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Galway In Days Gone By – Threatening the Davenports

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Pupils from Kilchreest National School, Co Galway, photographed about 1947. Back row, left to right: Maureen Lally, Maura Stewart, Mary Frances Callanan, Pauline Carty, Carmel Fahy, Maureen Smith, Phil & Eileen Haverty, Beanie Carty, Biddy Howley and Ann Glynn; Fifth row: Miko Buckley, Bridie Fallon, Nora Hanlon, Mary Fallon, Mai Burke, Maura Connaughton, Bridie Cormican, Sadie Kelly, Mikie Connaughton and Paddy Carty; Fourth row: Bridie Sheil, Una Finnerty, Claire Doyle, Freida Hanlon, Teresa Murray, Phil Carty, Polly Connaughton, Marie Haverty, Angela Kelly, Mary Sheehan, Mary McLoughlin and Teresa Cormican; Third row: Paddy Roland, Eileen Carty, Breda Murray, Mary Ryan, Margaret Coye, Mary Larkin, Bridie Haverty, Tessie Hanlon, Bridget Coye, Dermot Doyle, Flan Doyle, Paddy Carty, Peter Sheehan and Brendan Hawkins; Second row: Seán Sheehan, Eugene Kelly, Tomsy Finnerty, Seán Hawkins, Jimmy Burke, Kevin McLoughlin, Thomas Burke, John Headd, Seamus Coye, Joseph McLoughlin, Liam Smith, Tommy Hanlon and Patrick Cunningham; Front row: Joe Callanan, Paddy Ryan, John Larkin, Michael Coye, Seán Stewart, Willie Joe Carty, Michael Carty, Brendan Callanan, Donal Ryan, Frankie Stewart, Paddy Finnerty, Bernard Larkin, Tommy Kiggins and Paddy Stewart.

1914

Threatening the Davenports

At the City Petty Sessions, Sergt. McMullen summoned Pat King for having on the night of June 25 come out behind the Misses Davenports place at Rockhill at 10.40 and called the ladies filthy names and threatened to knock the wall.

The Sergeant added that there was some trouble about grazing. Mr. T.M. Kenny (of Messrs Blake and Kenny) appeared on behalf of the Misses Davenport and Mr. O’Dea defended.

Sergt. McMullen deposed that the defendant at 10.30pm made use of language calculated to lead to a breach of the peace. He had no coat or cap on at the time, and made use of filthy and insulting remarks to the ladies.

Cross-examined by Mr. O’Dea: Defendant was about 300 yards away from the house at the time. Defendant spoke English; witness was clear on that. Defendant said “They took the land from me, sergeant.”

Complaints had been made of the conduct of the defendant on previous occasions. He had also been summoned for assaulting the police. Defendant was bound to the peace for a period of twelve months, himself in £10 and two sureties of £5 each.

1939

Cinema star’s sister

“What delighted us most about Galway is the friendliness and hospitality of its citizens,” said Mrs. Marion Grant, Connecticut, sister of Katherine Hepburn, the famous film actress, when she landed from the Cunard White Star Liner, Scythia, at Galway on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Grant, both of whom are twenty-one years of age, are making a five weeks’ honeymoon tour of the West of Ireland.

Hotelier fined

At Galway District Court before Justice Sean Mac Giollarnath, George McCambridge, Royal Hotel, Galway, was charged with a breach of the licensing laws on April 10.

Guard Roger Heneghan gave evidence of visiting the premises at 3.15am and finding the following men on the premises: Brian Mac Dubhaill, Bothair Athair Griobhta; Padraig Ó Cuinn, Gaillimh, and Padraig Cruadhlaoich, An Line Nua, Gaillimh.

Defendant said that he was manager of the Royal Hotel for the past twelve months. The night Boots was in employment there when witness took over. His instructions that the licensing laws should be kept were issued to everyone in his employment. He was most anxious that no drink should be sold after hours.

The Justice said that he was satisfied there could not be proper control over premises as long as the Boots had access to the drink. He imposed a fine of 40s with an endorsement. The men found on the premises were each fined 10s.

Ashford hotel opening

With the opening of Ashford Castle as an hotel, the storied village of Cong will probably be the Mecca of many visitors to the West this summer. Heretofore the beautiful Ashford Park was more or less a closed shop to sight-seers – as admittance was strictly by permit – and consequently one of Ireland’s most interesting historical remains was almost beyond the reach of the general public.

Docks strike settled

The strike at the Galway Docks which resulted in the Limerick Steamship Company’s vessel, Rynanna, leaving on Friday last without her cargo, and held up the same company’s vessel, Maigue, in the Docks for a few days this week, was settled at a conference between representatives of the Galway Harbour Commissioners, the Galway Employers’ Federation and the dockers’ branch of the ITGWU.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A man lies on a bed of nails at the opening of Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, on October 26, 1972

1921

Silence is golden

Leaders on both sides have stated that the best assistance the country can give in the making of peace is to keep silence.

During the past week there has been a great deal of speculation, most of it harmless enough, as, for instance, the enterprising American journalist’s “exclusive” on the first meeting of the British Premier and the President of the Irish Republic; much of it positively mischievous, as the case of the efforts of a certain journal, which has grown hoary in the reputation for throwing in the apple of discord, to anticipate failure in advance.

Our American colleague was on surer and on safer ground when he told of how de Valera and Lloyd George met.

“Mr. Lloyd George,” he cabled, “was sitting at his desk when the Irish President entered. For just a minute these two gazed fixedly at one another. Then the British Premier walked across the intervening space and shook de Valera by the hand. He led him to a seat where they sat side by side. The atmosphere was tense. They faced one another. Then Lloyd George reached down for a box of cigars. But the Irish President is of Spartan mould. He neither permits himself to drink nor smoke. He politely but firmly waved the box away. Mr. Lloyd George, however, selected and lighted a Havana, and as the smoke curled upwards the atmosphere became decidedly easier!”

Good planning

The wise and practical man always lays by a store against the time when supplies will be scarce. One of the most serious effects of the prolonged drought is the scarcity of supplies of fodder for cattle-feeding during the coming winter and spring.

The hay crop is not more than half the average yield. The corn crop is far below normal. Turnips in many districts are a partial failure. We have frequently emphasised the importance of growing catch-crops to supplement other feeding stuffs raised on the farm, but it is only under circumstances such as the present that their utility is brought home to farmers. Owing to the early harvest, a larger area than is usual can and should be put down this season. This would make good, to some extent, at least, the shortage of hay and other feeding-stuffs.

The demonstration plots laid down by the County Committee of Agriculture have shown that catch-crops, such as vetches and rye as well as other mixtures, can be successfully grown in all parts of County Galway.

We would urge on farmers the desirability – nay, the necessity – of procuring seed and making early preparation for the sowing of an increased area of catch-crops this season.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children dancing at the Clonbur Festival on July 5, 1980. An article in the Tribune at the time detailed how this was the fourth such festival with events covering set dancing, figure dancing, art, fishing and an old-time waltz competition.

1921

Peace at last

Hope “hath happy place” in this land of ours to-day. Those who disappoint it are the enemies not only of Ireland, but of civilisation. Before proceeding to the preliminary conference with Mr. Lloyd George at 10, Downing-street, yesterday afternoon, Mr. de Valera said that he thought the outlook for peace both from the British and Irish points of view was better than it had ever been in history.

The Irish leader would not make this statement unless he had good grounds for it. We may accept it as the confident prediction of one who has proceeded with extreme caution throughout these momentous negotiations.

Yet patient confidence in ultimate justice and patient endurance for a little are needed. There are those who would, if they could, thwart the coming of peace, but they will be borne aside by the widening will to peace, and the larger outlook that the coming of the Truce has brought.

The agony of these days that are past, as we hope for ever, is like a nightmare. Only last week, the pages of the “Tribune” told of the trials and tribulations through which the mothers and sisters of County Galway had gone. The stories related at the Quarter Sessions afforded some index of the hell of ceaseless apprehension and the dread which the women and children have had to bear for many months.

It would seem as if there could be no requital for their sorrows upon this earth. But there is sometimes a balance of justice in human affairs. To-day, as Ireland hopes and prays, this balance is about to be meted out as a common national inheritance.

The Truce has been observed in the spirit of mutual forbearance, good-will and generosity. One can conceive that the horrible conditions of the past nine months will ever be recalled. Indeed, there is no person who would desire or contrive at such an eventuality. Its very contemplation makes us fearful of the outcome of these fateful conferences.

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A section of the crowd in the stand before the start of a race at the Galway Races at Ballybrit in July 1965. Organisers of the festival this year are awaiting confirmation that there will be a return of similar scenes in two week's time with plans to allow 5,000 punters in under eased Covid restrictions.

1921

Theft in Renmore

At about eleven o’clock on Saturday morning two employees of Miss Behan, carrier and forwarding agent, Galway, delivering a quantity of groceries, cigarettes, etc., at the Army and Navy Stores, Renmore, were held up at the turn of the road leading into Renmore by six men who had come down from the Oranmore road.

The drivers were requested to stop the horses, and this being done, two members of the party searched the cars minutely. One of the two who had searched the cars took away a box of containing a quantity of cigarettes to the value of £30.

The drivers reported the matter on arrival at the military barracks and subsequently investigations were made but without success.

Death in pavilion blaze

Set ablaze early on Friday morning last, the pavilion at Athenry tennis and cricket ground was destroyed. Half buried in the debris on the morning following were found the charred remains of a human being.

Shortly after midnight many of the inhabitants of Athenry were awakened by the lurid flames from the north side of the town which shone all over the place. After some time, the local R.I.C. visited the place and found the pavilion had been almost gutted and gone beyond any hope of salvage.

They, however, succeeded in removing a quantity of the wool which the caretaker, Mr. P. Doherty, had stored in an adjoining shed. Delph, costly cutlery, linens and furniture to the value of £100 were reduced to ashes, as were also two sets of harness and a small sum of money, the property of the caretaker.

When the place ceased smouldering on the following day the charred remains of a human being rendered unrecognisable by the flames were found in the cellar.

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