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St Joseph's College at Nuns Island in Galway City on the day it closed in the summer of 1970 before it was knocked down to make way for the new building. Even girls from other local schools turned up for the momentous occasion. Best known today as 'The Bish', this school building was then known as 'The Sem'.

1914

Forestalling at fairs

At the weekly meeting of Galway Urban Council, the Chairman, Mr. M. McDonogh mentioned the practice of forestalling at fairs. In connection with the September fair, which was to be held on Tuesday, the fair really took place on the two previous days.

It was an abuse that should be strongly condemned. It was unjust and unfair to people who waited for the day of the fair and who arrived on the advertised day, only to find that they had nothing to get.

Mr. Griffin said that if they had power to prosecute, they should do so. Forestalling had a most injurious effect on the fair.

Chairman: Of course, we have power to prosecute.

Mr. Silke: It is most unjust to the public, as well as buyers and sellers.

The Chairman’s suggestion, that the Council would take steps to prosecute parties who infringed the rules of the Fairs’ Committee, was ordered to be sent to the different almanacs.

1939

Hitler unpopular

Herr Adolf Hitler is the most unpopular man in Connemara at the moment, for he has ruined the tourist trade, which for the past month was the best for many years. There was an almost complete evacuation of the area by tourists during the weekend, and the flight continues even at the moment of writing.

One would think that Connemara was going to be the first objective of the German bombers. The local telegraph messengers all over Connemara had a busy time last week delivering telegrams to the hotels.

Every telegram was followed by feverish activity on the part of one or other of the tourist parties. There was a hurried packing of luggage, followed by a hurried meal, and someone’s happy holiday was brought to an abrupt ending.

In a jam

In dismissing a food and drugs prosecution for having for sale jam which on analysis was deficient in fruit contents against Mr. Michael Cahill (Cahill and Co., Ballinasloe, Galway and Tuam), Mr. T.G. O’Sullivan, Acting District Justice, said the prosecution and the public had his full sympathy but there was no legislative standard laid down regarding jam, and he dismissed the case.

He hoped the matter would go to a higher court, he added, but he could not do what the prosecution were asking him to do, to assume the duties of the legislature and make regulations regarding the standard at which jams should be sold to the public.

Guard Burke, food and drugs inspector, Ballinasloe, deposed to purchasing a pot of jam labelled ‘strawberry and apple’ from Cahill’s premises in Ballinasloe. He sent it to the public analyst, Mr. Thorpe, and the certificate showed that it did not contain fifty per cent fruit, or fifty per cent of the first named on the label, ‘strawberry’.

He maintained, therefore, that the jam was deficient and did not purport to be what it was labelled and sold as.

On hearing further evidence and quoted cases from law reports, the Justice said he was dismissing the case but the prosecution and the public had his full sympathy. He hoped the case would go further, but he could not assume the duties of the State legislative and fix a standard.

On the evidence, he dismissed the prosecution on the merits. The law would become chaotic if District Justices and Judges were to be allowed to fix up standards in these cases.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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1922

Scabs warning

An exciting incident in connection with the postal strike occurred at Mary-st., Galway, at four o’clock last Saturday afternoon.

An official of the Galway Electric Lighting Company, Ltd., accompanied by another official, had gone to the central post office at Eglinton-street to collect the letters of the company. Shortly after he had left, it was alleged that he had taken other letters for delivery in Mary-street on his way back to the works.

The strike picket immediately gave chase, and an exciting scene, which was witnessed by a number of people in the street, followed.

The officials of the company were chased into the licensed premises of Mr. J. S. Young, but it could not be found that they had delivered any letters.

“We did not see them delivering any letters,” said one of the strikers. “Anyhow, an undertaking has been signed now not to attempt to deliver any to other people.”

A few national soldiers in uniform were standing at the Eglinton-street end of Mary-street during the incident. Four lady members of the staff at the Galway central office returned to work on Saturday and were understood to be engaged upon sorting of letters recently delivered by road.

It is stated that letters are also being posted at the central boxes. Meanwhile the picket remains almost continuously “on duty” outside the office, in front of which two boards have been place, one stating, “Don’t take letters from scabs”; and another “Restricted Services – Four do the work of forty-two”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children examine the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale, beached in Loughaunrone near Oranmore in September 1997. The whale was later burned on the beach as Council engineers were concerned about the danger of seepage if the giant mammal was buried.

1922

Connemara raids

The Publicity Department, Railway Hotel, Galway, issues the following: – Mr. Richard O’Toole, Lettermore, Connemara, has been forced to leave his home as a result of a raid made upon it by irregulars and subsequent threats.

A few nights ago, a party of men came to Mr. O’Toole’s home and demanded his motor bicycle. He refused to give it. The leader of the raiders, tapping his gun, said: “Do you see this?”

“Shoot away,” was Mr. O’Toole’s reply, and the raiders are then said to have gone to the garage to look for the machine. He managed, however, to get the machine, and to make his way to Galway. The men threatened that they would return to his house on the succeeding night and take him.

He was obliged to leave some men to mind his mother, who is very nervous, and falls into a faint when a raid takes place.

The house of Mr. Cloherty at Roundstone was also visited and about £40 worth of stuff taken. Mr. Cloherty is the father of Mr. J. J. Cloherty, a well-known County Councillor, and is a strong supporter of the Treaty.

A shop in Kilkerrin was also raided, and a considerable quantity of goods taken.

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Thatching one of the houses on Shantalla Road, just up from Cooke's Corner, in the 1970s.

1922

The third Dáil

The first meeting of the third Dáil held on Saturday morning last at Leinster House, Kildare-street, the premises of the Royal Dublin Society, recalled for a few minutes some of the stormy scenes at Westminster when Irish affairs were being discussed.

On Saturday, as then, Mr Laurence Ginnell was the central figure. He is apparently always cast for the role of obstructionist in politics, and on Saturday he made full use of his opportunity, with the result that, as at Westminster, he was carried form his seat by three stalwart attendants and expelled from the Assembly.

The Dáil met in the theatre of the house, a semi-circular room with seats rising tier upon tier from an open space in the centre. At the back of the last row of seats there is a promenade, and for some time before the Dáil was due to open, Mr. Ginnell, black band in hand and slouch, hat on head, marched round and round, speaking to no one, but apparently, like an arch conspirator, deep in thought.

Probably he felt lonely, for he was the only one of the anti-treaty members elected to the Dáil who put in an appearance. Miss MacSwiney and the rest, who were known to be in Dublin, have presumably decided to observe a policy of abstention.

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