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Galway in Days Gone By

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1913

Man arrested

On Saturday night last, or early on Sunday morning, a shooting outrage occurred at Hearnsbrook House, Killimore, the residence of Mr. George McPhail, an extensive land owner in the district and a large employer of labour.

It appears Mr McPhail heard shots that morning, and having called the butler, examined the place.

On Monday, it was visited by District-Inspector Harrison and Sergt. Hynes, who found the drawingroom window smashed, and the traces of gunshot on the wall inside.

The same evening, a young man named Killeen was arrested and remanded for days. It is alleged the outrage has nothing to do with agrarian troubles, as recently there were differences amongst the employees in the place.

R.I.C. more pay

A largely-attended meeting in furtherance of demanding more pay for the R.I.C. was held at Loughrea Barracks. Members of the force attended from all outlying stations, all ranks being represented.

Resolutions were proposed and adopted with a view to memoralising the Lord Lieutenant and bringing the grievances of the men under the notice of the Government.

The men were unanimous in affirming that nothing less than 1s. a day of an increase would remedy the existing grievance. The promoters hope that other counties and districts will take up the same attitude in this respect as Loughrea has done.

1938

Hospital Gala Day

Ballinasloe Asylum medical staff, with the cooperation of the attendants and nurses, provided an attractive gala day for the patients at the hospital grounds, when between 800 and 900 patients, male and female, were entertained by a programme of sports, races, music, and later in the evening, an enjoyable concert.

The attendants staff met teams in football and camogie from Mullingar Mental Hospital, and the Ballinasloe brass band and the boys’ town band turned out and played a programme of musical items throughout the day.

Water shortage

The shortage of a regular water supply to the new houses at Tubberjarlath, Tuam, is a cause of some complaint, and as the existing water pump and pressure is apparently insufficient to ensure a full supply of water to that part of the town, the question of getting an auxiliary pumping engine somewhere about Tobernamie is being considered. The cost of such an auxiliary scheme, will be about £5,000.

Fishing activity

Signs of renewed fishing activity are evident at Cleggan pier where now lie two large trawlers of the Bristol type, owned by the Western Ocean Fishing Company. Although weather conditions at the moment are not all that might be desired, Mr. V.R. King, representative of the company was most optimistic when interviewed by a “Connacht Tribune” reporter.

He is arranging to carry out experiments with a view to locating new fishing grounds off the West coast. In this connection, he expressed deep gratitude to many local people with knowledge from the coast who had given valuable information by which he hopes to profit considerably in his experiments.

Mr. King carried out some investigations in the Dublin fish market last week and found to his surprise that foreign dumped fish were sold out by some salesmen before any Irish fish were offered, this placing the latter fish at a disadvantage.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

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Angela O'Keefe, Chairwoman of Music for Galway, pictured with a £16,000 Steinway grand piano just after it was delivered to University College Galway, ahead of its assembly in the Aula Maxima. Music for Galway fundraised to buy the piano which had to be transported from London after its purchase.

1922

Tackling drink

The International Congress on Prohibition sitting in Brussels reports that the liquor problem is substantially the same everywhere. In Ireland at present alcoholism has for us a tragic interest.

At no period in Irish history has there been so great a consumption of alcoholic liquors. Prohibition, even if it were practicable, would not solve the problem. America has taught us that lesson.

Scarcely a week passes that the American hospital registers do not record the death from alcoholic poisoning on a scale unprecedented before the country went “dry”.

The drink problem will never be successfully tackled in Ireland until such time as the public cooperate with the authorities in a rigid enforcement of the licensing laws and the drunkard is regarded as a pariah in a respectable community.

In this connection the announcement made at the last Galway parish court that persons found guilty of illicit distillation will be sent to jail without the option of a fine will be welcomed.

This is a step in the right direction and should act as a deterrent to people at present engaged in a traffic which is slowly poisoning the lives, in the moral as well as the physical sense, of large numbers of our people in outlying portions of the country.

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