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December 2, 2010



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Rowdy gentleman

Two fines of 10s 6d each, with costs, were imposed on Christy Kelly, a Gort butcher, at Gort Petty Sessions for charges of drunkenness on the 6th July and 2nd September, and a fine of 21s and costs for a charge of drunkenness and disorderly conduction on the previous night.

Constable McGlynn related finding the defendant drunk and Sergeant Reilly said the defendant promised to take the pledge before.

Chairman: He did not keep It?

Sergt. Reilly: No sir. The sergeant added that the defendant was a low class butcher.

Defendant (indignantly): I was the most respectable butcher in this town at one time. He added that he had served half the town of Gort with meat some time ago. He denied that he did not live with his wife, and said she was a wardsmaid in Tuam hospital.

Defendant elected to be sworn, and then admitted that he was drunk on the 6th of July, but denied that he was under the influence on the previous night. He kept the pledge until then, and, he added: “I only took two drinks which I got leave to take.”

Sergeant Reilly stated that about 20 minutes past nine, the defendant was drunk and disorderly in George’s Street. He was disorderly by shouting at a publican down the street. They could hear him a long way off. They had to arrest him and he was in custody since.

Defendant explained that he had been in the asylum with a bad head and himself and Pat Shaughnesy (the publican) were only jesting. They were asking him to sing a song in the barrack and he sang a couple of songs for them. That was all the shouting he did.

Defendant asked for time to pay the fine, saying that his employer would pay it. He would, he said, never take a pledge again after that, but subsequently, he said he would take the pledge if their worships gave him time to pay (laughter).


Financial position

Galway County Council are in a much stronger financial position than they were in November last year. The rates are coming in much better and during the past week, the Council’s financial position was further strengthened by about £18,000 received from the Department of Local Government as an instalment of the county’s share of the Agricultural Grant. The Council still have, however, a debit bank balance.

Sudden death

Widespread regret will be occasioned by the news of the sudden death of Miss Lily Flynn, manageress of the Leenane Hotel, which occurred during last week. Deceased was about to go to Galway to visit in Seamount Nursing Home, Miss McKeown, proprietress of the hotel, who sustained a broken leg when a servant fell through a skylight on top of her during the previous week.

Miss Flynn, who, it is stated, had hurried upstairs to her room from a waiting car to fetch something she had forgotten, was found later, having apparently succumbed to heart failure.

Air base hopes

A special meeting of the Air Port Development Committee was held in Clifden on Wednesday evening. It was decided at the meeting to acquire the services of engineers to ascertain the exact extent of the work necessary to make Aillebrack conform fully to the most modern requirements.

It was stated at the meeting that as a result of representations made to him, Mr. G. Bartley, T.D., was strongly urging Aillebrack’s claims as the future terminal of the Transatlantic service. Fresh efforts are being made to renew the interests of the Irish Transatlantic Air Corporation.

Mr. J.A. Mollison, the well-known airman, intends to establish a transatlantic freight service from Galway to Newfoundland next April, says the United Press New York correspondent.

He has arrived in New York to purchase three single-engined American ‘planes which, he announced, he and his wife would use to establish an experimental service. He proposes to carry “speciality” freight such as news films, gowns, and similar articles.

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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