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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Enda Cunningham

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Revellers dancing to music by Herb Miller and his orchestra on the last night of dancing at Seapoint Ballroom in Salthill in November 1984. The venue was was a huge draw for decades after it was first opened in 1949 but the counter attractions of discos/nightclubs in the resort saw its popularity wane.

1914

United we stand

A review of a large number of Volunteers, composed of companies from Aughrim, Kilconnell, Derrymullen, Cappataggle, Mullagh, Kilreecle, Killoran and Kilmolaw, was held by Captain Cheevers at Aughrim, Galway last Sunday.

The men looked very smart, and displayed a good knowledge of drill. The reviewing officer, with Messrs. Reddy and Duffy, M.P.s, was entirely satisfied with the performance of the men.

Addressing the Volunteers after the march past, Captain Cheevers said he felt proud at being asked to review them on that historic height of Aughrim (loud cheers).

Now that Ireland was a nation once again, they should do everything to make that nation a pride to themselves and an envy to all her enemies (cheers).

Father Coghlan, said there was one company that was mentioned by Captain Cheevers for efficiency, and that was Cappataggle. He was delighted to see that day such a fine body of Volunteers. When the call was given, they obeyed like men. They were now about to enjoy the benefits of Home Rule, and that was due to Mr. Redmond and the Irish Party (cheers).

Mr. W. Duffy, M.P., next addressed the gathering and was received with ringing cheers. He said that within the last few days the wrongs of a century were wiped out by the placing of the Home Rule Bill on the Statute Book (cheers).

It was a long and hard struggle to have it done on account of all they had to contend against.

1939

Unlawfully keeping game

At Ballygar District Court, before Mr. H.C. Hamilton, D.J., Supt. Dunphy prosecuted Christopher Bannon, Castlefrench for unlawfully keeping game (grouse) confined by means of a wire netting, and also for taking game during the closed season (month of July).

Guard Armstrong stated that he visited the lands of Captain French on August 15 and he saw a wire netting enclosure there in which were being kept seven grouse. The defendant admitted that he had captured the grouse in the bog and that he was keeping them for propagation purposes. He could not get authority for netting game and keeping them in that way.

The defendant said that he wanted to preserve the game, and the birds laid more eggs when confined.

Justice: How many did they lay for you?

Defendant: I only got them this year.

Justice: Are they doing well?

Defendant: Very well.

Justice: What do you feed them on?

Defendant: Heather and grain.

Justice: Have you cocks and hens?

Defendant: Three cocks and four hens

Justice: That seems an overdose of cocks (laughter), but that is not in the charge.

The Justice said that this seemed to be an interesting experiment, but it was not legal. He was satisfied that the defendant had no intention of committing an offence and that he was only doing what he a good man could to increase the stock of grouse on these bogs. He would not give any direction as to what he should do in the future, but he would let him off in the present case, which was not a serious offence.

Netting grouse for the purposes of killing them was a shocking thing, but in this case, he was satisfied that defendant’s intention was to help to preserve the stock, though he believed it was difficult to keep the birds in captivity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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Computers of a different size to todays models are taken out of the Digital Plant in Mervue Business Park following a fire in 1978.

1920

Get on or get out

It is refreshing to turn from the screeching headlines of our metropolitan Press to the isolated local efforts that are being made to get on with the real work of the Irish nation.

A meeting will be held in the Town Hall, Galway, at eight o’clock on Monday evening next for the purpose of forming an industrial association, and making arrangements for the holding of an industrial exhibition in the City.

May we say at the outset that we hope every class and section of the community will attend, not to criticise or sneer, or to give vent to these prejudices that form such a clog on the wheel of progress in our provincial life, but to take earnest counsel together and see if something cannot be done to put new life into our Western towns?

Twelve years ago, four years after the movement had been started in Cork that resulted in permanent benefit to Irish trade by the establishment of the Irish Trade Mark, a great exhibition and industrial conference was held in Galway.

The event was a notable success from the business, social and cultural aspect. If greater good did not come from it, the fault is to be found in local apathy and local divisions, which failed to grasp the splendid opportunity offered, and to extend the activities and broaden the scope of the Industrial Development Association in our midst.

To-day the need for some such effort is more than ever evident. It is said that the cities and towns, like individuals, become worn out: they reach a stage when all their progress becomes arrested, when as it were, they seem only to move backwards.

To stand on any point of vantage in Galway and view the surroundings is to be afforded tragic and melancholy evidence of the evil days upon which we have fallen.

All round about is a sea of dilapidated buildings, of derelict factories and worn-out roofs. It is, in very truth, a city of ruins.

The few redeeming features of modern effort pass almost unnoticed in pervading atmosphere of decay.

Former glories form a fitting study for the archaeologist, a saddening retrospect for the progressive business mind.

Yet water-power flows down to a glistening far-flung bay, with almost undreamt of possibilities. If steady hands and willing hearts were once found to arrest decay, all might be well in a very few years.

The very effort at progress is ennobling. It breathes a new spirit of enterprise, it restores confidence, it ensures expansion. The law of the physical world to-day is to “get on or get out”.

Surely, the citizens of Galway desire the old town to get on; and for that reason they will lend their whole-hearted assistance to any well-meant effort that is made to establish an industrial association that will not merely avail of every opportunity towards progress that comes our way bit that will seek out new opportunities and make the utmost use of them.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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Prizewinners at a Feis in the Taibhdhearc theatre in Galway in July 1971 were Orla Downes, Claddagh, Eugene O'Brien, Limerick, Ailbhe O'Flaherty, Claddagh, Shirley Mullen, Ballinasloe, Margaret Mullen, Ballinasloe, and Sharon O'Halloran, Mervue.

1920

Criminal injuries

The remarks of Mr. Thomas Ruane, Co.C., at the meting of the Galway Rural District Council on Saturday last, reported on page seven, mark, we hope, a healthy awakening on the part of the representatives on our pubic boards to the plight in which the ratepayers of the County Galway are placed by the criminal injuries’ tax.

The announcement in our issue that, in round figures, £20,000 will be claimed at the Easter sittings of the Quarter Sessions has aroused the people to the dangerous reality of the situation.

The rate paying public are being headed straight for bankruptcy, and the sooner they realise it, the better.

If the present state of things continue, if the cattle-maimer, the thief, the arsonite, the night marauder – aye, and the murderer – are allowed to carry on in their campaign unchecked the farmers will find themselves burdened with a cess that will be beyond their capacity to pay; they will be taxed to such an extend that their land will be hardly worth the tilling.

It is not the ratepayers who are guilty of malicious acts of damage for which they are called on to pay so dearly.

It is then, for them to put their foot down. They must make it plain that those who are responsible for the outrages which are piling up the rates by such alarming amounts shall have no place amongst men who are anxious for the country’s welfare and the people’s good.

St Patrick’s celebration

The usual holidaying crowd of people from the country districts came to Galway on St. Patrick’s Day, and with the business houses closed, there were fairly large numbers on the streets although the weather was rough.

The shamrock was worn by everybody. Members of the Fáinne spoke only in Irish, and this rule was followed by many Gaelic Leaguers. Nothing of exceptional interest occurred during the day.

The sermons and devotions in all the churches were in Irish. The Lord Bishop Most Rev. Dr. O’Dea, presided at High Mass at eleven o’clock in the Pro-Cathedral; the Rev. J. Moran, C.C., was celebrant; Rev. Fr. Green, deacon; Rev. T. O’Kelly, sub-deacon; and Rev. J. O’Kelly, P.P., Master of Ceremonies.

In Loughrea the National Festival was fittingly observed. Business houses were closed and tere was a complete cessation of work.

The trefoil was much in evidence and at a few points of vantage the tricolour floated. A gratifying feature of the observance of the day was the complete absence of drunkenness on the streets.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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A highly decorated William Street, set for welcoming King Edward VII to the City of the Tribes, sixteen years before the War of Independence which resulted in Ireland leaving the British Empire.

1920

Bread and work

Over a score of the most successful modern factories in the three southern Irish provinces have been started in so many years not as commercial ventures merely, but for the express purpose of providing employment, stopping emigration and arresting decay.

Ireland’s industrial impoverishment and decline constitute the chief reason for the fact she finds herself unable to support, according to modern standards of life, her meagre population.

Hopeful facts, however, emerge from the efforts made not so much by business men, as by enthusiastic social reformers, not so much by keen-eyed commercialism perceiving a fruitful field for industrial expansion as by local patriotism seeking a way to provide “bread and work for all” at home.

Events in Ulster

The way to a settlement of the Irish question is not yet clear. Indeed events in Ulster during the week threaten to render any future solution appreciably more difficult.

Sir Edward Carson has met in solemn conclave not the plain men of every creed and class of “the six counties” which it is proposed to partition, but his fellow-Covenanters who comprise the landlords and capitalists, and their followers in the North-East.

This autocratic body has determined, in effect to scrap the Covenant, and to accept in principle Home Rule for the Ulster State.

Sir Edward rejoices that they have won all they determined to fight. In other words, he has revealed to the world that the so-called Home Rule Bill is a fraud and a sham, intended primarily to repeal the act on the Statute Book to perpetuate the Union, to set up the North-East as a mandatory state in Ireland, and to render a solution in the future all but impossible.

Carson accepts Home Rule not because it will confer freedom upon Ireland, but because it will set up a new Tudor Pale.

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