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The Eucharistic Procession arriving at Eyre Square on June 20, 1965.

1920

War deepens

A band hall at Maree, Oranmore, and a vacant house at Gurraun were burned down last Friday night. Details of a raid at the house of a farmer named Devaney, of Ballinacloughy, Maree, were given by his son Thomas, who with his brothers, Stephen and Pat, were admitted to the Galway County hospital on Monday suffering from gunshot wounds. Pat was discharged the same evening.

“It would be about 1.30 (old time) on Saturday morning last,” said Thomas, “when we heard knocking at the front and back doors, and a shout, ‘Get up’. My sisters, Norah and Anne, opened the door. They were going to get a light but the raiders stopped them. The raiders had a flash lamp. They went into the room to my father, and brought him down to the kitchen and made him put up his hands.

“They then came into the room where I and my three brothers, Stephen, Pat and Eddie, were in bed. They caught me by the shoulder and pulled me out first, and then they took Stephen and Pat out. They brought us out on the road and put the three of us down on our knees and told us to pray. They let us up and told us to pray again and they fired shots over our heads. Then we got the order to march and they made us walk about sixteen yards. They put the three of us in a line across the road. They then fired two gunshots at us from distance of sixteen yards. Stephen and I were hit in the legs.

“There were 84 pellets in one of my legs and 60 in the other. Pat got a pellet in the stomach, one in the chest, and one in the arm. After they had fired the two shots they told us to go into the house. We were hardly able to walk, and we told them we were shot. One of them said, ‘What about another round’? We went in the house and they went away.

Bidding for peace

We understand that Mr. Lloyd George was to have received the committee of the Irish Peace Conference in Downing Street yesterday (Thursday) and that certain proposals for the establishment of a truce and a subsequent settlement were to have been put to him.

The speeches of the Prime Minister in North Wales, which we report in this issue, do not seem to suggest that he is preparing the way for a settlement. Yet there can be no doubt that the vast majority of the English people desire peace with the sister isle, and Ireland for her part wants nothing so much to-day as tranquillity and ordered government.

In the face of these realities, the plain man can be forgiven if he fails to understand why a condition of things is permitted to continue in Ireland which is a disgrace to civilisation.

The explanation is to be found not in the conditions that exist so much as in the malignant policy that brought them about. Until that is reversed, we fear there is little hope of permanent peace or security.

Mr. Asquith has made a bold bid for tis reversal, but we cannot forget that when he was in power, he originated and gave official sanction to the mischievous policy of partisanship for North-East Ulster.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of A Tale of Two Cities in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road, in February1998 were Cathal Cunningham, Michael Roche and Richard Curtin.

1923

Education is key

This week or the beginning of next, Irish boys and girls return to school. On the work that they do there during the succeeding years will largely depend the future of Ireland, for as the plant is bent, so shall the tree become.

Judged by the present day standard of ethics and conduct, something has been sadly lacking in the spiritual and secular training of the past.

Recently, a controversy – if it could be dignified with the name – has been running in the correspondence columns of the “Tribune”, on the future of education. It seems a thousand pities, if, indeed, it is not a definite national drawback, that intelligent men like national school teachers cannot discuss a subject that is of vital interest to them and their country in temperate language, without getting lost in a miasma of irrelevant abuse.

Yet it must be frankly and sadly confessed that those who have entered into correspondence on the subject have added little to the discussion. The controversy was begun by a contributor, who had very definite views, with which we did not altogether agree, but if the points at issue had been adhered to, it might have served a very useful purpose.

Teaching journals are clamouring that the general public do not take any interest in education. If to take an interest in education is to bring a hornets’ nest to one’s ears, then surely the invitation is a little ungracious.

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