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Digitised archive paints picture of three centuries of Galway life

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A veritable treasure trove of photographs and sketches – offering a snapshot of life in Galway and the west over three centuries – has been digitised and put online for all the world to see.

The Galway pictures are part of a core collection from Getty Images and cover events from the Land Wars to the 1916 Rising – while also depicting every day rural life in Ireland.

The digitisation is the work of Ancestry, a global leader in family history and consumer genomics, and covers an enormous period of Ireland’s history from 1704 right up to 1989.

This is one of a series of sketches made ‘on eviction duty in Ireland’ and is labelled ‘a straw hut on the mountain side, the only shelter after eviction’.. Credit: Ancestry.co.uk and Getty Images Collection

The sketches, original black and white prints and photos from the Getty Collection can be viewed at UK, Historical Photographs and Prints, 1704-1989.

Searchable by location, date and subject, many of the images also have detailed captions including full names and print subject, making them an invaluable resource for family research and photography enthusiasts alike.

The collection’s timespan covers prints from the Land Wars of the late 1800’s, photos from both WWI and WWII, the 1916 Rising and the sinking of the Lusitania.

But the Getty Images Collection also contains a wealth of captivating everyday insights, documenting a continuously-evolving Irish society, sparked by innovation, social and cultural progress – daily life in rural Ireland, women in the workplace, holidays and socialising.

Galway’s fishmarket at the Spanish Arch in the late 19th century. Credit: Ancestry.co.uk and Getty Images Collection

The Galway entries cover everything from the darkest days of rural evictions, through to images of the 19th century fishmarket at the Spanish Arch – and transatlantic liners leaving Galway docks at the height of World War II.

Getty Images was founded by Mark Getty, grandson of oil tycoon Paul Getty, and business partner Jonathan Klein and contains prints and photographs that capture some of the most defining moments in history, as well as displays of everyday life. Ancestry’s main collection is drawn from the Hulton Archive which includes the archive of seminal picture news weekly Picture Post, which ran between 1938 and 1957.

Users can access the collection for free over Easter by visiting www.ancestry.co.uk between Friday and Monday.

A young Galway fishwife from the 1890’s. Credit: Ancestry.co.uk and Getty Images Collection

Ancestry’s Russell James described the collection as ‘a historical reminder of an ever-changing world, as seen through the lens of photographers working for the most famous name in the field’.

“Scenes of children playing, families visiting a local fair or long-forgotten hobbies are just as invaluable as written records for understanding our ancestors,” he said.

“Captured forever in time, these black and white prints and photos are a journey through the decades and document almost every aspect of life, from daily routines through to occasions of national celebration,” he added.

Joint hunt master, the Marquess of Sligo, leading out the Galway Blazers with Mrs Bowes-Daly after the opening meet in Athenry in November 1938. Credit: Ancestry.co.uk and Getty Images Collection

Ancestry harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives.

Ancestry has more than 2.7 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and seven million people in the AncestryDNA network.

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Campaigners seek state support to challenge beach bylaws

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Campaigners against controversial beach bylaws proposed by the County Council have called on Government to intervene. This comes after the local authority was met with a tsunami of submissions from the public – over 1,000 submissions were received, many voicing concerns that the regulations would ban water sports on the county’s coastline.

Galway pharmacist and Galway Bay Sailing Club member, Barra Nevin, has been one of the most outspoken critic of the bylaws which seek to outlaw activities such as surfing and kayaking anywhere near bathers.

According to Mr Nevin, there has been a groundswell of support for water sports enthusiasts, with everyone from swimmers to those who walk the coastline backing their right to use the water.

“The central problem surrounds the paragraph which states other outdoor sports participants cannot be in close proximity to swimmers. This would effectively outlaw all outdoor water pursuits other than swimming on 24 beaches in County Galway, including the lake in Loughrea, the Shannon in Portumna and all along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connemara and the Aran Islands,” he said.

The bylaws, for which an extended public consultation closed last Friday, state: “No person shall wind surf on sail boards or kite-surf on kite boards or surf on a surf board or use a canoe, kayak, dinghy, stand-up paddle board or water bike in close proximity to bathers.”

In addition, it will also be an offence to “use a personal water craft, power craft and fast power craft within 300m of the low water mark at the time of use, except for the purpose of rescue”, in the interest of the safety of swimmers.

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Bad weather a spoilsport as Salthill boys just do enough

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Salthill/Knocknacarra's Conor Gardiner comes under pressure from Mark Egan of Oranmore/Maree during Saturday's West Board U19 Final in Moycullen. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8

Oranmore/ Maree 1-3

Mike Rafferty in Moycullen

SPORT in the depths of winter is not always an appealing sight and so it was in Moycullen on Saturday afternoon as the wind and rain reduced this West Board U19 Football Final to an endurance test. Salthill/Knocknacarra did enough to get over the line and, in the process, are the first winners of the David Cox Memorial Cup.

Favoured by the elements in the opening half, they laid the groundwork for their win with some smashing points from Ryan Kavanagh and Matthew Thompson and while a four point interval lead was not exactly commanding, Salthill’s defence played their part on the resumption as they kept Oranmore/Maree to just a point from play and three in total in a frustrating chase to close the gap.

Though the city side always appeared to have the edge, Oranmore/Maree can point to many factors that could have turned the game their way. They got the boost of an early goal, but seldom looked like scoring for the rest of the half. They had plenty of possession on the resumption, but with no one taking responsibility for an occasional shot, they just hand passed the ball all over the park and had little or no penetration.

Four missed frees in succession by four different players just added to Oranmore/Maree’s frustration and as the chase went right to the wire, they also had a late goal chance which was spurned.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Scores scarce on horrible day as Ballygar fall to final defeat

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Ballygar's Stephen Lohan who scored three of their four points against Easkey. Gordon. Ryan Duffy also threatened only for defender Shane Molloy to make the block.

Easkey 0-5

Ballygar 0-4

DARREN KELLY IN BEKAN

IN horrendous conditions, Ballygar’s hurlers ended their 2022 championship season with defeat last Saturday in the Connacht Junior Final as Sligo’s Easkey created history.

Andrew Kilcullen’s winner two minutes into injury time secured the ‘Blue Devils’ a first ever provincial crown as they survived the sweeping rain and swirling wind that questioned the wisdom of playing this contest at all.

That’s not to take away from Easkey’s success. The side coached by Ballygar’s Brian Healy earned their result even if the Galway champions can feel aggrieved about the decision to cancel Cillian Egan’s late effort.

But in the shadow of the finest indoor GAA facility in the country, one has to ask could plans not have been made to bring this game into the Connacht GAA Dome when weather reports indicated the challenging environment awaiting both teams.

Either way, the teams got on with tackling the elements as well as each other and it was Easkey off the mark in the opening minute. Kilcullen stood up just inside his own 65 metre line and sailed the sliotar over the bar.

Ballygar finally settled after their first point on 10 minutes. Eammon Trayers caused problems when allowed possession in the full forward line and he won the free that Stephen Lohan converted.

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