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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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Some of the attendance at the opening of the new school in Ballymacward on June 24, 1974.

1923

Gloom after war

The special correspondent of the “Independent”, who has been writing of the aftermath of civil war in the West, notes that a feeling of apathy, due to the uncertainty of events, exists amongst the sorely-tried people of Connemara; that politics are referred to only with disgust and that not more than fifty per cent. of the people would vote at a general election; that poverty and unemployment are rife, and there is a growing tendency towards emigration; and that there are bitter complaints of the huge impost of rates and taxes.

It is only too true that there is enough of material for the pessimist to brood over, and that a feeling of gloom permeates country towns. But it is a poor tribute to patriotism that has survived such horrors to encourage this gloom.

It is the duty of all of us to get this pessimism out of the national body and to rid ourselves of the notion that we have not enough Christianity and moral sense left to restore our people to cheerful and ordered progress and industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Nurses on strike on May 10, 1980, protesting a sub-standard pay offer. Around 700 nurses took part in the protest, hitting services at Gawlay Regional Hospital where only emergency cases were being admitted.

1923

Peace negotiations

As we go to press, An Dáil is discussing the Peace negotiations between the Government and Mr. de Valera. It was announced on Wednesday for the first time that such negotiations were begun following Mr. de Valera’s “cease fire” proclamation of April 27, and that by the 30th of the month Senators Andrew Jameson and James Douglas were asked by him to discuss proposals.

They said it was for the Government to discuss; they could only confer. Into the ensuring conferences the Government declined to enter personally, but on May 3 the senators placed before Mr. de Valera the Cabinet’s terms, which were that future issues should be decided by the majority vote of the elected representatives of the people, and that as a corollary and a preliminary to the release of prisoners, all lethal weapons should be in the custody and control of the Executive Government.

Mr. de Valera relied to this on May 7 with a document in which he agreed to majority rule and control of arms, but added that arms should be stored in a suitable building in each province under armed Republican guard until after the elections in September, that the oath should not be made a test in the councils of the nation, and that all political prisoners should be released immediately on the signing of this agreement.

“You have brought back to us,” wrote President Cosgrave, “not an acceptance of our conditions, but a long and wordy document inviting debate where none is possible”.

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Brendan Cunniffe from Oranmore and Robert Kelly, Tirellan Heights at the Galway County Fleadh in Tullycross, Connemara, on May 16, 1985.

1923

State of the parties

Speculation as to parties after the next Irish elections is exceedingly interesting, especially in view of the enlarged franchise.

In Dublin, the view appears to be held by a number of people that Labour will make a great bid for power.

Dublin, however, has a curiously insular habit of thought where matters that concern all Ireland and in which Ireland has a say are concerned. We hope this insularity will rapidly disappear under the new conditions.

The country as a whole is backing the Farmers’ Party, and has not the smallest doubt that it will be the strongest combination in the next Dáil, and that it will oust the purely political parties, the one because it has resorted to force, the other because it has been compelled to use force to supress force, and the Labour Party because Ireland feels that at the back of its policy lurks the danger of Communism.

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