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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Enda Cunningham

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St Joseph's Youth Club volleyball team, Shantalla, who defeated St Augustine's in the final of the Old Galway for People Festival in St. Mary's College in November 1974. Seated (from left): Sindy Dowling, Alaco Sullivan, Fidelma Kavanagh (captain) and Ann Concannon. Standing: Mary Lally, Julie Sullivan, Mary Folan, Margaret Connolly, Mary Smith and Carmel Rigney.

1917

Race Week

The proposed ban of the Government upon racing was looked upon by the people of Galway with something approaching dismay.      In a resolution passed at The Galway Urban District Council some six weeks ago protesting against the stoppage of Galway Races, it was pointed out that the holding of this annual event meant, at least, the spending    of £10,000 in the City and its environs, and that the community would be so hard hit if  no races were allowed, that, considerable poverty would be bound to result.

To those who do not understand the conditions that obtain in a poor town like Galway, this seems in the nature of an exaggeration. The simple fact is, however, that the revenue reaped from visitors during Race Week provides the wherewithal to carry no inconsiderable section of our population over the winter. Fortunately, the universal protest that went up has prevailed, and Galway Races for 1917 will be held on Wednesday/Thursday, August 1/2.

As the Racing Calendar now falls out, it will be the last autumn event in Ireland this year, and also it will be the biggest. The entries closed on Wednesday last, and for the 12 events of the two days’ meeting they total 244.

Having regard to the fact that only half the bloodstock is being now maintained in training, this is a splendid record. When the entries for the Military Race, which it is proposed to run on the 1st day, are closed, it is expected that the total number of entries will be as large as in any previous year.

For the celebrated Galway Plate, 42 horses have been entered, so we may take it that this classic event will show a big field.

1942

Publicity for Galway

Frequent complaint has been made that tourist publicity for Galway leaves much to be desired. Certainly little or no effort has been made to stress this ancient city’s distinctive personality; its historical interest; its old world charm and picturesque vistas, its unique position as a holiday centre. Most of the publicity bestowed upon Galway, in fact, has had a beautiful vagueness which would have fitted equally well a hundred other places.

For this reason we welcome the appearance of the two articles from the Irish Tourist Association’s bright monthly, Irish Travel. True, Race Week has been “written up” repeatedly (though, perhaps, not with such verve and colour) but the aspect of the city with which the ‘Lady Visitor’ deals has remained virtually untouched. ‘The Glamour of Galway’, in other words, has not been capitalised as it should have been.

Haulage charges

Mr. George Lee, County Surveyor, told Mr. Sonny Cooke at a meeting of the Galway County Council’s Finance Committee that the Great Southern Railways Company were paid a higher rate than private lorry owners for the haulage of turf over roads. The private lorry owners were “suckers” to work for a lower price, Mr. Cooke said. He protested against the discrimination.

Contagious disease

Galway is as safe as possible from sea-borne disease of a contagious character. At the port, elaborate precautions are taken and the utmost vigilance is maintained to safeguard the citizens. These reassuring statements are the result of inquiries made by our representatives in consequence of somewhat disconcerting pronouncements made recently by medical authorities in other parts of the country.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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High fashion at the Athenry Show on September 2, 1972.

1921

Careless farmers

The unfavourable spring and summer of 19230 were not altogether accountable for the partial failure of last season’s potato crop. Planting was deferred until three or four weeks after the usual time, and the spraying of the crop was very carelessly carried out.

Not more than half the usual quantities of spraying materials were sold last year in County Galway. The wagon loads of potatoes which County Galway consumers were obliged to get from other parts of Ireland to go to prove the care and attention taken from growers in other counties.

To meet the increased cost of labour and manures farmers must grow heavier crops, and avoid risks as far as possible. To do so, spraying must be carried out efficiently.

County Galway, with 24,000 Irish acres of potatoes, is the second county in Ireland in respect of area. The total yield in 1920 was about 100,000 tons below that of an average year, which was a serious loss to the farmers and a hardship on the townspeople.

We hope that the lesson of 1920 will not be forgotten, and that farmers will this year spray in time and thoroughly.

One of the farmer’s chief difficulties is keeping of his crops free from weeds. Unfortunately in this important matter some of our farmers are rather careless. They do not realises – probably through lack of education in the matter – that where a crop is allowed to get weedy, the material resources of the land are being doubly taxed, and the crop which it is intended to grow cannot be a viable, much less a financial success.

The farmer has no power over some of the circumstances which determine the success or failure of a crop, and it is, therefore, a short-sighted policy for him not to use every means in his power to check weeds over which he has complete control.

Our attention has been directed to this matter by the number of cornfields in some districts, which are covered with the weed well-known to farmers as “Baráiste”.

We cannot estimate the extent of the damage caused year after year to our corn crops, but it must be very considerable. The yield of gran is greatly reduced, and the quality seriously impaired.

Modern science has given us a simple, effective, remedy involving little labour. This remedy has been used successfully for some years past by the best of our farmers, but we deeply regret the lack of enthusiasm displayed by many of our tillers in connection with the destruction of this objectionable weed.

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Galway Sheep Breeders 49th Annual Show at Athenry Mart on September 21, 1972.

1921

Village halls

Young men and women of the present day expect and obtain more time for recreation than their parents. The monotony of young lives in the country districts leads to a desire to leave comfortable homes for the towns, or to emigrate.

In this work of reconstruction, which we hope will not long be delayed every means by which the young people can be induced to remain on the land must be considered.

Village halls can be made to play an important part in this respect by providing facilities for recreation and enabling those with progressive tendencies to continue with their reading and education after leaving the national schools.

To encourage a taste for reading and the acquirement of useful knowledge, every hall should be provided with a small library containing a selection of suitable books. The erection and equipment of such halls should not be left to voluntary effort, but should be looked upon as a national duty for which public money ought to be provided, and for which the country would be repaid in an enlightened, industrious and efficient rural population.

Custom House attacked

A large force of armed men raided the Custom House, Dublin, at one point on Wednesday, held up the staff and set fire to the building, which was completely destroyed. Yesterday morning the flames could be seen issuing from the surrounds.

The many Government departments in the building included the offices of the Local Government Board, Customs and Excise, Inland Revenue, the Old Age Pensions, and their valuable documents have been reduced to ashes.

From the housetops and the streets of Dublin on Wednesday afternoon, thousands witnessed the aftermath of one of the most serious assaults made by the I.R.A. upon the institutions of the Crown – the burning of the famous Custom House.

Following the burning, nearly a score were killed or wounded in a battle between the I.R.A. and R.I.C. Auxiliaries of the F and Q Companies.

The building was so badly devastated that to-day only the walls and a portion of the Local Government Board Office are still standing.

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Crowds gather for the opening of St Cuan's Secondary School in Castlelakeney on September 4, 1971.

1921

Timber lands

Anticipating an industrial and agricultural development of Ireland in the future, one wonders where our supplies of timber are to come from.

No doubt foreign countries could supply the need, but why not develop our own resources, and make ourselves self-supporting in this respect?

In recent years, the country has practically been denuded of ripe woods, and nothing, on a comprehensible scale, has been done to replace them if we except the small shelter belts that may be seen growing successfully in many districts.

Farmers who have furnished their new homes in this way have taken advantage of the existing forestry scheme of the committee of agriculture, but we understand that owing to the lack of funds it is impossible to launch and adequate scheme. We can picture under more favourable conditions large tracks of waste lands being purchased and planted with trees, which in time will provide a very valuable asset to the country.

The subject is so important that in at least three or four counties a special rate has been struck. We were glad to see that the Galway County Council arranged to discuss the matter during the year, but owing to other pressing subjects, no progress could be made for the present. We look with hope to the reappearing of this subject in the near future, and to seeing much of the waste lands of the country planted in our time.

Election as expected

The elections for the Parliament of “Southern” Ireland have turned out exactly as every intelligent observer in Ireland had anticipated.

There have been no contests. Accordingly, the Republicans have swept all before them without opposition, and out of the 128 seats in “Southern” Ireland, they now hold 124 – the four members for Trinity College being the sole objection.

Yet those who make presence to wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Ireland, were making preparations for the “Southern” Parliament. Nothing has indicated the wide gulf which separates them from the actualities of to-day so much as these elections.

This week-end the contests for the six counties that are to govern by the North-Eastern Parliament, will take place, and it is anticipated that the result will come as a surprise to many, for it will be found that the Ulster of Sir Edward Carson’s brand is by no means the homogenous community the world has long been led to believe it is.

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