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Galway in Days Gone By

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The Connacht rugby team after playing an inter-pro at a muddy Galway Sportsground in 1938.

1918

Shooting outrages

Two shooting outrages occurred at about one o’clock on Thursday morning when the houses of two respectable farmers in Rahoon were fired into. The first house attacked was that of Mr. James Feeney, the gun shot entering the bedroom window, in which he and his wife were sleeping.

A few minutes later the house of Denis Tierney, who resides in the same neighbourhood, was also fired into, the shot reaching his bedroom. Fortunately, none of the parties was injured. No motive can be assigned for this occurrence.

The matter was reported to Sergt. Reilly, who with Mr. Ruttledge, Co. Inspector, and Head-Constable Killacky, visited the place.

Soldiers and police

A scene was created in William-street on Friday night when two Connaught Rangers (privates) were being placed under arrest by the police on the instructions of an officer. They violently resisted the interference of the police patrol.

Meanwhile, a crowd of people gathered, following with deep interest the scuffle between opposing forces. Extra constabulary eventually succeeded in removing the recalcitrant Tommies to the barracks.

Coal scarcity

The dearth of coal reached an acute stage during the week-end. The quantity of coal in the yards was very limited, and turf was snapped up at high prices. In the larger city institutions, the situation created by the scarcity was very serious, particularly in the workhouse.

On Monday morning at the latter institution, only a few cwt. of coal was in stock, and after considerable difficulty, a provisional supply of coke was secured, otherwise the concern would have been fireless.

1943

G.A.A. rowdyism

A call to all clubs to co-operate whole-heartedly with the Co. Board, to abide by the rules of the Association, and by those fundamental rules of truth and justice in their dealings with others – given to them thousands of years ago in the Ten Commandments – was issued by Mr. Thos. O’Connor, Chairman of the Galway Co. Board of the G.A.A., in his Presidential address to the County Convention in Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe on Sunday.

Referring to disturbances at games, Mr. O’Connor declared: “Every reflection cast on our games in this county is not a reflection on the games, but on the people of the county – on their conduct, their character and their outlook.

“Serious disturbances at some of our matches, an increase in the number of objections which indicates a disregard for our rules, and the very few minor league teams fielded all show that there are many among us who do not live up to the ideals of our Association.

“Critics and grousers decry our games, especially hurling. What I want to impress on you and on them is that there is nothing wrong with our games. The games for which our Association caters are probably the best all-round games in the world.

“The fault is not with the games, but in those connected with them – players, spectators – and officials if you like.

Fairs on the streets

It is an extraordinary fact that, despite repeated protests and appeals by townspeople concerned throughout the length and breadth of the country, fairs continue to be held on the public street to the great inconvenience of everybody concerned and the inevitable dislocation of traffic.

Whatever excuse there may have been got holding fairs on the streets a couple of generations ago, when life was taken at a much slower pace and motor traffic had not yet made its appearance, there is no possible justification nowadays. This fact is generally recognised, yet there is hardly any record of suitable action having been taken and the nuisance persists.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Brothers Tadhg and Mattie Ó Fatharta take a break for a cup of tea while gathering turf with their donkey Tony on Lochán Beag bog, Inverin, in October 1991. PHOTO BY JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY

1922

New houses at last

Galway is to have new houses at last! The forty-six ex-servicemen’s dwellings are to be erected at Fairhill. Mr. Patk. Dooley, the young Galway contractor, has been successful in securing the contract at, we understand, something like £550 per house against keen competition from Dublin, Cork, Limerick and other Galway contractors.

These houses will be built of concrete blocks, and the work of preparing these and the woodwork has already commenced. The employment which the work will give in Galway will be considerable, apart altogether from the important fact that the houses will provide healthy accommodation for a considerable number of people.

The contract is held from the Board of Works, which undertakes the scheme, and is prepared to build an additional twenty-two houses for ex-servicemen in Galway provided the land can be obtained, and to keep these houses in repair.

Galway has been fortunate in getting this scheme through despite some difficulties that arose. Indeed, few other towns in Ireland have been so fortunate. A considerable share of the credit is due to Mr. H. M. A. Murphy, the inspector under the housing scheme, and to Mr. M. J. Tighe, the Board of Works engineer who prepared the plans, and was instrumental in smoothing out a difficulty raised by the local authority in regard to sewage disposal.

Monies recovered

The sum of £87 odd, taken from the post offices at Ballygar, Caltra, and Castleblakeney was found on a man who was apprehended by I.R. police coming out from the Castleblakeney office.

He was placed under arrest, and on refusing to give his name or address, was detained. The money found on him corresponded with the missing sums taken from the offices and was given over by the I.R.P. to the Ballygar postmaster.

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