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Galway in Days Gone By

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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.

1917

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.

1942

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.

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1922

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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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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