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A group of youngsters at the Kinvara Sports Day in 1970.

1919

Tuam en fête

Tuam was en fete on Thursday and Friday nights when the majority of the people turned out to receive Messrs. M. Dwyer, T.C., Chairman, Tuam Guardians, and Mr. M. J. Hoey (who had been released from Derry jail). Elaborate preparations were made from Mr. Hoey’s reception and the town was one mass of illumination.

At the meeting in the Town Hall on Friday night, Mr. G. Guy, solr., said: We had the great pleasure a couple of nights ago of welcoming back an old patriot, Michael Dwyer (applause), but to-night is if anything a still more pleasing occasion because it is in the nature of a surprise.

Mr. Hoey has been released several months before his time. He has not been released through any clemency or kindness on the part of the Government, I needn’t telly you (applause). He has been released as the result of a hunger strike (applause) and simply because they were afraid he might die in their hands like Tom Ashe died (applause).

During the years Mr. Hoey was here in Tuam he was always known to be a respectable, well-conducted Irishman, but he committed the “crime” of taking an active interest in his country (applause).

For that “crime” he was sent to jail for twelve months, and not only was he sent to jail for twelve months but he got twelve months’ hard labour like any common scoundrel or rogue.

Mechanics’ strike

From an obscure quarrel between men and master, in which two motor mechanics, one motor driver and one cycle mechanic were involved, the dispute at Messrs. Bailey’s Motor and Cycle Works, Eyre-square, Galway, has been forced under public notice this week by a liberal display of placards on dead walls and even outgoing vans and lorries, and by a guard of pickets comprising of the disgruntled employees which marches to and fro opposite the shop and garage.

The placards, which are prominently displayed on the breasts of the pickets announce, “We demand a living wage” and “Strike still on at Bailey’s Motor and Cycle Works, Eyre-square, Galway.”

The increased activity on the part of the men was heralded by the visit to Galway of Mr. Liam Slattery, the Organiser of the Irish Automobile Drivers’ and Mechanics’ Union, who declared at Tuam on Thursday, as reported on Page 7, that the conditions under which motor men in that town worked were “enough to make anarchists, let alone trades unionists of them.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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John and Paul Colleran were winners in the Most Original section of the Galway Swimming Club Fancy Dress competition in January 1965.

1919

Lady candidates

Already the shadow of dissolution is upon them. Shrewd strategists are busy delivering election addresses to the reporters, so that they may pass on to office in the new body corporate.

But they will have to pass through the sieve of Proportional Representation; and the returning officers who were instructed on the new system at the Town Hall on Wednesday to declare it to be a Chinese puzzle.

This is not a hopeful beginning. As one optimistic returning officer put it, “We shall muddle through, and elect the new boards anyhow”. It is due to those who planned P.R. to say that it is not an “anyhow” method, but one which aims at securing representation for every section of the electorate.

In Sligo that result was admirably achieved; in Sligo they had the advantage of the P.R. officials, and these gentlemen in the coming contests must perforce delegate their duties to others.

“But these duties are simplicity itself,” they say. “Wait and see,” avers to our lectured returning officers. At any rate, the coming elections will provide a much bigger test in the great experiment than did Sligo. And already P.R. has given courage to new forces who have hitherto been practically unrepresented in Irish local government.

At least four lady candidates are spoken of. Certainly no body that has to do with the health and welfare of the community could be considered complete without women. Who knows better than the mother the trials and tribulations of the poor, and the need for decent conditions in the community?

Irish question interest

The Irish-American Press is once more freely entering this country. It reveals beyond a doubt that the Irish question to-day bulks large in American politics, and that Irish nationalism, as given expression to at the last general election, possesses a powerful and unsleeping organisation in the United States.

Smug English politicians who talk about “settling Ireland,” as if the fate and fortune of a nation were a mere matter of exchange and barter, might peruse the pages of some of the champions of Irish nationality published in the States with considerable profit.

Untrammelled by D.O.R.A., fearless of suppression, their writers speak with a candour that does not mince matters. Ireland is described as “a nation bound and gagged,” and Mr. Lloyd George as a “quack” who is merely fooling Ireland.

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Gay Byrne, who died this week, pictured with his wife Kathleen Watkins and daughter Crona at the Oyster Festival in 1966.

1919

Notes for farmers

Close students of the agricultural press, and of similar publications of countries which are Ireland’s competitors in the agricultural produce markets, cannot fail to have been impressed by the intense interest that is being displayed in these countries in every method which will assist in obtaining better results from farming.

The dominating impression is one of thirst for knowledge, keenness, and co-operation with all agencies working for improved methods, and is an indication of the competition that may be expected when present trade hindrances are removed.

Irish farmers, however, have already at their disposal systems of scientific instruction, 2nd investigation, as well as tested results, and need have no fear of the result of such competition, if they will only utilise the means provided, and co-operate in a spirit similar to that animating the farmers of other countries by adopting the methods which have been commended to them, and applying the lessons taught by the scientific experiments conducted during the past 20 years.

Senseless act

Two large plate-glass windows in the premises of the Co-operative Store at Forster-st, Galway, were smashed at 4.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Those living in the vicinity heard the crash at that hour. The perpetrators of this senseless and unprovoked outrage did not go far to seek for the weapons they made use of.

The planks of the scaffolding that was used in connection with the repairs to the building were at hand, and it was these they used in breaking the windows. A large lamp, which was hanging inside one of the windows, was also smashed.

The act has aroused universal condemnation in the town.

At the meeting of the Urban Council yesterday (Thursday), Mr. Rabbitt proposed a motion condemning the outrage. – Chairman: It is a shame. But that is the way they are going to make a great country of this – smashing windows and committing outrages. It is a grand thing.

Mr Rabbitt: It gives the town a bad name and it is no good to anyone.

Chairman: It is a shame, and a cowardly thing to do, and nobody would do it but a blackguard.

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Pupils from St Ignatius College, Galway, who received the Red Cross (Water Safety Section) certificates for proficiency in water rescue techniques in the Rosary Hall, Taylor's Hill, in December 1965. Seated, from left: Michael Henderson, Fr. Griffin Road; Diarmuid O'Driscoll, Sea Road; Michael Cunningham, Dangan. Standing, from left: Patrick Murphy, Salthill; Patrick McCarroll, Threadneedle Road, Salthill; and David Cunningham, Dangan.

1919

Ban on public gatherings

The proclamation of the 20th of last month banning fairs, markets and public assemblies in four electoral divisions of the rural district of Portumna still remains in force.

Representations and protests have been sent to the Government in authority demanding the withdrawal of this unjust and iniquitous order from the localities named and each have received the stereotyped reply, “They regret circumstances do not permit even the holding of a market or fair.”

The fair on the 17th October was banned, thereby causing serious loss to the traders of the town and grave inconvenience to many owners of sheep and cattle for miles around Portumna.

It is a well-known fact that the October fair in Portumna comes next to the great Ballinasloe fair in the West, buyers coming from the great sheep and cattle centres of Ireland to make their winter purchases.

Those people varied the quality of stock they received, and year after year they were present in October and exchanged thousands of pounds in purchases.

Disgraceful scenes

Disgraceful scenes marked a hurling match at Athenry on Sunday between Craughwell and Galway (Thomas Ashe).

After the referee putting several players off the field a sort of general melee ensued and a number of players were hurt. Fleming, Galway, was badly injured, and had to be attended by Dr. Quinlan, being struck, it is alleged, in the stomach with a hurley by one of the Craughwell team.

Call to recognise union

Loughrea Town Commissioners at their meeting on Monday adopted a resolution calling on the directors of Banks to avert the threatened serious disorganisation of the business of the country by agreeing to recognise the Irish Bank Officials’ Association.

The resolution continued: “We are confident that the recognition of an Association such as this composed of gentlemen known as us all cannot be hurtful to any banking institution, but would tend rather to promote the good feeling that ought to exist between employers and the employed.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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