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Galway in Days Gone By

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Reverend Peadar Moran, Monivea, with members of his family after his ordination at St Patrick’s College, Carlow, on Saturday, June 12, 1965. Fr Moran, the youngest of 14 children, was educated at St Joseph’s College, Galway, before going to Carlow. Front row, from left: Michael, Sister Gaudentia, Mr Moran, Rev Peadar Moran, Mrs Moran, Sister Maurice. Second row, from left: Fr Michael (Los Angeles), George, Deirdre, Joseph and Fr Frank (Los Angeles). Back row, from left: William, Eileen, May and Patrick.

1917

Drowned in quarry

The body of Thomas Feene, a farmer, aged 28, residing in Shantalla, was found drowned in a quarry hole a quarter-of-a-mile from his residence, at 10 o’clock on Friday night.

The circumstances under which the late man met his death are not quite clear. In the best of health, and, according to his wife and relatives, unoppressed by any care or anxiety, he left his residence at 6 o’clock on Friday morning in order to bring in the cows from a field near the quarry. This was the last occasion on which he was seen alive by his relatives.

About 6.30, a girl named Miss Mary Lee, of Shantalla, a munition worker, returning from duty, met the deceased, who was whistling and appeared in the best of humour. She was the last to see the unfortunate man alive. As he did not return with the cows, his father got uneasy. He went out to the field, but could not find his son. A number of friends were notified of the condition of affairs that existed, and a search of the neighbourhood was made, but without result.

A stick, which was supposed to have been carried by the deceased was found near the quarry hole, which was dragged, and after some time, the body was discovered. The deceased man’s trousers were torn, as if he struggled violently to climb up the side of the rock. His cap was missing and it was surmised that as the morning was breezy, it fell off near the hole, and that in making an effort to save it, he fell accidentally into the hole, which contains about 45ft of water, and which is altogether unprotected.

Without assistance, it would be impossible for a person to get out of the water, but at the hour that the unfortunate man met his death, no one would be near to hear his cries and to render help. A sad feature of the tragedy is that the deceased had been only three months married. Sympathy will be generally tendered to the young widow in the awful sorrow that has overtaken her.

1942

Galway Races dead cert

Rumours prevalent in the city during the weekend that the Galway Races would not take place this year were quickly dispelled by Mr. J.S. Young, Chairman of the Galway Race committee, who told our representative that not only will the famous Galway two-day meeting be held, but there will be seven races each day instead of six as heretofore, and the prize money for the Galway Plate will again be £1,000.

Salthill raft replacement

The Galway Corporation at a special meeting on Friday to provide new lifebuoys at Salthill and to purchase five timber barrels to replace five of the steel drums which supported the raft at Blackrock and were now unfit to use. The Borough Surveyor, who recommended the purchase, pointed out that it was now impossible to get steel drums. It was also decided that the Borough Surveyor should submit an estimate of the cost of repairing the concrete platform in front of the ladies’ boxes. The platform, the Borough Surveyor said, was badly smashed up at one place and next winter’s gales would probably finish it if it were not repaired.

Battery radio invention

Mr. P. Smith, of Messrs. P. Smith and Son, radio engineers, Galway, has just succeeded in perfecting an invention which, he says will solve the dry battery problem for owners of battery radio sets. It is a small electrical gadget driven by a four-volt wet battery and he claims that when it is attached to a radio, it dispenses with the need for a dry high tension battery. This week, he constructed one of them in the presence of a Connacht Tribune reporter. He calls it “Smith’s High Tension Unit” and he has already applied for patent rights.

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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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