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Crowds gathered at Blackrock for An Tostál currach racing in 1955. In the currach are, from left: John Bhaibín Seoige, Máirtin Chólín Seoige and John William Seoige of Inis Bearacháin.

1920

Ardrahan’s agony

In the early hours of Sunday morning men who, it is alleged, described themselves as “Black and Tans”, committed much destruction in Ardrahan and the surrounding villages, ill-treated some of the inhabitants, and threw the people into a state of panic and terror.

The little village of Ardrahan had long been noted as one of the most peaceable and law-abiding in the county. The attack is supposed to have been in reprisal for the ambush on the preceding Thursday.

The following is a list of the principal places destroyed:

Pk. Joyces, Ardrahan, dwelling-house and furniture totally burned;

Ml. Burke, Ballinaguive, dwelling-house and belongings, totally burned;

John Higgins, Ardrahan, haggard burned;

St. Teresa’s Parochial Hall, Labane, burned to the ground. Only the walls remain.

It would appear that on Thursday last a party of five police was proceeding to Drumharsna Castle, for the purpose of protecting a man named MacKey, who for a number of years has been in charge of the property of Lord Ashtown.

The police are said to have opened fire upon the ambushing party, which thereupon fled, leaving two revolvers and a shot-gun after them. None of the patrol appears to have been wounded.

The events of Sunday morning may be summarised as follows: At about a quarter to one a.m. (new time) four motor lorries arrived at Ardrahan. Almost immediately the men, who were armed, some of them being disguised and wearing trench coats and soft hats, rushed at the licenced premises of Mrs. James Joyce, smashed in the door with a sledge, and rushed upstairs.

Accosting John Joyce, son of Mrs. Joyce, they pointed a revolver at him and threatened him. Mrs. Joyce and her two daughters came out of their rooms, and Mrs. Joyce asked the men what they wanted. Then, it is alleged, a voice from outside shouted: “That is not the house,” and the raiders retreated.

They thereupon went to the house of Patrick Joyce, a smith, who lived a couple of doors away, and asked for John Joyce (Patrick Joyce’s son). The father said he did not know where he was.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Orla McArdle, Leonie Ryan, Maeve Lohan, Sinéad Armstrong, Maria Lyons and Paul Ryan who were taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of 'Joseph' in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road on February 5, 1991.

1923

Training ex-soldiers

A meeting of the committee of Galway Technical Institute was held on Tuesday, Mr. Eraut presiding.

The secretary, Dr. Webb, stated that there was a deputation outside from the Galway Carpenters’ Society in reference to the offer made by the Ministry of Labour to the committee to have up to 100 ex-soldiers trained in the institute in various crafts from joinery to thatching houses and making tin cans.

The difficulty he foresaw in regard to the scheme was to train maimed ex-solders and for this the Ministry of Labour was willing to give the committee 15s. per head per week. It was a money-making scheme so far as that committee was concerned, and would result in bringing a good deal of money into the city, because there would also be certain allowances for the wives and dependents.

He estimated that it would mean something like £200 or £300 per week. It was a question for the committee whether they would provide these classes. He had inquired from an authoritative source whether the training of these men would be likely to interfere with the employment of the recognised carpenter, and he was informed in the negative.

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Taking part in the West of Ireland Bridge Congress at UCG in April 1983 were Phil Carey, Newcastle, Eileen Murphy, Taylor's Hill, Carmel Howard, Cross Street and Claire Burke, Salthill. This year’s Bridge Congress is taking place next week at the Ardilaun Hotel from February 3 to February 5.

1923

Islanders’ distress

A correspondent sends authentic particulars of distress prevailing in the Islands of Aran. There is extreme poverty in Inishmore, especially in Killeany; large numbers in the village are on the verge of starvation, kept alive by the charity of neighbours, with scarcely a healthy child amongst them.

The people own no land, notwithstanding that the Congested Districts Board has a large tract; they fish and labour when the former is profitable or practicable and when the work can be found. To-day they are without either.

Similar stories come from other island villages. Yet last October Mr. Blythe stated in the Dáil that £1,000 had been granted for the relief of distress on the islands. The money was placed at the disposal of the Galway Rural District Council, which refused to have anything to do with the scheme.

Accordingly, the grant was never made. It is alleged that the inhabitants of Inishmore have refused to pay rates, but islanders state in reply that rates were not collected for some two years, nor were demand notes issued. The whole position is so grave that it should be looked into without further delay, and we understand that all the circumstances have been referred to Deputy O’Connell for this purpose.

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Students Yvonne O’Byrne, Edel Comer, Janice Butler, Orla Casserley, Lisa Small, Sinéad Irvine, Emer Burke, Alva McManus and Ciara Hanley who took part in the Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, production of the musical 'My Fair Lady' at the Rosary Hall in January 1998.

1923

Narrow escape

A party of four men, who arrived in the village in a motor-car, engaged in a murderous attack on the barracks occupied by the unarmed Civic Guard at Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, about three a.m. on Wednesday.

Shots and bombs were fired through the windows, and some of the sleeping guards had narrow escapes from bullets, and subsequently had to dash through the petrol-inspired flames for safety.

The village is a peaceable one, and the Guards have recently been carrying out their work in it with quiet efficiency. During the recent warfare, there had been no disturbance in the neighbourhood.

The Guards retired as usual on Tuesday night, and about three a.m. on Wednesday morning they were awakened by the crash of rifles.

A moment later flames sprang up, and it was seen that the barracks had been sprinkled with petrol and fired. Bombs were first fired through the windows, then petrol was thrown in, and the place was set on fire.

The small body of four Guards found themselves compelled to seek shelter from the bullets, and then they had to make a dash to escape the flames that were springing up around them.

Sergeant Rodgers had an exceedingly narrow escape, a bullet grazing his head. Guard Grimes was sleeping beneath a window when it was broken and petrol thrown over his head.

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