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Galway in Days Gone By

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1942

Farmers’ direct action

Members of Galway County Council’s Finance Committee waxed highly indignant on Saturday when they learned that Ballinakill farmers, employing 100 horses and carts, had sanded main roads to make them safe for horse traffic, having grown weary of waiting for the Council to do the work.

Indignation was intensified when it was learned that the doughty farmers, though the local branch of ClannnaTalmhan, actually had sent in a bill for the job. Opinion was divided about referring the matter to the Council’s solicitor for drastic action, but it was eventually decided to leave it to be dealt with by the new County Council, which is to be elected on the 19th inst.

Careless driving

At Galway Court before District Justice Sean MacGiillarnath, Peter Hernon, Shantalla, Galway, was charged with the careless driving of a horse and sidecar on July 11th. Peter Geoghegan, aged thierteen years, said that he was wheeling an invalid chair in which another boy was seated at the junction of Shop-street and Mainguard-street. He was within a foot of the footpath on his correct side of the road when a sidecar going in the same direction pulled the invalid chair out of his hand and overturned it. The boy who was in the chair was thrown on the road and slightly injured.

Peter Hernon said that when he first saw the boys they were about five feet from the footpath. There were cyclists on the other side of the road. He whistled at the boy who was wheeling the invalid chair and instead of going towards the footpath, he went more to the centre of the road and the side of the car touched the chair.

The Justice fined Hernon ten shillings.

1967

Races fashion

Team with white was the rule of couture at the middle day of Galway Races. Outfits ranging from chiffon coat and frock to dresses and two pieces shared their colour with the neutral one. Black, red, mauve and even orange did it and there was some tinge of what in every hat.

Skin cancer survey

The findings to date of the skin cancer survey being carried out in County Galway, which is at the half-way stage, has confirmed the results of previous unrelated research in a number of countries that people of Celtic origin were more prone to this form of the disease than others.

Big crowds

The weather was a spoilsport for the August holiday weekend in Galway-Salthill, but nevertheless the resort had one of the largest crowds for some years. Over 6,000 visitors travelled on special buses and trains from many parts of the country over the weekend and reported very heavy motor traffic on all roads going to the city.

Rescue service demand

Holiday makers to Salthill are concerned about the lifeguard organisation at Salthill and they are joined in their protests by the only lifeguard at Salthill. The visitors – and 17-year-old lifeguard and secondary school student, David Cunningham – say there should be at least another lifeguard in the resort. So far, there has been at least ten near tragedies from drowning this Summer, the vast majority of those involved being children.

Seven injured

Seven people were taken to Clifden Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning and one of them was subsequently removed to Galway Regional Hospital as a result of a collision between two cars at Ardbear.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Looking into the future at Ballinasloe Fair in the early 1990s.

1922

Ballinasloe Show

Ballinasloe District Agricultural Show, held on Monday last, was a splendid success. Favoured by ideal weather, the attendance was a record one. Despite expectations to the contrary, the number of exhibits in every department was well up to the average, and in the cattle and sheep sections the number of entrants was nearly double that of any show held within the past few years, while the all-round quality of the exhibits showed a marked improvement and surpassed anything previously exhibited at the show.

Were it not for the postal strike, the exhibits would have been largely augmented, but taking everything into consideration, the show was indeed a very creditable one. In the horse section, the exhibits were remarkably good, and the judges had a very trying time in arriving at decisions. This can also be said of the cattle section, where the entrants were numerous and the quality particularly good.

Worthy of special note were the vegetables, the quality, despite the unfavourable season, being extra good – some of the exhibits being as good as any seen at the Dublin Show.

Not only was the arrangement good, but in the opinion of the judges, the quality was extremely good. The exhibits of fruit, though not plentiful, were very creditable to the exhibitors.

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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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