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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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Teatime on the Morrissey Farm in Clonshee, Ahascragh in June 1951. Pictured beside the mowing machine and horses Charlie and Bly is John Morrissey with six of his 12 children, Joseph, Seán, Eileen, Michael, Annie and Willie.

1921

Growing neglect

The meeting of the County Galway National Teachers’ Association merits the attention of a considerably wider body than that which may be said to have a professional interest in education.

These meetings, which are held primarily for purposes of organisation, have an absorbing interest and a vital concern for all who desire the future well-being of our young people.

Whilst conditions of employment must naturally be an important concern for primary teachers, Saturday’s meeting revealed the fact that their minds are exercised by the deplorable and growing neglect of primary education.

The statement of the outgoing chairman that out of seven hundred thousand school-going children, there are two hundred thousand absentees from the national schools every day; this compels immediate attention and demands effective action on the part of all whose duty it is to enforce attendance at school.

That means that nearly one-third of the pupils are absent from school daily. There could be no graver reflection on the parent, the public bodies and their school attendance committees and the spiritual directors than that thirty out of every one hundred pupils are absent from the schools every day.

“Do the people,” as the chairman asked, “realise the havoc such a state of things works amongst us as a nation? Is it any wonder that so many of our countrymen and countrywomen are condemned to a life of drudgery, bordering upon a condition of slavery, at home and abroad.”

In recent years we have heard much of the attractiveness of school programmes, but the obvious inference from this lamentable disclosure would appear to be that children dislike that “dry drudgery at the desk’s dead wood,” or that they are neither encouraged nor compelled by their parents or guides to thread the path of learning.

Whatever the cause, the fact is a national scandal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

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Graham and Concepta Keane, both of Clarinbridge, as "Me and my Little Dutch Ladey". photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

1921

Connemara shootout

Constable Pearson, R.I.C., Maam, Connemara, was shot through the right lung and liver during an ambush at Screebe at four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon.

He was one of a cycling party of six policemen who left Maam at one p.m. for the purpose of serving jurors’ notices and distributing old age pension money in the Rossmuck district.

On their return the sergeant and Constable Feeley were cycling in front, and the four other constables some distance behind. As they approached the little church at Screebe, shots rang out from the thicket.

The sergeant immediately rolled off his bicycle and rolled towards the ditch in the roadside for cover. He was followed immediately by Constable Feeley. Both policemen found themselves in the hands of the ambushers, who secured their revolvers and about twenty-five pounds in money which the sergeant carried.

Almost at the same moment, the four policemen who followed at a distance of 150 yards dismounted, and opened fire with their rifles. Shots were fired in return and Constable Pearson fell wounded.

The four policemen, including the wounded constable, made their way back to Screebe Lodge, nearby – where, it will be recalled, Lady Dudley was drowned last summer – taking with them their bicycles and arms.

The sergeant and Constable Feeley were later released uninjured. Constable Pearson was attended to by Dr. Kennedy O’Brien, Oughterard, and subsequently Surgeon Ml. O’Malley, Galway, was brought to the scene. He found that the bullet had gone right through the injured man’s lung and liver, and passed out at the back. He entertains hopes of recovery.

Reprisals

Following the ambush there was considerable activity of Crown Forces. Five houses in the district are reported to have been burned.

These include a house at the back of the thicket where the ambush took place, and the co-operative store at Camus, about a mile distant. An unconfirmed report states that the house in which Mr. Pádraic Pearse formerly resided at Turlough, and that of Mr. Conroy, National Teacher, have also been destroyed by fire. The district is barren and impoverished, consisting mostly of rocks and fishing lakes, and the thicket at Screebe is practically the only area of woodland in the neighbourhood.

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Relaxing in the sunshine at Eyre Square on July 20, 1982.

1921

Mail car robbery

The Carraroe mail-car was held up at Kingston, Galway, at 4.30 a.m. yesterday (Thursday), and £300 in old age pension money was taken. The mail-car leaves Galway daily at 4 a.m. and takes the coast route via Spiddal and Inverin to Carraroe.

The driver had only proceeded beyond the cross-roads on the top of Taylor’s Hill when he was approached by a masked man wearing a fawn coat, and carrying a revolver, who told him to leave the car as he wanted to search the mails.

The driver was called back in half-an-hour, and told to proceed on his journey, but he found that all the old age pension money which he carried was missing.

The driver was interviewed last evening upon his return from Carraroe. He is in the employment of Mr. Patrick Irwin, of Eyre-street, who holds the contract for the conveyance of mails.

The driver’s story bears out the version given above. He added that the raider was of middle height, wore a soft hat and a rain coat, and carried something in his hand that appeared to be a revolver.

He emerged from the high wall within a few hundred yards from Kingston gate, ordered the driver to halt, and throw the mail bags on the road, as he wanted to examine them.

The driver did so, and proceeded a short distance. After fifteen or twenty minutes he was ordered to return. When he did so, the raider disappeared.

The driver took the mail bags into the car and returned to Galway, where the robbery was reported. He then proceeded to Carraroe.

Tragedy of an emigrant

We regret to announce the death of Miss Maggie Feeney, of Cappa, Barna, which occurred from pneumonia on Long Island, on her way to the United States.

Miss Feeney, with a number of other emigrants from the Barna district, left Galway some weeks ago. On the way over she, with a number of others, contracted pneumonia.

They entered a hospital at Long Island, where Miss Feeney quickly succumbed. Fortunately, the others are now on the way to complete recover.

There is no more tragic chapter in the history of these days than the steadily-rising stream of emigrants.

A Queenstown correspondent notes that amongst the thousands who left that port during the past fortnight, the great bulk of the young emigrants came from the West.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stephen Corrigan

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Paying the 'eggs women' as they were referred to in the Connacht Tribune at the time, women are seen here queing up at the Galway Market on June 17, 1972.

1921

Back to bad old days

Emigration form Ireland to other lands during the present month has been considerably in excess of last month’s record was up to the level of the old bad years. So far, the emigration this year is three times that of last year.

The “Freeman” asserts that one district alone is reported this month to have sent one-third of the numbers that left the entire country during the month of February. Over 75,000 emigrants left Great Britain last year, but 15,000 left Ireland during the same period; so that with one-tenth of the population we sent abroad one fourth of the number.

Pride in the “greater Ireland beyond the seas” will not solace a wasted land for this terrible drain of its very life-blood. And we have the appalling fact that in the warfare now being waged 160 people were killed in Ireland during the present year, three months of which have not yet run.

During the past week alone thirty civilians and thirty-two members of the Crown Forces were reported killed in Ireland. The Archbishop of Tuam has demanded that the stronger Power should take the initiative in making an offer of peace – an offer that will stand some chance of being accepted and that would end this criminal wastage of an ancient nation.

Peace is out greatest need to-day. If English Statesmen are wise they will, in their own interest, recognise the fact before it is too late. The Archbishop, who has worked unceasingly for peace, has put forward a demand to which a magnanimous power that really desired to end the conditions in Ireland would respond without delay.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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