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File for DPP on Bohermore house attack

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 27-Oct-2009

A FILE has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to late night attacks on the front doors of houses in Bohermore by a group of drunken students who terrorised elderly people in their own homes.

Galway Gardaí have confirmed that a group of students was detained in relation to the attacks, which were captured on CCTV by a local resident after he became fed up by the amount of early morning incidents occurring in the area since the students returned last month.

The footage, which shows the group of five students repeatedly ringing door bells and kicking at front doors in the early hours of last Wednesday morning week (October 14), has generated unprecedented interest on the Internet with almost 13,700 ‘views’ since it was uploaded onto the YouTube website last week.

A spokesman for the Gardaí confirmed yesterday that they had spoken to four males and one female in relation to the antics of the drunken students and were awaiting instructions from the DPP.

According to the spokesman, Gardaí in a patrol car spoke to the students just five minutes after the attacks which were featured on the two minute YouTube video and they were able to identify all five from the CCTV footage after taking their names and addresses at 2.30am on October 14.

Meanwhile, the man who captured the footage on CCTV has told the Galway City Tribune that local residents have been pleasantly surprised by how quiet the street has been in the early hours since the pictures caused such controversy in the local media last week.

Residents had claimed that random attacks on homes had become a regular occurrence since the third level students returned to the area five to six weeks ago.

“Everything has been very quiet here since, bar the odd few shouting on their way home,” he said. “The students seem to have been very well behaved since it appeared in the Galway City Tribune.

Things here are back to normal and a lot of people are delighted. “I myself had to take four days off work due to all the disturbances late at night. Damage has been done to the door of my neighbours’ house and they are still planning to move out because of these attacks. There were a couple of parties in Cill Ard last night, but thankfully the students did not come down the street kicking and banging on doors.

“Last Thursday night, I got my first proper night’s sleep in five weeks. Before that, I was missing work, having to get up at 4am and then sleeping in during the day.”

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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