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The thronged old stand at Ballybrit during the Galway Races in 1973, when the summer festival was a four-day event, running from Monday to Thursday.

Galway In Days Gone By – 1914

German cruiser

On Wednesday night, a special relief staff was put on at the Galway Post Office, and it is understood that the bulk of the communications dealt with the present European situation, and are for the purpose of putting Whitehall into touch with the British fleet at sea.

There is also a rumour, but this has not been confirmed, that there is a German cruiser patrolling the coast, and it is suggested that she is picking up German subjects in this country. Already, some German subjects have been notified to hold themselves in readiness for eventualities.

Making recovery

Mr. Patrick Keenan, son of Mr. Keenan, Presentation Road, Galway, who fell victim to the fusillade at Dublin on Sunday, is making satisfactory progress. The bullets in his head have not yet, however, been extracted.

City break-in

Denis Lyons, who gave his address as Cross-street, Galway, but who is believed to be a native of Tuam, and of the tramp class, was placed under arrest by Constables Haughey and Keane at 4 o’clock this (Friday) morning on a charge of having broken into the premises of Mr. P.J. Kelly, William-street.

The constables who were fortunately in the vicinity at the time heard a loud crash and on arriving at the four corners found Lyons. Mr. Kelly’s window in Lower Abbeygate-street had been broken and a number of bottles filled with coloured water taken.

Later, a number of bottles with Mr. Kelly’s name on the labels were found at the Square, which goes to show that there must have been more than one connected with the raid.

1939

Milk larceny alleged

At Loughrea District Court, before Mr. W.P. Cahill, D.J., the Attorney General prosecuted John Skelly, Dalyston, for unlawfully taking and carrying away a quantity of milk – three pints – the property of Michael Fahy, his next door neighbour on July 3.

Michael Fahy stated that he kept a cow which he milked at around one o’clock each day and ten o’clock at night. She gave about three quarts of milk each time. Witness noticed there was a sudden falling off of the milk and took certain steps to have the cow watched.

On July 3, witness went out to the field about four o’clock or 4.30 that morning. John Skelly was milking the cow. When witness asked him who gave him leave to do that, defendant gave him a short answer he could not understand and walked away.

Cross-examined by Dr. A.D. Comyn, solicitor for Skelly, Mr Fahy denied asking Mr Skelly, his wife and his nephew to milk the cow.

Dr. Comyn: If the three of them came up and swear you told them to milk the cow, they would be perjuring themselves?

Witness: Yes.

John Skelly stated that he was a national teacher and a next door neighbour of Mr Fahy. His wife carried on a shop at Dalyston. Fahy had a calf suckling on a cow until it was five months old.

Fahy had to leave his house every morning before seven to go to Newtowndaly. It was very often two and 2.30 when he returned home from work. Fahy asked witness’s wife to take the milk from the cow on June 7, as she might get milk fever in the hot weather.

Witness tried to milk the cow. She was restless. It was 6.30 before he left his house on the morning of July 3 to milk the cow. He had about a naggin of milk taken from her when Fahy arrived on the scene.

He came shouting and running towards witness with an open knife in his hand. Witness got the biggest surprise in his life at Fahy’s attitude and walked away without any explanation. He frequently obliged Fahy by giving him milk and milking his cow for him.

Cross-examined by Superintendent Finnegan, witness said up to that they were very good neighbours. Mrs. Skelly and John Conway, nephew of the defendant, also gave evidence that they were asked by Michael Fahy to milk the cow.

The Justice said he believed Skelly’s story and dismissed the case on the merits.

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At the official opening of the new tile factory in Portumna on January 13, 1967.

1921

Tenants’ desperation

That the land question is far from settled in certain areas is obvious to those who have been reading the series of articles contributed to these columns by a correspondent in South Galway. The slowness of the Congested Districts Board has been proverbial.

Our correspondent suggests that failure to effect local settlements within a reasonable time, coupled with the inefficiency he charges, have brought about a condition of discontent which may result in a violent explosion at any moment.

No one could contemplate with equanimity such an outburst, for it might have an effect far beyond that intended and might endanger national peace at a period when its preservation is of supreme moment to the Irish people.

But it would seem indisputable that the Congested Districts Board is taking risks that no public body is entitled to take; and the completion of the division of the estates involved should be pushed forward in the public interest without further unnecessary delay.

The tenants on the Ardilaun estate at Cong have already taken the matter into their own hands. At a meeting attended by congests, some of whom walked fifteen miles to be present, it was declared that all confidence had been lost in the Congested Districts Board “which has long since practically ceased to function on this estate” and the tenants requested Dáil Éireann to take over the administration.

The facts in regard to the Ardilaun property are sufficiently remarkable to afford in themselves a damnatory criticism of the Board’s methods. It contains seven hundred householders, whose average valuation is from 15s. to £3. Congestion and poverty is abound; there is little untenanted land to relieve either.

Migration of bodies of tenants is the only real and permanent remedy. But nine years after the late Lord Ardilaun expressed his desire to sell, the Congested Districts Board has not, it would appear, put forward any real effort to relieve a distressing situation.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Prizewinners at Ballinasloe Show on October 5, 1970. From left: Matthew Conneely, Kilconnell, Matthew Conneely (Junior), John Callanan, Calla, Kilconnell and Seán Conneely, Kilconnell.

1921

Grim legacy

“What did we get from the Government in the Famine?” asked the Most Rev. Dr. Duggan. And the answer was, “The Poorhouses.” They came as a legacy of these grim years, a miserable palliative instead of a radical cure.

When 1845 opened, there were 114 of them throughout Ireland, and impoverished ratepayers had to pay for their upkeep. Their erection was, indeed, in some measure, instituted as a relief work.

The famine had swept over the land, leaving us the most tragic chapters in our history. Grim, black death in a country where there was plenty, if only it had been efficiently distributed, and kept for the hapless people at home.

The Irish Poor Law was rooted in misery, and continued throughout all these years as a cumbersome degradation, designed for the encouragement of the mendicant and the wastrel, to crush the last vestige of self-respect from those whom it once caught within its toils.

With the exception of the admirable boarding-out systems instituted by some of our more humane boards – notably Galway Guardians, whose clerk took a keen personal interest in making some of his charges into good citizens – we know no instance in which the vicious Poor Laws as operated in Ireland did anything but harm.

They ground down the ratepayers; they did not serve the poor in any measure commensurate with the expenditure involved in an army of officials, an array of buildings that badged with poverty one of the finest agricultural countries in the world.

Unions amalgamated

On the motion of Dr. Walsh, Galway Co. Council at its quarterly meeting on Saturday finally adopted a scheme for “the amalgamation of the county unions” – in reality, for doing away with the unions altogether as such.

The scheme under which the Poor Laws of the country will be administered on an entirely new basis, will be as follows: One central hospital for Galway with motor ambulances; one central home for the old and infirm in Tuam or Loughrea; children to be sent to an institution for which one workhouse may be used; unmarried mothers to be divided into two classes – first offenders to be dealt with in the same institution as the children and old offenders to be sent to the Magdalen Asylum; insane and epileptics to be put in a county home at present until they can be specially dealt with.

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Some of the competitors show their prize-winning cakes and bread at Mountbellew Show on September 10, 1964.

1921

Tragedy and sorrow

Last winter was one of the blackest that Ireland has experienced in her long and chequered history. Men of sincere goodwill in all parties hope that we shall never witness its like again.

It has left the inevitable aftermath of tragedy, sorrow, suffering and present distress. It is the duty of all to help soften the bitterness of tragedy and sorrow, to alleviate suffering, to obviate present or future distress.

In the performance of this duty, no prejudice, no argument, no excuse can hold back the hand of charity, for it is a duty dictated by the laws of Christianity, sanctified by the kinship of common humanity since the world began.

“The White Cross”, we are told in the report of the delegation from the American Committee on Irish Relief, “makes appeal not in the name of any section of the people, but in the name of humanity. No political distinctions exist in suffering, and none must exist in relief. The men and women who constitute the Irish White Cross think differently on many thinks; they are united by the bond of charity”.

Risky business

We have, this year, a striking example of what a risky business our store cattle and sheep trade is. Many of our small farmers and farmers’ sons who have taken grazing during the past year or two have lost not only their savings of the war years but some of their capital.

The system most likely to give stability to farming in Co. Galway is one which the grazing of store cattle and sheep must give pride of place to the production of home-grown food.

The risk of loss on tillage farming can be controlled, to some extent, by sowing a variety of crops and by the careful selection of seeds and manures. A collection of kales and cabbages for stock feeding was an interesting feature of the County Committee’s educational exhibit at Ballinasloe Show.

Many of the varieties staged are little known or cultivated in this country, which seems extraordinary when we consider their many advantages.

Thousand-headed Kale, Drumhead, Flat Dutch and Savoy cabbages could supplement, or take the place of, the turnip crop in many districts where disease is prevalent, or where the land is otherwise unsuitable for the growth of roots.

It is only by the adoption of a system of mixed farming where sufficient food is grown for the number of stock on hands that steady prices can be obtained.

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