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The Children's Book Fair in St Patrick’s Primary School Hall, Lombard Street, in the 1970s.

1921

Demanding better

There is a general demand all along the system of the Midland Great Western Railway Company for a better service of trains. We sincerely hope the directors will do more to meet that demand than the alteration in the time of departure of the afternoon mail train from Galway which came into operation on Monday last.

Whilst that alteration was welcome in that it revealed a desire to meet public criticism, it does little or nothing to remove the grievances that bear so heavily upon the travelling public.

The main line from Galway to Broadstone is still two trains short per day. In the circumstances of time, it may not be feasible to restore immediately the pre-war train service; but steps should be taken in the public interest to put on one additional passenger train at the earliest moment, and to enable western businessmen to clear their evening posts. It would be nothing short of a public scandal if a public carrying and transport company were to take advantage of the conditions of the time to enter upon a policy of reaction, and to deprive the people of amenities that they had hitherto freely enjoyed.

The argument that the amount of custom drawn from the western counties does not justify a full service of trains must have applied before the war as well as to-day.

Death toll rises

Tragedy, grim and terrible, followed swiftly upon the heels of the Headford ambush. In addition to the shooting of Thomas Collins of Keelkill, which occurred on Tuesday, the 18 inst., the day of the ambush, three men in the districts surrounding Headford were shot dead on Saturday last.

An official telegram reached Dublin Castle on Sunday stating that on Satruday, three men named Michael Hoade, Caherlistrane; John Kirwan, Ballinastack; and William Walsh, of headford, were shot dead while attempting to evade arrest.

Writing on Sunday, our North Galway correspondent have harrowing details of the events of Saturday. In many districts around Tuam (he stated) scenes of awful terrorism broke out on Saturday morning. Several lorries full of armed men went through the country, and people going to Tuam market had to endure the ordeal of indiscriminate rifle firing over their heads.

Details of the shocking occurrences to hand are meagre, but the following tragic happenings are reported:

William Walsh, Clydagh, Headford, was taken out from his breakfast table and found shot dead.

Michl. Hoade, shopkeeper, Caherlistrane, who was also shot dead, resided with a sister, who ran upstairs on seeing the armed party going to the house. Her brother was taken out and brought back a corpse.

Jim Kirwan (26), Ballinastack, was unloading a cart of manure when an armed party went to his house. It is alleged that they ill-treated another brother inside the house and asked the father where is other son was. He told them he was outside in the field.

The armed men went out, and Kirwan was fired at and mortally wounded. Poor Kirwan died shortly afterwards. The horse was also killed. The party went back into the house and told the father his son was shot outside.

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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