Galway In Days Gone By

Pupils of the Mercy Convent, Tuam, who were among the winners in the talent competition in conjunction with the schools quiz in the Rosary Hall, Taylor's Hill, Galway, in December 1966.
Pupils of the Mercy Convent, Tuam, who were among the winners in the talent competition in conjunction with the schools quiz in the Rosary Hall, Taylor's Hill, Galway, in December 1966.


Daily Mail’s fake news

The subjoined is a copy of a letter sent to the London ‘Daily Mail’:

St. Joseph’s, Clifden, Co. Galway. 8th December, 1917.

Sir, I don’t get the ‘Daily Mail’, but through the kindness of a friend, I have just been shown a copy of your last Monday’s issue. Therein was given a supposed summary of a short interview on the 30th ult. between your representative, Mr. A. Thompson, and myself.

The report of that interview, I am sorry to be obliged to characterise as no other than a tissue of gross misstatements. On the date named, your correspondent called, presented me with his card, gave me your compliments, and stated the objects of his visit – 1st to know how the people have fared; (2nd) to ask what the Congested Districts Board has done or left undone; and (3rd) to inquire what local industries might have been started and worked, and were allowed to lie undeveloped.

For the sake of the Press, and for the credit of decent journalism, I naturally thought from these credentials that I was speaking to a gentleman; I now find I was dealing with a cad.

My replies to his several inquiries were brief and terse, pertinent and truthful. Instead of giving my answers, he twisted and distorted them for his own perverted fancy.

It may be of some satisfaction to your correspondent to know and feel that when he renews acquaintance with Connemara and its people, his last visit will doubtless ensure for him so warm a reception that he will not soon forget it, and, mayhap, will furnish him besides with material and copy for a more spicy and telling article than was his in your columns on the 3rd inst.

  1. Canon McAlpine, P.P., V.F.


War prayer

“Keep your minds fixed on the victory for which you strive, for the day when peace comes and you will have fulfilled your task. Please God it will be, for us, a bloodless victory. Ireland has had no victory march for many a day; after the War of Independence, civil strife intervened to prevent it. But, please God, there will be one after this war, and in it you will have an honoured place.”

So declared His Lordship, the Most Re. Dr. Michael Browne, during the course of a stirring address to members of the Fiftieth Rifle Battalion L.D.F., who, having laid aside their turns to salute the King of Peace, attended, with members of the other auxiliary services, a special Military Mass in the Cathedral, Galway, on Sunday morning.

Hospital mishap

Mr. Justice Maguire, President of the High Court, in accordance with a decision of the Supreme Court on a case stated by himself, which held that the Galway Board of Health was liable for damages for the negligence of a member of the nursing staff in the discharge of her professional duties, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court Judge awarding £40 to Sal Morgan (8 years), of Athenry Road, Loughrea, for injuries suffered as a result of a hot-water jar that had been placed in her bed while suffering from the effects of an anaesthetic, having burned her.

Mr Justice Maguire directed that £15 be paid out to the father, and that the balance be invested in Savings Certificates for the benefit of the child.

No enough men

We have so much work that we cannot get men for it all, declared the County Surveyor at Saturday’s meeting of Galway County Council. He said that he had never experienced such a state of affairs in nearly thirty years with the Council.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.