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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway in days gone by

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1914

Man under train

A the Galway City Petty Sessions, the M.G.W.R. Co. prosecuted Michael Hynes, Moycullen, for wilful trespass on the permanent way on the 18th April last.

An engine driver named Kidney, deposed that on the date in question he was driving the engine to Clifden. Just before he started the engine at the crossing at the bridge, he observed the defendant standing on the line, and he then disappeared.  Afterwards, he saw the defendant lying under the engine about 50 or 60 yards up the line. Witness stopped the train, and the man was taken out.

Hynes state that he got frightened when the train left him, and he made a rush to catch it. The steam smothered him, and he threw himself under the engine.

Mr. Casserly, acting station master, stated that a copy of the notice was published at the station, cautioning people not to trespass. Mr Blake (prosecuting) said the danger was that the man might have been killed. Defendant was fined 10s.

Total Abstinence Congress

The Rev. M.J. Burke, C.C., the Honorary Secretary of the Total Abstinence Congress, notifies us that:

It is encouraging to note that the Docese of Galway has applied for 12,000 cards of membership, Clonfert 17,000 and Tuam 7,000. The movement is a final appeal to all Catholics to lend a hand in the great work of temperance reform.

Never did a national movement come at a more appropriate time. It is but too sadly true, and we only need the evidence of our eyes to recognise, that there is still need for such a movement on a broad national basis that will embrace and enthuse in its favour every class of the community.

The best brains and energies of our people overcome an evil that has brought disgrace upon us as a nation, and that has brought unhappiness and degradation to our people.

1939

An acquired habit

“We realise that boys do not take naturally to work; it is a habit which is acquired, but if it be not acquired early in life, then the penalty is that slackness and weakness of character which degenerates so quickly into the type of wastrel who lounges around the betting saloon and publichouse.”

This statement was made by his lordship, Most Rev. Dr., Michael Browne, Bishop of Galway, when he addressed the boys of St. Mary’s Diocesan College, Galway.

 Drainage relief

The visit last week of a number of engineers who inspected the river in the Eyrecourt, Meelick and Banagher districts gave people in these districts hopes that something was going to be done about getting this area drained before the floods set in this season.

Last year, thousands of acres of pasture and some tillage land along the Shannon basin were flooded, and for weeks, some farmers’ suffered to the extent that at times they feared not alone for the safety of their stocks, for themselves.

Being unable to get out through the floods, food supplies were running dangerously short.

Athenry Benediction

One of the greatest manifestations of the Faith ever seen in Athenry was witnessed here today, when five thousand people marched through the streets in the annual Corpus Christi procession.

The procession, which was headed by schoolchildren charmingly dressed in white, formed up outside the church and marched through the streets to the Square, where Benediction was celebrated in the open air at a specially-erected altar.

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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