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The Turf Market in Claddagh in 1908. The area pictured is occupied by Galway Fire Station today.

1917

Solicitor’s ambush

An extraordinary story of how a solicitor lay in ambush in connection with the house of his client that had been robbed of its marble mantelpieces and all its woodwork was told when Mr. Hildebrand, D.I., prosecuted Mr. James Lyons, Oranmore, for the theft of timber from the unoccupied hill of Mr. G.W.F. Kelly, of Rockhill.

Mr. M.L. Colohan, solr., of Ballinasloe, who was acting for the owner, proved that he went to Rockhill, and while concealed in the yard, he heard footsteps. On looking out, he saw defendant taking away small pieces of timber.

This house, added Mr. Colohan, had been completely robbed of all its woodwork. The timber work, floors, doors etc. had been taken, and fine marble mantelpieces had been smashed into pieces. Sometime previously, the Sinn Féiners had asked Mr. Kelly for permission to hold a dance in one of the barns.

This permission was granted, and the only excuse defendant could put forward for being there was that he went to see the dance house. Lyons was given an excellent character. He had been for 30 years around the place, and nothing had ever been brought up against him before.

He was convicted of the offences, and allowed out under the First Offender’s Act upon entering into his own recognisance of £5 to come for judgment when called upon during the next twelve months.

1942

Serious typhus outbreak

Next Monday’s Spiddal Fair is banned. Schools are closed and meetings of any kind in the area are forbidden, while Dr. C.F. McConn, acting County M.O.H., Dr. P. Geraghty, and a special staff strive strenuously night and day to subdue a typhus outbreak which has assumed alarming dimensions.

The disease, which made its first appearance in the Spiddal area in July, has spread through the district from Salahoona into Furbough and north to Bol Uisge.

Owing to lack of beds in Galway Fever Hospital, the Irish College at Spiddal has been converted into a temporary hospital.

To date there are seven active cases and seventeen convalescent cases.

Dr. McConn told our representative that typhus came from dirt. “Any type of vermin will carry it,” he explained, and added that the state of some of the houses in the Spiddal area was greatly to be deplored.

“The origin of this fever is a few dirty houses, and it is a terrible thing to see others suffering on account of the dirt of the few,” he said.

Dr. McConn said that all buses passing through the infected area were disinfected and vacuum cleaned. No lorries were drawing turd from the particular area at present.

Until such time as the fever was completely under control, no migratory labourers are allowed to leave the area unless they first get a clean bill of health from the medical officer.

Up to the time of going to Press, there were fourteen patients in the temporary hospital at Spiddal.

Dr. McConn said that there were a number of attempts at concealment by people living in the fever area, but he was going through the whole area and testing every individual person in it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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"How do Jacob's get the figs into the Fig Rolls?" was a question that captured the imagination of Ireland when it was first used as part of a marketing campaign by Jacob's for their leading biscuit. Jim Figgerty, pictured here with locals in Loughrea on July 3, 1970, was the only man with the answer! Played by actor Patrick Griffin, Jim Figgerty was part of the company's television campaign in the 1960s and early 1970s and visited towns across the country to promote the brand.

1922

The demon drink

The most contemptible of all types of mankind is he who partakes of intoxicating drink throughout the entire day and far into the night. He is never drunk, nor is he ever sober. He is appropriately called a “soaker”.

At the meeting of the Ard-Fheis, Mr. de Valera made a statement which, to those who do not understand the full significance, may not have appeared very germane to the issue. But we are given to understand that his declaration that he was “sorry the drink evil was coming again to the country” was timely, and ought to be followed up with strong action by those upon whom the discipline and good conduct of the Irish people, and the army, which is their servant, depends.

Mr de Valera said he believed he was expressing the united view of every member of the Dáil and of the Officer Board of Sinn Féin when he said that he believed Ireland was really in danger the time the drink evil came back. They wanted the support of the organisation to end that evil, and generally, restore order.

We are informed by clergymen who know rural County Galway and the habits of the people intimately that the young men of to-day do not drink to intoxication, but they have acquired more dangerous habits in certain areas: they “soak” drink for long periods at a time, and their addled minds are, therefore, open to any suggestion of mischief or evil, whilst their power to do honest work such as strong clean men glory in is dulled.

Inevitably, demoralisation follows. We trust that this tale of degeneracy is exaggerated, but we very much fear that it is too true. The fact that Mr. de Valera should make public reference to it at the Ard-Fheis is significant.

“Half the mischief,” a well-known clergyman informs us, “is hatched out at cross-roads public houses by men who spend hours there when they might be doing honest work at home.”

It is well that the country should be aroused immediately to this most insidious of all dangers, for if alcoholic demoralisation should spread, then of a surety the road to utter demoralisation and ruin would be a speedy one to travel, and all the best traditions of our Irish manhood would soon be undermined.

Although we do not, and never have, advocated total abstinence against temperance, better a thousand times that we should lose altogether the liberty to touch intoxicants than that our young men, and, alas, also some of our women, should be reduced to the degrading level of “soakers”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Some of those confirmed at Kilmacduagh on May 6, 1970.

1922

Collins interview

Mr. Michael Collins told Mr. John Steele of the “Chicago Tribune” in an interview to which the romantic interest of the head of a new State attaches that he had just returned from the country where he had spent the week-end reading John Mitchell’s account of the American Revolution and the years following.

This might pass, he said, for a history of the present days in Ireland – “there are the same divisions, the same disorders, the same rebellious elements. America won thorough. So shall we.”

Following this optimistic note, the head of the Provisional Government told Mr. Steele that if Mr. de Valera and his followers refuse to cooperate to end the campaign of anarchy, then he is prepared to fight.

But it will not be civil war. It will be simply a police measure. “If this peace effort fails,” he is reported to have said, “then there will be no other. Every avenue of co-operation will have been explored, and we shall have to take strong action to restore order in the country. It is not an easy problem; for a revolutionary Government, in the nature of things, must take some account of motives. There is a lot of plain looting, robbery and violence going on.

“That is common criminality and must be punished. Also, there is a certain amount of commandeering from what, after all, is a patriotic, if misguided motive. That, too, must be stopped; but it requires a different method. Then there is the question of disarmament. There are too many guns in the country – uncontrolled guns, I mean – and they’ve got to be got in. a gun is a dangerous thing for a young man to have. Some day he may use it in a quarrel over a girl, or over a shilling, or over a word. That is one of the problems the revolutionary Government has got to solve, and is determined to solve, but it cannot be done in a day or two.”

He added that Irish people had the right to vote at an election, even if they voted wrongly.

Second bite of apple

The residence of Captain Gardiner, Lismanny, was raided by armed men on Saturday night and a Ford car taken.

It is stated that when visited some time ago, the car could not be taken away as it was out of order and the raiders had to content themselves by taking the wheels.

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County Galway dancers who won many trophies in competitions over two weeks in June 1967 pictured with their trophies in Eyre Square on June 26, 1967. From left: Breda Keedy, Ballinasloe, who won the shield for the single jig at Athlone Feis, Mary Kelly, Ballinasloe, who won the minor championship (under 11) at Athlone and the minor championship at Drumshambo Feis, Esther McGough, Tuam, who won the under 9 championship at Athlone and Rosemary Mannion, Gort who won the minor competition at Carrickedmund, Co Westmeath and the under 13 competition at Athlone.

1922

Raids and robberies

During the past week a regular epidemic of raids and robberies has taken place in and around East Galway, as a result of which considerable sums of money, jewellery, clothing etc. have been taken away from their owners.

In certain districts scarcely a residence has been immune from the midnight marauders who continue to pursue their nefarious deeds with unrelenting vigour, and in the present state of things, apparently, without fear of detection.

To the least observant, it is obvious that the parties who perpetrate these outrageous are a band who avail of the unsettled condition of affairs now existing, and all right-thinking persons, anxious for the restoration of normal conditions, will earnestly hope that peace will soon come to our distracted land so long torn by internal strife, and that there will soon be an end to crime which tends to disgrace a country once famous for its honour and chivalry.

Home raided

At two a.m. on Sunday morning the residence of Mr. John Cobban, a Presbyterian farmer living at Shanbally, about three English miles from Ballinasloe, was raided by a party of armed and disguised men who arrived in a motor car.

Entrance was affected by breaking a pane of glass in a window through which one of the party got in and opened the door for the others.

The raiders then searched the house, taking with them some jewellery, overcoats, £5 in cash, and a suit of clothes belonging to Mr. John Cobban, junr., and also his watch. Mr. Cobban is a Scotchman who has lived in the district for about fifty years.

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