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Galway in Days Gone By

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Pauls Oughterard Grads

1914

National Volunteers’ growth

At the dawn of day on Tuesday morning, as a cargo steamer, loaded with general merchandise, was putting into Galway harbour, she was held up by the second-class cruiser Diamond (Commander Dundas) and examined for contraband arms and stores.

After a most searching examination, she was permitted to proceed to port. The Congested District Board’s boat, ss. Granuaile, is also said to have been held up before being allowed into the docks.

Commander Dundas, who is cruising the western coast from Galway to Donegal, is keeping a most vigilant watch on all class of craft. The cruiser, which is in almost continuous communication with Whitehall and Dublin Castle, has confined her attention almost exclusively to Galway Bay for the last three days. At present the second-class cruiser, Falmouth, is keeping guard over the Bay.

In view of the report that arms were landed in Connemara from America with the last month, it is a significant fact that the Maam Valley Volunteers have been notified that they can obtain arms upon application, and as soon as they are deemed efficient to carry them.

The University Corps of the Volunteers are armed with miniature B.S.A. rifles, and some excellent marksmen have already been trained.

1939

Little bidder

When a beautiful specimen of Connemara pony was being auctioned at Ashford livestock sales on Friday, five or six people started to bid. The bidding had reached ten guineas when a little girl ran out in front of the auctioneer, and, putting up her hand in schoolroom fashion, whispered shyly “eleven pounds”.

The crowd immediately arose to the occasion and there were shouts of “leave him to the little girl”. There were no further bids, and the hammer fell on the child’s bid.

She was Miss Josephine McGuinness, thirteen-year0old daughter of Mr. R.J. McGuinness, Castlebar. A ‘Connacht Tribune’ reporter learned that the pony originally cost £30. He was nine years old.

Value of human life

Judge Wyse Power remarked at Thursday’s sitting of the Galway Circuit Court that it was an interesting commentary on the value placed on human life in these days that, instead of being indicted for trying to take his life, a man from Headford-road, Galway, was indicted for setting fire to a dwelling house, the property of Galway Corporation.

The accused man pleaded guilty. His solicitor, Mr. L.E. O’Dea said that on February 21, McDonagh was not in his proper senses; he was, in fact, blind drunk. Not alone did he set fire to the bed in the house, but he went into the bed when he set it on fire.

The man was addicted to drink at the time, but he had since taken the pledge and there was a letter from his parish priest to that effect.

Replying to a question by his lordship, Mr Kelly (State Solicitor) said that no real damage had been done to the house. It appeared the man’s object was to commit suicide. His wife said her husband was alright now and worked fairly regularly.

His lordship discharged the accused under the Fist Offenders’ Act.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Taking part in the West of Ireland Bridge Congress at UCG in April 1983 were Phil Carey, Newcastle, Eileen Murphy, Taylor's Hill, Carmel Howard, Cross Street and Claire Burke, Salthill. This year’s Bridge Congress is taking place next week at the Ardilaun Hotel from February 3 to February 5.

1923

Islanders’ distress

A correspondent sends authentic particulars of distress prevailing in the Islands of Aran. There is extreme poverty in Inishmore, especially in Killeany; large numbers in the village are on the verge of starvation, kept alive by the charity of neighbours, with scarcely a healthy child amongst them.

The people own no land, notwithstanding that the Congested Districts Board has a large tract; they fish and labour when the former is profitable or practicable and when the work can be found. To-day they are without either.

Similar stories come from other island villages. Yet last October Mr. Blythe stated in the Dáil that £1,000 had been granted for the relief of distress on the islands. The money was placed at the disposal of the Galway Rural District Council, which refused to have anything to do with the scheme.

Accordingly, the grant was never made. It is alleged that the inhabitants of Inishmore have refused to pay rates, but islanders state in reply that rates were not collected for some two years, nor were demand notes issued. The whole position is so grave that it should be looked into without further delay, and we understand that all the circumstances have been referred to Deputy O’Connell for this purpose.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Students Yvonne O’Byrne, Edel Comer, Janice Butler, Orla Casserley, Lisa Small, Sinéad Irvine, Emer Burke, Alva McManus and Ciara Hanley who took part in the Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, production of the musical 'My Fair Lady' at the Rosary Hall in January 1998.

1923

Narrow escape

A party of four men, who arrived in the village in a motor-car, engaged in a murderous attack on the barracks occupied by the unarmed Civic Guard at Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, about three a.m. on Wednesday.

Shots and bombs were fired through the windows, and some of the sleeping guards had narrow escapes from bullets, and subsequently had to dash through the petrol-inspired flames for safety.

The village is a peaceable one, and the Guards have recently been carrying out their work in it with quiet efficiency. During the recent warfare, there had been no disturbance in the neighbourhood.

The Guards retired as usual on Tuesday night, and about three a.m. on Wednesday morning they were awakened by the crash of rifles.

A moment later flames sprang up, and it was seen that the barracks had been sprinkled with petrol and fired. Bombs were first fired through the windows, then petrol was thrown in, and the place was set on fire.

The small body of four Guards found themselves compelled to seek shelter from the bullets, and then they had to make a dash to escape the flames that were springing up around them.

Sergeant Rodgers had an exceedingly narrow escape, a bullet grazing his head. Guard Grimes was sleeping beneath a window when it was broken and petrol thrown over his head.

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Taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of A Tale of Two Cities in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road, in February1998 were Cathal Cunningham, Michael Roche and Richard Curtin.

1923

Education is key

This week or the beginning of next, Irish boys and girls return to school. On the work that they do there during the succeeding years will largely depend the future of Ireland, for as the plant is bent, so shall the tree become.

Judged by the present day standard of ethics and conduct, something has been sadly lacking in the spiritual and secular training of the past.

Recently, a controversy – if it could be dignified with the name – has been running in the correspondence columns of the “Tribune”, on the future of education. It seems a thousand pities, if, indeed, it is not a definite national drawback, that intelligent men like national school teachers cannot discuss a subject that is of vital interest to them and their country in temperate language, without getting lost in a miasma of irrelevant abuse.

Yet it must be frankly and sadly confessed that those who have entered into correspondence on the subject have added little to the discussion. The controversy was begun by a contributor, who had very definite views, with which we did not altogether agree, but if the points at issue had been adhered to, it might have served a very useful purpose.

Teaching journals are clamouring that the general public do not take any interest in education. If to take an interest in education is to bring a hornets’ nest to one’s ears, then surely the invitation is a little ungracious.

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