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Galway in Days Gone By

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Army communications equipment proves popular with youngsters at a careers information day in Mountbellew in May 1970.

1917

Highway robbery

On Thursday, about 5.45a.m., the mail car returning to Loughrea from Athenry was attacked and held up by two disguised men at Cottage Hill about a half-mile from Loughrea, apparently with the object of robbery of Old Age Pension silver.

The driver was pulled off the car, beaten, gagged and tied to a gate with a rope. All the bags, except the parcel sacks and bag containing the silver were emptied on the road by one of the men, while the other held the horse. The man engaged in emptying the bags remarked that what they wanted was not there, and having released the driver, both decamped. It is understood that in a bag which the raiders failed to discover was a sum amounting to almost £300. The police have been enquiring into the matter, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Shooting outrage

Two shooting outrages occurred in the county during the past week. On the night of the 28th ult., at Loughgeorge, a man named Michael Coyne was fired at, and the shot lodged in his leg. He was found in a dazed condition a short time afterwards, and was removed to the Galway County Hospital, where he is being treated. Coyne can give no explanation to the police as to the cause of the occurrence, and is altogether very reticent about the matter.

The second outrage took place on last Friday at Woodstock, near Moycullen, when a room on the house of a Mrs. Noone was fired into, two shots being discharged. There were four sons of Mrs. Noone sleeping in the room fired into, and, as in the former case, no explanation can be given. The police are actively engaged investigating the two outrages.

Orchard robbing

There appears to be something in the nature of an epidemic in Galway for pilfering orchards, and owners of fruit gardens are experiencing hardships in having their ripening fruit stolen after they had devoted much care and attention to cultivation. During the week, a lady, assisted by members of her family, collected over a thousand apples in her garden, and placed them in a hamper in the garden while they went to lunch. On their return, they found that the hamper had been emptied.

1942

Plucky rescue

At about 6.40p.m. on Tuesday, September 29th, an elderly woman who had ventured out on to one of the lower springboards at the men’s bathing place at Blackrock, Salthill, fell into the water. The incident was seen from her house by Miss Craughwell who immediately notified her bother, Mr. Lawrence Craughwell, who was just sitting down to a meal at the time.

Mr. Craughwell rushed to the scene about 150 yards away and fully-clothed, jumped into the sea, which was in flood tide at the time and, with some difficulty, managed to bring the woman ashore. On enquiry at the hospital, our representative was informed that the woman was progressing favourably.

Mad kleptomaniac

A man who was described by his solicitor as “a mad kleptomaniac rather than a criminal”, appeared at Galway Court on Thursday, before District Justice Mac Giollarnath, on five charges of larceny and one charge of having in his possession a quantity of poteen on which the full revenue duty had not been paid.

In pleading for his client, Mr. Frank Conway, Messrs. Emerson and Conway, said that this was one of the most remarkable larceny cases he had ever experienced. Defendant had made no attempt to convert the articles or to enrich himself at other people’s expense, but had stolen them as a mad kleptomaniac rather than a criminal.

In convicting the defendant and sentencing him to six months’ imprisonment on each of the larceny charges, the District Justice said that he would make the sentences suspensory chiefly because the goods had been recovered. In this case of the poteen, he imposed a fine of £100, mitigated to £6.

Mayor’s Fuel Fund

At a cost of early £1,000, close on 700 poor families in Galway city were provided with one cwt. of free fuel every week during last winter by the Mayor’s Fuel Fund.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Thatching one of the houses on Shantalla Road, just up from Cooke's Corner, in the 1970s.

1922

The third Dáil

The first meeting of the third Dáil held on Saturday morning last at Leinster House, Kildare-street, the premises of the Royal Dublin Society, recalled for a few minutes some of the stormy scenes at Westminster when Irish affairs were being discussed.

On Saturday, as then, Mr Laurence Ginnell was the central figure. He is apparently always cast for the role of obstructionist in politics, and on Saturday he made full use of his opportunity, with the result that, as at Westminster, he was carried form his seat by three stalwart attendants and expelled from the Assembly.

The Dáil met in the theatre of the house, a semi-circular room with seats rising tier upon tier from an open space in the centre. At the back of the last row of seats there is a promenade, and for some time before the Dáil was due to open, Mr. Ginnell, black band in hand and slouch, hat on head, marched round and round, speaking to no one, but apparently, like an arch conspirator, deep in thought.

Probably he felt lonely, for he was the only one of the anti-treaty members elected to the Dáil who put in an appearance. Miss MacSwiney and the rest, who were known to be in Dublin, have presumably decided to observe a policy of abstention.

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Bridge Mills Ltd building in Galway City in the 1970s.

1922

New chief

General Richard Mulcahy, the successor of the General Michael Collins as Commander-in-Chief of the National Army, was quite unknown to the Irish people until the Insurrection of Easter, 1916, and not very prominent until considerably later than that historic and eventful episode.

He is a native of Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford, where his father was a postmaster for several years, and he himself was engaged in the postal engineering service in addition to pursuing his studies in the National University as a student of medicine.

He fought with the Fingal Volunteers under Thomas Ashe, and with the late Frank Lawless, T.D., in the battle of Ashbourne on Friday, April 28, 1916. The details of that engagement have often been told. The Volunteers armed with shotguns and rifles, mostly captured from the R.I.C. at Swords and Donabate, attacked the police barracks at the Cross of the Rath.

The battle began at 11.25 a.m. The attackers numbered thirty-five. After half an hour, the police in the barracks were about to surrender when eighteen cars, containing reinforcements, dashed along the Slane Road. A fierce fight ensued. Lawless, with a few more Volunteers, arrived later with two can bombs – “a contribution,” wrote Mulcahy in a most vivid and graphic description of the battle, “from those who had been driven from Phibsboro Bridge.”

That was all the additional help Ashe received. The engagement lasted over three hours more, but though less than forty against a hundred R.I.C., they gained a complete victory. The constabulary were heavily punished, and the survivors put up their hands and surrendered.

At the end of the Insurrection Mulcahy was rounded up and brought to Richmond barracks, Dublin, and on May 3, with 307 other prisoners, he was marched through Dublin and sent over the water to Knutsford prison. He was released at the general amnesty which followed.

When the Volunteers were reorganised, largely in the jails and detention camps, and the Irish war projected, Richard Mulcahy was appointed Chief of Staff, with Michael Collins Chief of the Intelligence Department.

The two of them were the most important men in the great struggle, the life and soul of Ireland’s forces, the originators of some of the most audacious and successful military coups, the supervisors of the chief operations, and the men most sought for by the agents of the British Government and army.

It is very doubtful if, indeed, Mulcahy was not as greatly dreaded and as eagerly hunted for as his departed and devoted comrade in arms. He was quite as successful in eluding the sleuth of hounds as Collins himself, and he had as frequent and as narrow escapes from capture.

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