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December 8, 2011

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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1911

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Attempted suicide

On Tuesday evening last, Mr. A. Bell, R.M., help a special court at which a farmer from Turloughmore, was charged in custody with attempted suicide.

Mr. O’Rorke, D.I. prosecuted.

The son of the accused deposed his father was with him in the kitchen. He saw accused get rope reins, which were hanging on a peg on the wall. He went into the room and witness followed him. He saw his father put the rope around his neck and twist it three times. He drew the ends of the rope, which was then tight, outwards. His mouth was open. Witness went and unwound the rope from his father’s neck.

He never said anything to witness when he took the rope from him. Witness heard his mother ask him why he was choking himself. Accused made no reply.

About 9 o’clock that night, accused went to bed and got up about 10 o’clock and said he was going to drown himself. Witness prevented him from going out,.

Accused, who did not cross-examine on the charge being read out for him and cautioned, said he never spoke of drowning himself. He was returned for trial to the next January Quarter Sessions in Tuam.

Sergt. Reidy subsequently stated that accused had been suffering from depression for the past five months.

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Tuam unemployment

The provision of an industry that would give permanent employment to workers in Tuam was suggested by a deputation from the Tuam branch, Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, and Tuam branch, Irish Labour Party, at the monthly meeting of Tuam Town Commissioners.

Mr. R.M. Burke, speaking for the deputation, said there would be unemployment in the town soon when the house building scheme, town sewerage and sugar campaign ended in the New Year.

Rabbit trapping.

There are many extraordinary methods of catching rabbits, not the least of them being the crab with a lighted candle on its back – but the method being used at present on Aillebrack beach is as novel as it is effective. Parties of local youths have been having good nights fun and large bags during the past week with the aid of acetylene lamps and poaching greyhounds. The lamp is swung around until a rabbit is found in the spotlight. Then the greyhound sneaks along outside the light and grabs the bewildered bunny from behind.

Roads scheme

A gang of twenty-four men commenced work on repairing the Dunlacon road on Monday last.

The employment is being afforded under the new relief scheme whereby dole recipients each receive an average of two days’ work per week. Keen disappointment is being expressed at the fact that the scheme has not yet been extended to the Clifden area.

New fair

The proposed establishment of a new fair to be held annually on the last Thursday in July with the sale of cattle, sheep and pigs has met with approval with Mr. T. Ryan, toll-keeper, who in a letter to the Loughrea Town Board stated he was agreeable to fall in with its suggestion and would have the fair properly advertised in due course.

 

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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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013

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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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