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The Oranmore camogie team pictured in 1967.

1918

Shooting outrages

Two shooting outrages occurred in Cummer district last week. On Wednesday night, at about 8.45, a shot was fired through the bedroom window of the house of MI. Nolan, Anbally. Beyond the window being shattered, there was no damage done.

Mr. Nolan’s daughter was at the time sitting by the window, but was not injured. The shot was, apparently, fired from a distance, as the lamp, which was placed on the table in the centre of the room, was not touched by any of the pellets.

Nolan is one of a number of tenants amongst whom, it is stated, there is a dispute over some land which they hold on the Col. Knox estate.  On Thursday night, at about 8.15, as Constable Kerrisk, of the Cummer police barracks, was getting some water in the back yard, he heard some noise and voices in the shrubbery at the back of the wall which encloses the barrack yard.

Just as he was re-entering the barracks, a shot rang out, but the constable was not hit. The police in the barrack immediately searched the place around, but could find no trace of the firing party.

Very Rev. Canon Curran strongly denounced the outrages at last Mass at Cummer on Sunday. Mr. Comerford, D.I., Tuam, and the police investigated the occurrences, but no arrests have, so far, resulted.

Washed ashore

News reached the widow and family during the week that Michl. Conneely, a member of the crew of a mine sweeper, was washed ashore in the South of England. He was about 55 years of age, and resided in Long Walk before joining the Navy.

1943

Food warning

Neither the farmers nor anybody else in the country can say that they have not had made plain to them during the past few weeks the vital necessity of growing more food for this hard-pressed nation. The Taoiseach, himself, has made eloquently clear the gravity of the position and, last Saturday, Mr. Frank Aiken, Minister for the Co-ordination of Defensive Measures, appealed directly to the farmers of County Galway.

Mr. Aiken’s appeal was, perhaps, the most comprehensive yet made in a single speech. Not only did he plead for an extra 125,000 acres of wheat this year, but he also asked for a greatly increased growth of potatoes, oats, barley, sugar beet, turnips, mangolds and other root crops and he gave very sound reason for asking. In particular he stressed the need to increase the acreage under potatoes.

Mr. Aiken pointed out that the potato is particularly important where there is a small acreage of land per head of the population such as obtains in a large part of County Galway where the farmers have to get the greatest possible amount of food out of the land.

He ridiculed the idea that anybody in the West had a surplus of potatoes last year – when County Galway grew eleven thousand acres less than in 1941 – and reminded his hearers that they should know all about ensilage by now.

It was a practical speech which revealed just where the farmers in the West had fallen short and showed what could be done – and MUST be done – if we are not to be confronted with the spectre of hunger throughout the country. This is no time for complacent optimism. At the earliest, according to the views of military experts in the service of some of the belligerent nations, we need not expect peace before the winter of 1944.

Rousing call

When Irish sailors are risking their lives to bring us supplies, when a Galway boy – peace to his soul – lost his life in an Irish ship bringing us supplies, surely Galway farmers will not shirk toil and hardship.

The above is a sentence from a forceful letter advocating more tillage which was addressed by his lordship, the Most. Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway.

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”.

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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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