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Galway in Days Gone By

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Students from Moneenageisha Vocational School (now Galway Community College) at the end-of-year prizegiving in 1971.

1914

Hors de combat

Our Gort correspondent writes that it is rumoured that some local men with the British Expeditionary Force in France are hors de combat. Fifteen who recently left town are known to be at the front, of which ten are reported out of action.

A post card from Michael Connair (his brother states) informs his family that he is wounded and in hospital. Two Kellehers (brothers) are said to be among the victims. Several others are reported killed, but no definite information was obtainable.

A deserter named Leech was arrested at Gort during the week, and sent to Galway, from where he had escaped.

Trespass dispute

The adjourned trespass dispute between William O’Malley and Mathias O’Malley, both of Rahoon, was again before the City Petty Sessions.

William O’Malley said that he found six goats, the property of the defendant, trespassing on his land. Mathias O’Malley had a cross-case for sheep, but complainant attributed that to the fact that Mathias O’Malley left a gate open leading into his land.

Mr. Flaherty, summons-server, deposed to the condition of the fences between the farms of the O’Malleys, and suggested that the making up of these on the boreen leading to Mathias O’Malley’s house, would end the dispute.

Mr. Daly, on behalf of Mathias O’Malley, offered to make the fences on each side of the boreen, and both complainant and defendant make up the boundary fences to the satisfaction of Mr. Flaherty. The case was adjourned for a month.

1939

Dance licences

Future applicants for dance licences in Connemara must advertise the dances in Irish or be refused the licences. This is the effect of recent conditions laid down by District Justice Sean Mac Giollarnáth.

The Justice said that under the Act, he was empowered to lay down any conditions he thought fit in the granting of licences, and he considered that dances held in Connemara and especially in Irish-speaking districts should be advertised in Irish. He has therefore issued a warning that in future, he will not grant licences if the preliminary notices in the Press and posters have not been printed in Irish.

Grouse shooting

Reports of excellent grouse shooting come from Connemara, where four members of the recently-formed Galway Gun Club bagged fifteen brace and fourteen brace on two days last week.

The Galway Gun Club, which is a little over a month in existence, now has fourteen members and is confidently expected by Mr. Martin Freeney, High-street, Galway, the organising secretary, that this number will be more than doubled during the coming fortnight,

Encouraged by the fact that there are numerous men in and around Galway who enjoy a day’s shooting, a few enthusiasts decided to form a gun club and the results so far have been most gratifying.

Freedom of Galway

The name of Dr. Douglas Hyde, first President of Éire, will next week be inscribed on Galway’s Roll of Freemen.

In response to an invitation issued by Galway Corporation shortly after the election of Dr. Hyde to the Presidency, the President will attend a meeting of the Corporation in the Aula Maxima, University College, Galway at 12noon on Thursday, to have the Freedom of the City conferred on him. It will be the first inscribed on Galway’s Roll of Honour.

It is expected that the streets of the city, especially along the President’s route to and from U.C.G., will be decorated with flags.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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At the official opening of the new tile factory in Portumna on January 13, 1967.

1921

Tenants’ desperation

That the land question is far from settled in certain areas is obvious to those who have been reading the series of articles contributed to these columns by a correspondent in South Galway. The slowness of the Congested Districts Board has been proverbial.

Our correspondent suggests that failure to effect local settlements within a reasonable time, coupled with the inefficiency he charges, have brought about a condition of discontent which may result in a violent explosion at any moment.

No one could contemplate with equanimity such an outburst, for it might have an effect far beyond that intended and might endanger national peace at a period when its preservation is of supreme moment to the Irish people.

But it would seem indisputable that the Congested Districts Board is taking risks that no public body is entitled to take; and the completion of the division of the estates involved should be pushed forward in the public interest without further unnecessary delay.

The tenants on the Ardilaun estate at Cong have already taken the matter into their own hands. At a meeting attended by congests, some of whom walked fifteen miles to be present, it was declared that all confidence had been lost in the Congested Districts Board “which has long since practically ceased to function on this estate” and the tenants requested Dáil Éireann to take over the administration.

The facts in regard to the Ardilaun property are sufficiently remarkable to afford in themselves a damnatory criticism of the Board’s methods. It contains seven hundred householders, whose average valuation is from 15s. to £3. Congestion and poverty is abound; there is little untenanted land to relieve either.

Migration of bodies of tenants is the only real and permanent remedy. But nine years after the late Lord Ardilaun expressed his desire to sell, the Congested Districts Board has not, it would appear, put forward any real effort to relieve a distressing situation.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Prizewinners at Ballinasloe Show on October 5, 1970. From left: Matthew Conneely, Kilconnell, Matthew Conneely (Junior), John Callanan, Calla, Kilconnell and Seán Conneely, Kilconnell.

1921

Grim legacy

“What did we get from the Government in the Famine?” asked the Most Rev. Dr. Duggan. And the answer was, “The Poorhouses.” They came as a legacy of these grim years, a miserable palliative instead of a radical cure.

When 1845 opened, there were 114 of them throughout Ireland, and impoverished ratepayers had to pay for their upkeep. Their erection was, indeed, in some measure, instituted as a relief work.

The famine had swept over the land, leaving us the most tragic chapters in our history. Grim, black death in a country where there was plenty, if only it had been efficiently distributed, and kept for the hapless people at home.

The Irish Poor Law was rooted in misery, and continued throughout all these years as a cumbersome degradation, designed for the encouragement of the mendicant and the wastrel, to crush the last vestige of self-respect from those whom it once caught within its toils.

With the exception of the admirable boarding-out systems instituted by some of our more humane boards – notably Galway Guardians, whose clerk took a keen personal interest in making some of his charges into good citizens – we know no instance in which the vicious Poor Laws as operated in Ireland did anything but harm.

They ground down the ratepayers; they did not serve the poor in any measure commensurate with the expenditure involved in an army of officials, an array of buildings that badged with poverty one of the finest agricultural countries in the world.

Unions amalgamated

On the motion of Dr. Walsh, Galway Co. Council at its quarterly meeting on Saturday finally adopted a scheme for “the amalgamation of the county unions” – in reality, for doing away with the unions altogether as such.

The scheme under which the Poor Laws of the country will be administered on an entirely new basis, will be as follows: One central hospital for Galway with motor ambulances; one central home for the old and infirm in Tuam or Loughrea; children to be sent to an institution for which one workhouse may be used; unmarried mothers to be divided into two classes – first offenders to be dealt with in the same institution as the children and old offenders to be sent to the Magdalen Asylum; insane and epileptics to be put in a county home at present until they can be specially dealt with.

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Some of the competitors show their prize-winning cakes and bread at Mountbellew Show on September 10, 1964.

1921

Tragedy and sorrow

Last winter was one of the blackest that Ireland has experienced in her long and chequered history. Men of sincere goodwill in all parties hope that we shall never witness its like again.

It has left the inevitable aftermath of tragedy, sorrow, suffering and present distress. It is the duty of all to help soften the bitterness of tragedy and sorrow, to alleviate suffering, to obviate present or future distress.

In the performance of this duty, no prejudice, no argument, no excuse can hold back the hand of charity, for it is a duty dictated by the laws of Christianity, sanctified by the kinship of common humanity since the world began.

“The White Cross”, we are told in the report of the delegation from the American Committee on Irish Relief, “makes appeal not in the name of any section of the people, but in the name of humanity. No political distinctions exist in suffering, and none must exist in relief. The men and women who constitute the Irish White Cross think differently on many thinks; they are united by the bond of charity”.

Risky business

We have, this year, a striking example of what a risky business our store cattle and sheep trade is. Many of our small farmers and farmers’ sons who have taken grazing during the past year or two have lost not only their savings of the war years but some of their capital.

The system most likely to give stability to farming in Co. Galway is one which the grazing of store cattle and sheep must give pride of place to the production of home-grown food.

The risk of loss on tillage farming can be controlled, to some extent, by sowing a variety of crops and by the careful selection of seeds and manures. A collection of kales and cabbages for stock feeding was an interesting feature of the County Committee’s educational exhibit at Ballinasloe Show.

Many of the varieties staged are little known or cultivated in this country, which seems extraordinary when we consider their many advantages.

Thousand-headed Kale, Drumhead, Flat Dutch and Savoy cabbages could supplement, or take the place of, the turnip crop in many districts where disease is prevalent, or where the land is otherwise unsuitable for the growth of roots.

It is only by the adoption of a system of mixed farming where sufficient food is grown for the number of stock on hands that steady prices can be obtained.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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