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Raymond McDonagh and brothers Bartley and Padraig Flaherty from Inishmakenna, An Cheathru Rua, were the winning crew of the currach races at An Tostal when it was held in Salthill in 1955 and 1959. Padraig (left), Raymond (centre) and Bartley are pictured after winning the event on May 22, 1955.

1916

Police barracks stoned

An occurrence which would have created much surprise, and, in the circumstances, not a little indignation, had it leaked out – which strangely enough, it doesn’t seem to have – took place last Tuesday night fortnight at a place within three miles of the City of Galway.

At midnight, or towards the small hours of the morning, a large force of men, numbering, it is understood, between 20 and 30, or more, marched on the Killeen police barracks and delivered a furious assault on it with stones.

Almost all the windows were broken, but otherwise no dmage was done, and the occupants sustained no injuries. Fire arms were not used, and it appears that after a swift assault, the assailants withdrew precipitately. No arrests have been made.

Almost all the interned suspects from that part of the county have been released, and no innuendo is laid against them in this respect, but it must be obvious that this meaningless behaviour is not conducive to the release of other men from the country, or, indeed, from the West generally, who are still detained. It is, of course, an admitted hardship and a cruelty that the fair name of the county, which is peaceful and law-abiding, should again be besmirched by the thoughtless conduct of a small clique of uneducated and gander-headed youths, who represent nobody but themselves.

1941

Butchers black list

With a view to removing suspicion from those butchers who killed only good quality stock, Galway Corporation decided on Thursday that the names of the owners of meat unfit for human consumption seized at the abattoir should be supplied in future.

Cattle ships failure

Failure has attended Galway Harbour Board’s effort to get a share of the cattle exports for their port. The resolution sent by the Board to the Taoiseach had elicited a statement from his Department to the effect that it is a matter for the British authorities to decide, and that it is unlikely that they would agree to accept cattle shipped from Galway.

All-Ireland calling

The Galway team to line out against Kerry at 3.30pm on Sunday at Croke Park in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final has only one change compared with the team that represented the county in the Connacht Final.

The return of D. Sullivan – who was off from the provincial final team owing to illness – was expected. The position now is that Galway has four changes compared with last year’s team – P. McDonagh (Tuam) replacing M Connaire; P. McDonagh (Rosaveal), Kavanagh and Hanniffy replacing Nestor, Higgins and Flavin. Kerry has no change in personnel but there have been some changes in disposition at centre field and in attack.

The Kerry changes in attack are regarded as a strengthening of this division, but with the experience gained in Championship and League games against Kerry, the Galway defenders should be able to counter the Kerry moves.

The Galway line-out: J. McGauren; M. Raftery; P. McDonagh; D. Sullivan; F. Cunniffe; R. Beggs; J. Duggan; C. Connolly, D. Kavanagh; W. Hanniffy; J. Duane; J. Canavan; E. Mulholland; P. McDonagh; J. Burke.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Looking into the future at Ballinasloe Fair in the early 1990s.

1922

Ballinasloe Show

Ballinasloe District Agricultural Show, held on Monday last, was a splendid success. Favoured by ideal weather, the attendance was a record one. Despite expectations to the contrary, the number of exhibits in every department was well up to the average, and in the cattle and sheep sections the number of entrants was nearly double that of any show held within the past few years, while the all-round quality of the exhibits showed a marked improvement and surpassed anything previously exhibited at the show.

Were it not for the postal strike, the exhibits would have been largely augmented, but taking everything into consideration, the show was indeed a very creditable one. In the horse section, the exhibits were remarkably good, and the judges had a very trying time in arriving at decisions. This can also be said of the cattle section, where the entrants were numerous and the quality particularly good.

Worthy of special note were the vegetables, the quality, despite the unfavourable season, being extra good – some of the exhibits being as good as any seen at the Dublin Show.

Not only was the arrangement good, but in the opinion of the judges, the quality was extremely good. The exhibits of fruit, though not plentiful, were very creditable to the exhibitors.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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1922

Scabs warning

An exciting incident in connection with the postal strike occurred at Mary-st., Galway, at four o’clock last Saturday afternoon.

An official of the Galway Electric Lighting Company, Ltd., accompanied by another official, had gone to the central post office at Eglinton-street to collect the letters of the company. Shortly after he had left, it was alleged that he had taken other letters for delivery in Mary-street on his way back to the works.

The strike picket immediately gave chase, and an exciting scene, which was witnessed by a number of people in the street, followed.

The officials of the company were chased into the licensed premises of Mr. J. S. Young, but it could not be found that they had delivered any letters.

“We did not see them delivering any letters,” said one of the strikers. “Anyhow, an undertaking has been signed now not to attempt to deliver any to other people.”

A few national soldiers in uniform were standing at the Eglinton-street end of Mary-street during the incident. Four lady members of the staff at the Galway central office returned to work on Saturday and were understood to be engaged upon sorting of letters recently delivered by road.

It is stated that letters are also being posted at the central boxes. Meanwhile the picket remains almost continuously “on duty” outside the office, in front of which two boards have been place, one stating, “Don’t take letters from scabs”; and another “Restricted Services – Four do the work of forty-two”.

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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.

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