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Galway in Days Gone By

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Irish dancers marching in the St Patrick's Day parade in Galway in 1970.

1917

The malicious intermeddler

Sir, on behalf of the West Galway District Board G.A.A., I find it very essential to offer an explanation about the failure to carry out the fixtures at South Park, Galway, on St. Patrick’s Day, as arranged by the above Board at its last meeting on the 3rd inst. As Hon. Secretary, I made every effort, in conjunction with a local Committee appointed by the Board, to make those matches a success, because the gate receipts were going to a Committee whose object it is to improve the playing pitch and grounds in general of the South Park, and make it suitable for contesting Irish games.

All the time, the G.A.A. of Galway have been trying to improve this Park, and no opportunity could be found till now, and it appears as if a malicious attempt is being made to frustrate our efforts. Some people with malicious intent, apparently, gave vent to a report that a certain section, other than the G.A.A., were to control the fixture on St. Patrick’s Day, collect the money at the gate, etc. The result was that the hurling match fell through. I most emphatically deny the above statement, and this denial can be verified by any members of the Board when so desired. The meeting at which the fixtures were made was thoroughly represented by all the clubs in the district, and delegates unanimously agreed, after having three days’ notice, to that effect.

Hence I can safety assert, that the parties responsible for that erring report are not members of the G.A.A. I know that the fixtures, especially the hurling, were instrumental in bringing spectators to Galway who would not have come otherwise, and who went away thoroughly disgusted at being disappointed.

To those I appeal most earnestly not to blame the G.A.A. for disappointing them, because, as I have already stated, the West Board was most anxious for the fixture, and bitterly resents the uncalled-for action of those individuals who were the means of invoking criticism in a quarter where it was not deserved.

Patrick Conneely, Hon. Sec. West Galway District Board, G.A.A.

1942

Bee disease’s toll

Despite any reassuring reports to the contrary, Isle of Wight disease is continuing to take toll of apiaries in Connemara. Within the past fortnight two more stocks of bees have died of the disease in the Spiddal district. This makes a total loss for the year of twenty-one stocks out of twenty-nine owned by six bee-keepers in the district. Two stocks also died nearer Galway last week. In the Carraroe area of the Costello district, four beekeepers have lost ten stocks out of fourteen.

Fisherman rescued

After clinging to an upturned Curragh for over half-an-hour in the sea near his house last week, Thomas Thornton, Ballinteleva, Spiddal, was rescued by William Greaney, Derryloughane, and Martin O’Brien, Killough, who launched another Curragh and went to his assistance. Thornton and two others were returning from fishing in Galway Bay when their Curragh was hit by a squall and upset near the shore. His companions scrambled onto the rocks and waded ashore, but Thornton caught hold of the Curragh and was carried out to sea.

Eyre Square turf dump

The turf dump in Eyre Square may remain there for the duration of the war, to judge by the discussion on the subject at Saturday’s meeting of the Galway County Council’s Finance Committee.

Ald. Miss Ashe started the discussion by enquiring if the County Surveyor would have the turf removed before April 23rd – the date on which, he recently assured the Corporation, he would return the Square to them in good condition.

County Surveyor, Mr. C.I. O’Flynn said: “This is the serious time and I do not like to take it away. I think it is up to the Corporation to keep it going. Why should I be doing the Corporation’s work and pressing them to keep it? It is for the people of Galway I want it. My idea was to have a supply available in case transport should break down.”

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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”.

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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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