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Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald and John Wayne during filming of a scene for the Quiet Man in Cong in 1951.

1920

A mother’s screams

Mr. Ml. Walsh, of Moycullen, in a statement to the Press thus describes recent events in the district:

“On Monday week shooting and terrorism prevailed in Moycullen. My mother’s house, situated a short distance from the village, was surrounded by a lorry of mixed forces, who began operations by letting the pigs out of the sty and wounding some fowl in the yard.

They killed four geese and took away two. Some entered the house and made a thorough search, smashing and tumbling everything about.

When they left, jewellery was missed. They terrified my mother, and forced my sister into the fields at the point of the rifle and revolver to bring in her brothers. We were soon discovered in an adjoining field, brought down to the public road and threatened to be shot. We were next lined up against the wall. Shots whizzed past us. Ash plants were unsparingly used on our hands and shoulders. We were afterwards beaten with rifle butts.

Timothy was wounded on the jaw. Were it not for my mother who was present and continually screaming, our condition would be worse. At one time we would have been imprisoned for beating a donkey as ourselves were beaten on this occasion.”

Many men in the Moycullen district are in a serious condition as a result of the day’s occurences. The ostensible reason for the terrorism was to secure information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. P. W. Joyce, N.T.

Patrick Kelly, Loughwell, who received a merciless mauling, is in a precarious condition. He has been anointed. Other victims include P. Toole, M. Conor and George Coyne, two of whom were stripped to be flogged.

Prosperity and progress

At the first annual general meeting of the Drumgriffin Milling Company known as Messrs. Harward Wade Son and Co., Ltd., on Monday, the managing director read the director’s report and statement of accounts up to March 31, 1920, which was considered highly satisfactory by the shareholders present.

It was very gratifying to find, considering that the mill had been only some seven months working, and that the initial expenses were necessarily heavy, that a nice profit had been realised. The managing director was complimented on the encouraging success of the undertaking which, all agreed, was mainly due to his untiring energy in various capacities.

It was unanimously decided to carry the profits of the first year to the next account. The retiring directors and auditors were re-elected for the ensuing year; and a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Rev. P. Nicholson, C.C., Belarra (Chairman) and Rev. Bro. Brendan, O.S.F., Errew.

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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