provisional meeting of pre-Truce I.R.A. was held in Castlerea on Sunday, Mr. M. Davis in the chair. An urgent appeal was made for unity and a one all-Ireland organization. The meeting discussed the matter at length and it was decided to invite delegates from the various pre-Truce I.R.A. groups for a meeting which will be arranged. The meeting appealed to leaders of the various groups to further the cause of unity in the interest of nationality.

Roads grant

At the weekly meeting of the Finance Committee of the Galway County Council, Mr. Martin Quinn, presiding, a letter was read from the Department of Local Government that £18,417 had been provisionally allocated as a grant towards the maintenance of roads in County Galway.

The reconstruction in reinforced concrete of Merchants’ Road, Galway, was included at a cost of £1,209.

Knock cure

A rumoured cure at Knock has been reported to the Medical Bureau secretary. A 14 year-old girl who for a considerable time had been under treatment for a tubercular hip, had the limb in a plastic case. Medical men had abandoned hope of restoring the normal use of the limb by surgical treatment.

She visited Knock shrine on Sunday on crutches. She left Knock leaving the crutches after her.

The patient has returned to hospital for examination by her doctor, who will report back to the Medical Bureau at Knock.

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



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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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