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Galway in Days Gone By

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Some things never change: weather conditions appear to have dampened the spirits at the Shanaglish sports in September 1967.

1917

Decrease in serious crime

Speaking from the official document furnished to him by those in command of the police, “who, of all others, have the best and most accurate means of knowledge”, Mr. Justice Kenny, at the Galway Assizes, admitted that there was a net decrease in serious cases of fourteen. Further, boycotting had decreased to some extent, and the number of persons receiving police protection was also less than last year. These figures, which, according to the Judge of Assize, represent “the actual offences of a serious character dealt with by the police”, would seem to indicate that there had been a very encouraging decrease in serious crime in County Galway, and that the activities of those responsible for the peace and good of the community would have been lessened to a corresponding extent.

Nevertheless, we find his Lordship arriving at a conclusion which is quite the opposite. “Considered by themselves”, he said, “although some of these crimes are of a very serious nature, they do not, to my mind, indicate anything in the nature of concerted or organised lawlessness.”

Victimisation of a lady

We have received a long letter from a lady who was recently employed in one of the leading City establishments, who declares that owing to her political opinions, and because she has “a brother and two nephews fighting for our homes and liberties in France”, she was subjected to persecution at the hands of “a pettiest brigade of Sinn Féin shopboys”. In consequence, she was compelled to leave her employment and thus she states “that these stalwarts are to be congratulated on their victory over a defenceless girl”.

1942

Hackney car ban

When some ten thousand visitors from Belfast decided to spend a few days in the Irish capital recently, the Dubliners grumbled that they found it difficult enough to get food for themselves without having to feed an invading horde, large numbers of whom went around flaunting colours and slogans that Liffeyside dwellers thought should not be so vauntingly displayed in a neutral country.

We, in Galway, are in a different case. We are anxious that everything should be done to attract thousands of visitors to the city during Race Week. Unfortunately, war-time difficulties may compel the Government to take steps which will very seriously reduce the number of Race Week visitors. If the ban on motor hackney cars bringing people to the meeting is rigidly enforced, it will mean that many thousands from the surrounding counties will have to miss Galway Races for the first time on record. It will mean also a very severe financial loss to Galway and its citizens.

Galway Races are considerably more than an ordinary sporting fixture. To a very great extend the prosperity of the city depends upon the success of this great annual festival. Its success may mean even the difference between poverty and well-being for large numbers of the citizens. For this reason alone, therefore, we trust that it will be found possible to defer the strict enforcement of the ban in the country until, say, August 1st.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

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Angela O'Keefe, Chairwoman of Music for Galway, pictured with a £16,000 Steinway grand piano just after it was delivered to University College Galway, ahead of its assembly in the Aula Maxima. Music for Galway fundraised to buy the piano which had to be transported from London after its purchase.

1922

Tackling drink

The International Congress on Prohibition sitting in Brussels reports that the liquor problem is substantially the same everywhere. In Ireland at present alcoholism has for us a tragic interest.

At no period in Irish history has there been so great a consumption of alcoholic liquors. Prohibition, even if it were practicable, would not solve the problem. America has taught us that lesson.

Scarcely a week passes that the American hospital registers do not record the death from alcoholic poisoning on a scale unprecedented before the country went “dry”.

The drink problem will never be successfully tackled in Ireland until such time as the public cooperate with the authorities in a rigid enforcement of the licensing laws and the drunkard is regarded as a pariah in a respectable community.

In this connection the announcement made at the last Galway parish court that persons found guilty of illicit distillation will be sent to jail without the option of a fine will be welcomed.

This is a step in the right direction and should act as a deterrent to people at present engaged in a traffic which is slowly poisoning the lives, in the moral as well as the physical sense, of large numbers of our people in outlying portions of the country.

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