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Galway in Days Gone By

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Galway Boy Scouts setting off from Galway rail station on a tour in August 1971.

1917

No extra trains

In order to secure the granting of railway excursion facilities to the various seaside resorts, a deputation waited on the Chief Secretary in the House of Commons during the week on the subject. The deputation included Capt. Gwynn. The Chief Secretary was very sympathetic, and said he realised the hardships that had been caused by the withdrawal of the usual summer excursion facilities, and he promised to make further representations on the matter to the Railway Executive Committee.

This is a very important matter for the people of Salthill, as presently the number of visitors at this well-known seaside resort is well below the average of former seasons.

In a letter to Mr. J. Cremen, of Salthill, the Member for Galway City said hr was hopeful that something would be done. The railway directorate will not, however, he says, run more trains.

Connemara poverty

At a meeting of Galway District Council held on Saturday, Mr. Curran alluded to the poverty of the district where the recent explosion had taken place. The people were in an appalling condition and they could not give them out-door relief.

He complained that Mr. O’Malley, the member for Connemara, had done nothing for the district. He ought to be written to.

Infant found

A female infant, about a week old, was found at 7 o’clock on Thursday morning in a float on Merchant’s Road by a team going to work. The child, which was neatly clad, was brought to the hospital. Efforts are being made to determine the mother.

Competent servants

The best mode of securing a competent servant is to insert an advertisement in the Prepaid Column of the “Tribune”. Our rates are 1/2d per word, the money to accompany the order.

1942

Record Race Week

Mr. Peter Kelly, manager of the Irish Tourist Association office in Galway, said that judging from the enquiries received up to the present, a record crowd should come to Galway for Race Week. Some of the hotels in Galway were so busy, he said, that they would take only bookings for the week and would not take bookings for three days, as heretofore.

As far as the holiday traffic into Galway up to the present is concerned, the smaller type of hotel and boarding house seems to be doing the best trade. Many people are arriving for their holidays on bicycles.

Holiday makers from the North of Ireland who have arrived in Galway have been delighted with the service and food they got in Galway and Salthill. So far, he had received no complaints of a shortage of foodstuffs.

Triumph of courage

Despite the formidable obstacles in the way this year, Galway Races bid fair to be as successful as ever – if not more successful than at any time in the history of this celebrated meeting. This is good news not only for racegoers, but for the citizens of Galway as a whole to whom Race Week means a great deal more than a mere sporting fixture.

The city is deeply indebted to the Mayor, Alderman J.F. Costello, to Mr. J. Young, Chairman of the Galway Race Committee, and the other members of that body, who refused to be daunted by the almost insurmountable difficulties and, by dogged persistence, intelligent and unremitting attention to detail, and skilful planning, have ensured not only the continuance of the race meeting, but its complete success.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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The construction of a new wheelchair-friendly footbridge by Galway Corporation over the Friar’s River Canal at Newtownsmith on October 20, 1998. It replaced the old temporary bridge that had become dangerous and could not take wheelchairs.

1922

Posting poor returns

Postal rates and telephone charges in Ireland are at the moment probably as high as they are in any country in the world, higher than they are in most.

The penny post has been restored in Great Britain, following the wage cut, which was introduced without any stoppage in the public service.

And the postal facilities in Ireland at the moment are probably worse than in any civilised state in the world. This is not altogether the fault of those who control the post office.

But, while much of this is due to conditions over which postal officials can have no control, a very considerable percentage of it is due to a badly run post office.

There is something very rotten in a service that loses a million a year, and yet gives the public only very indifferent results; for not merely are the Irish people paying abnormal postal and telegraph rates, but they are paying for the deficit in the form of taxation, so that their letters cost them much more than twopence.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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