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Pupils and teachers from Meelick Eyrecourt Clonfert National Schools on a visit to Dublin Zoo in 1955.

1916

The Rebellion

An official wireless despatch, London 29th April, and officially communicated to this office this morning says: From an official message published this morning, apparently the Irish Rebellion is practically crushed and disorganised by the resistance of His Majesty’s Forces, and is rapidly disappearing.

James Connolly, already known to the public in connection with labour troubles in Dublin, has, it is understood, been Chief of the Rebel force, and is reported to have been killed.

The aftermath

We may wisely withhold comment upon the revolutionary outbreaks in Dublin and elsewhere, the bitter dregs of which we are not left to drink, until the data is available for a more settled judgment.

Four ugly features of the affair, however, which every Catholic and Nationalist will deeply deplore, at once reveal themselves. (1) The Casement episode (2) The reference in the Proclamation to our gallant allies in Europe; (3) The Socialists and Communists element in Dublin which seemed to have in some measure controlled the uprising; (4) The dark hints at secret societies.

So far as the aims of the revolutionaries are revealed by the Proclamation issued, their intention appears to have been to set up in Dublin, upon the slender mandate of their own judgment, a Republican Government, and apparently to call in for this purpose the assistance of Germany.

In the circumstances we cannot refrain from the comment that, even if the scheme were feasible and practical, the cure of German intervention would have been much worse than the disease.

Galway Police

Sir, I doubt if the public generally realise how much it is indebted to the magnificent conduct of the Royal Irish Constabulary during this present crisis. The devotion to duty of this splendid body of men has been simply superb.

They have been under arms literally night and day since Easter Monday, not having an opportunity of taking off their clothes for the past six or seven days, and only matching an odd hour’s sleep when and where they could, still armed and ready for a call to duty at any moment. We can never repay them.

Their officers have displayed untiring zeal and energy in safeguarding our lives and property, showing the greatest pluck under fire, under most trying circumstances.

Those who have followed the situation carefully know full well that the daring and brilliant little raid on Carnmore (although we, unfortunately, lost one poor fellow there) was a masterpiece of strategy.

From that moment, I believe the Sinn Féiners were unnerved and the town was safe. Altogether, the city owes a deep debt of gratitude to the R.I.C., and I think this fact should be brought home to everybody.

Lewis A. Tolputt, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

1941

Conditions not so bleak

Mr. G. Bartley intervened in the debate in the Dáil on the rate for the Gaeltacht Services to correct some impressions which might have been created concerning in Connemara.

He said: “I did not intend to say anything on the estimate, but it is not easy to listen patiently to the position being painted as black as it possibly could be and much blacker than it really is.

“I am quite satisfied about one thing, that is, that the people in the Gaeltacht are certain that more has been done for them, not alone through this Department, which is very much handicapped as everybody knows, but in various other ways than was done for them previously.”

2,000 on the bogs

Mr. G. Lee, B.E., County Surveyor, told the Galway County Council finance committee on Saturday that he had 450 men working on thirty bogs in the county and that he expected to have close on 2,000 men working on fifty bogs before three weeks had passed.

Important Notice

In view of the fuel situation, it is essential that all domestic consumers, institutions, shops & offices reduce their electricity consumption by 25 per cent as from May 1st, 1941. Issued by the Electricity Supply Board.

May Fairs will be held

Once again the Tribune scores! In last week’s issue, our Dublin Correspondent announced that the ban on the holding of fairs in County Galway might be removed in a week. Today, we are happy to announce that his prediction has been realised.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children examine the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale, beached in Loughaunrone near Oranmore in September 1997. The whale was later burned on the beach as Council engineers were concerned about the danger of seepage if the giant mammal was buried.

1922

Connemara raids

The Publicity Department, Railway Hotel, Galway, issues the following: – Mr. Richard O’Toole, Lettermore, Connemara, has been forced to leave his home as a result of a raid made upon it by irregulars and subsequent threats.

A few nights ago, a party of men came to Mr. O’Toole’s home and demanded his motor bicycle. He refused to give it. The leader of the raiders, tapping his gun, said: “Do you see this?”

“Shoot away,” was Mr. O’Toole’s reply, and the raiders are then said to have gone to the garage to look for the machine. He managed, however, to get the machine, and to make his way to Galway. The men threatened that they would return to his house on the succeeding night and take him.

He was obliged to leave some men to mind his mother, who is very nervous, and falls into a faint when a raid takes place.

The house of Mr. Cloherty at Roundstone was also visited and about £40 worth of stuff taken. Mr. Cloherty is the father of Mr. J. J. Cloherty, a well-known County Councillor, and is a strong supporter of the Treaty.

A shop in Kilkerrin was also raided, and a considerable quantity of goods taken.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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1922

The third Dáil

The first meeting of the third Dáil held on Saturday morning last at Leinster House, Kildare-street, the premises of the Royal Dublin Society, recalled for a few minutes some of the stormy scenes at Westminster when Irish affairs were being discussed.

On Saturday, as then, Mr Laurence Ginnell was the central figure. He is apparently always cast for the role of obstructionist in politics, and on Saturday he made full use of his opportunity, with the result that, as at Westminster, he was carried form his seat by three stalwart attendants and expelled from the Assembly.

The Dáil met in the theatre of the house, a semi-circular room with seats rising tier upon tier from an open space in the centre. At the back of the last row of seats there is a promenade, and for some time before the Dáil was due to open, Mr. Ginnell, black band in hand and slouch, hat on head, marched round and round, speaking to no one, but apparently, like an arch conspirator, deep in thought.

Probably he felt lonely, for he was the only one of the anti-treaty members elected to the Dáil who put in an appearance. Miss MacSwiney and the rest, who were known to be in Dublin, have presumably decided to observe a policy of abstention.

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1922

New chief

General Richard Mulcahy, the successor of the General Michael Collins as Commander-in-Chief of the National Army, was quite unknown to the Irish people until the Insurrection of Easter, 1916, and not very prominent until considerably later than that historic and eventful episode.

He is a native of Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford, where his father was a postmaster for several years, and he himself was engaged in the postal engineering service in addition to pursuing his studies in the National University as a student of medicine.

He fought with the Fingal Volunteers under Thomas Ashe, and with the late Frank Lawless, T.D., in the battle of Ashbourne on Friday, April 28, 1916. The details of that engagement have often been told. The Volunteers armed with shotguns and rifles, mostly captured from the R.I.C. at Swords and Donabate, attacked the police barracks at the Cross of the Rath.

The battle began at 11.25 a.m. The attackers numbered thirty-five. After half an hour, the police in the barracks were about to surrender when eighteen cars, containing reinforcements, dashed along the Slane Road. A fierce fight ensued. Lawless, with a few more Volunteers, arrived later with two can bombs – “a contribution,” wrote Mulcahy in a most vivid and graphic description of the battle, “from those who had been driven from Phibsboro Bridge.”

That was all the additional help Ashe received. The engagement lasted over three hours more, but though less than forty against a hundred R.I.C., they gained a complete victory. The constabulary were heavily punished, and the survivors put up their hands and surrendered.

At the end of the Insurrection Mulcahy was rounded up and brought to Richmond barracks, Dublin, and on May 3, with 307 other prisoners, he was marched through Dublin and sent over the water to Knutsford prison. He was released at the general amnesty which followed.

When the Volunteers were reorganised, largely in the jails and detention camps, and the Irish war projected, Richard Mulcahy was appointed Chief of Staff, with Michael Collins Chief of the Intelligence Department.

The two of them were the most important men in the great struggle, the life and soul of Ireland’s forces, the originators of some of the most audacious and successful military coups, the supervisors of the chief operations, and the men most sought for by the agents of the British Government and army.

It is very doubtful if, indeed, Mulcahy was not as greatly dreaded and as eagerly hunted for as his departed and devoted comrade in arms. He was quite as successful in eluding the sleuth of hounds as Collins himself, and he had as frequent and as narrow escapes from capture.

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