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Galway in Days Gone By

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The Galway Regional Hospital nursing Class of 1966. Front row, from left: Rosario O'Keeffe, Nuala O'Dowd, Mary Burke, Mary Gallagher, Bridie McHugh, Phil Townley, Brid McDonnell and Claire Moclair. Second row: Imelda Mohan, Ann Glynn, Mary Feerick, Marie O'Dowd, Mary Naughton, Deirdre Higgins, Mary Gannon and Maureen Grealy. Third row: Maria Drake, Mary Cunningham, Nora Hogan, Eileen McHugh, Josephine McMahon and Maura Kemmoona. Back row: Colette Smith, Mary Holleran, June Lynch, Martha O'Neill, Josephine Trench, Josephine Dowd, Stella Grogan and Maureen Bannon.

1916

Boy hero

Not all the deeds of heroism are performed amid the heat and excitement of battle. Little James Finnerty, of Athenry, a lad of nine, by his heroism, on Thursday last, the 28th September, deserves the highest award that it is in the gift of the Royal Humane Society to bestow.

It has been said that the modern schoolboy has degenerated. The simple story we tell below is a conclusive answer, and needs no epic style to adorn it. The deed, we trust, will act as an inspiration throughout the little lad’s career.

On the evening of the 28th September, a little girl named Christina Collins, aged   four years, tumbled off Athenry bridge into the river, and was swept away by the current.

A young lad named James Finnerty, aged 9 years, who witnessed the occurrence, ran along the road which adjoins the river, and, as the child was swept from under the archway of a second bridge, 100 yards further down, young Finnerty plunged into the stream, caught the girl by the hair, and between wading and swimming, held her head over the water until both were assisted out by a young man named Cleary.

Had the current taken the child a few yards further, there would have been little hope of rescue. Save for the shock, the child was little the worse of her immersion.

Lucky escape

During the thunder storm in Connemara on Wednesday night week, the lightning entered the house of Mr. MI Connolly, and split a steel hay fork which was standing near the door, and tore up a part of the hearth and broke the hob. The occupants had a miraculous escape.

1941

Salthill’s needs

Vigorous criticism of the Galway Corporation’s attitude towards Salthill was voiced at a meeting attended by about 130 Salthill residents in the Pavilion, Salthill. Many of the amenities essential to the development of a seaside resort were lacking, it was pointed out, and it was held that some of the works undertaken at Salthill had been allowed to deteriorate into eyesores, or had not justified the expense.

Among the improvements suggested were: the cleaning of the foreshore; better sanitary accommodation; the provision of a railing that would make the Promenade safe for pedestrians; the provision of shelters on the Promenade and seats in the Park; the provision of amusements.

Mrs. Emerson (Eglinton Hotel) said of the old Garda barracks at Salthill that she offered to dispose of it to the Corporation so that they could provide up-to-date baths there.

She believed that proper baths at that place – a very suitable place – would be a paying proposition. She got a typewritten reply     stating that the Corporation were not interested.

Mrs. Emerson referred to complaints that she had heard about the condition of the bathing boxes and said that the Corporation should have the boxes inspected occasionally to see that they were kept in a sanitary condition.

Tea ration doubles

The Minister for Supplies has decided to double the householder’s tea ration for the week commencing October 19. The new ration will be one ounce per week instead of the half-ounce which has been in operation since mid-April, 1941.

General Election

These rumours about the imminence of a General Election are disturbing. It is not desired by the rank and file of either of the big parties in Dáil Éireann and it most certainly is not desired by the general public, however much they may “grouse” about existing conditions and put the blame on Mr. de Valera’s Government.

Yet we are credibly informed that instructions have been given to the Government organisations to make all needful preparations for a General Election in the immediate future.

There are even rumours that the upheaval may take place next month, though these are discounted in responsible circles.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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1922

New chief

General Richard Mulcahy, the successor of the General Michael Collins as Commander-in-Chief of the National Army, was quite unknown to the Irish people until the Insurrection of Easter, 1916, and not very prominent until considerably later than that historic and eventful episode.

He is a native of Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford, where his father was a postmaster for several years, and he himself was engaged in the postal engineering service in addition to pursuing his studies in the National University as a student of medicine.

He fought with the Fingal Volunteers under Thomas Ashe, and with the late Frank Lawless, T.D., in the battle of Ashbourne on Friday, April 28, 1916. The details of that engagement have often been told. The Volunteers armed with shotguns and rifles, mostly captured from the R.I.C. at Swords and Donabate, attacked the police barracks at the Cross of the Rath.

The battle began at 11.25 a.m. The attackers numbered thirty-five. After half an hour, the police in the barracks were about to surrender when eighteen cars, containing reinforcements, dashed along the Slane Road. A fierce fight ensued. Lawless, with a few more Volunteers, arrived later with two can bombs – “a contribution,” wrote Mulcahy in a most vivid and graphic description of the battle, “from those who had been driven from Phibsboro Bridge.”

That was all the additional help Ashe received. The engagement lasted over three hours more, but though less than forty against a hundred R.I.C., they gained a complete victory. The constabulary were heavily punished, and the survivors put up their hands and surrendered.

At the end of the Insurrection Mulcahy was rounded up and brought to Richmond barracks, Dublin, and on May 3, with 307 other prisoners, he was marched through Dublin and sent over the water to Knutsford prison. He was released at the general amnesty which followed.

When the Volunteers were reorganised, largely in the jails and detention camps, and the Irish war projected, Richard Mulcahy was appointed Chief of Staff, with Michael Collins Chief of the Intelligence Department.

The two of them were the most important men in the great struggle, the life and soul of Ireland’s forces, the originators of some of the most audacious and successful military coups, the supervisors of the chief operations, and the men most sought for by the agents of the British Government and army.

It is very doubtful if, indeed, Mulcahy was not as greatly dreaded and as eagerly hunted for as his departed and devoted comrade in arms. He was quite as successful in eluding the sleuth of hounds as Collins himself, and he had as frequent and as narrow escapes from capture.

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