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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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A garage in the Woodquay area of Galway in September 1981.

1917

Connemara’s wealth

We have proof of the fact that a considerable portion of the district of Murvey, Roundstone, is rich indeed in mineral wealth. Recent investigation has shown that the “molybdenite” discovered here some time ago is really genuine. Great value is set on this mineral. In the development of these mines at Murvey, enterprising companies, alive to their own interests, should spare neither time, labour nor capital in view of the great advantages that are likely to accrue to all therefrom.

We feel confident that the projected scheme will meet with the encouragement it deserves from those interested in these matters. The district in which this mineral wealth abounds is set amongst the most beautiful scenery in Ireland.

City fire

Shortly after midnight on Saturday a chimney in the house of Mr. John Keady, New Road, went on fire. The matter was reported to the Dominick-street police, who immediately hastened to the scene. On arrival, it was found that the thatch of the house adjoining, tenanted by Mrs Quinn, was on fire. The fire brigade was immediately summoned, and they, in company with the members of the constabulary, directed their efforts to stripping the thatch which had become ignited. A line of hose was also brought to play on the conflagration which was completely extinguished about 4.30am.

1942

Intemperance and other evils

In their Lenten Pastorals the members of the Irish Hierarchy, while expressing gratitude to God for having, almost miraculously, preserved our country from becoming directly involved in the present world conflict, express a fear that the people may not be altogether preserved from the growing laxity of conscience, the development of a new paganism, which is concomitant with such a conflict.

His Lordship the Most Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, in the course of his Pastoral, defended the position of neutrality taken up by this country.

If our people are to work hard from dawn to dusk during this fateful spring, they should not dissipate their energies in amusements that are protracted to late hours and are accompanied with intemperance and other evils.

Unfortunately, there is now a constant drive to extend the hours and frequency of dances regardless of the welfare of the people, because dance halls have become a means of livelihood and profit to many people, and these think only of increasing their gains. The State which is now calling out for more production has allowed in recent years such an increase of commercialised dance halls, that they are now one of the greatest sources of demoralisation and idleness.

There is no need to us to stress the need to produce more foodstuffs by tillage this year. Appeals have been made to the self-interest and to the patriotism of landowners to increase their tillage. I wish to remind my Catholic people that food production is now not a matter of self-interest nor of patriotism to the nation, but one of a personal obligation of charity to living men and women.

His Lordship, the Most Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway, has granted a dispensation from the fast and abstinence of Lent except on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On those two days, fast and abstinence must be observed. On the other Fridays, Catholics are bound to abstain only.

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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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Bridge Mills Ltd building in Galway City in the 1970s.

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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