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Galway in Days Gone By

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A mill wheel being dismantled and a site being cleared for the building of a new St Joseph's College (The Bish) Secondary School at Nun's Isalnd , Galway in June 1967. The site abuts onto one of Galway's old waterways.

1916

Thrilling escape

Galway seems to be acquiring a reputation for motor smashes. On Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock in Salthill, Mr. John O’Connor, Mountbellew, crashed into a 10-year-old young lady named Anne Kilroy, of Ballygar. It appears that Mr. O’Connor was motoring towards the city.

In front of the Ballinasloe House he observed that a tram car was pulled up, and simultaneously he noticed that a motor was coming in the opposite direction going to Salthill. In order to avoid this double accident, he shot the passage between the tram track and the Ballinasloe House.

At the very moment that he was manoeuvring this extrication, Miss Kilroy, unfortunately, debouched from Beach Avenue in time to be caught by the car. She was dragged for some distance along the ground, and the heels of her shoes were actually wrenched off.

She, furthermore, sustained injuries to the head, which was stitched at St. Bride’s Private hospital, Sea-road, by Dr. Sandys. She is at present detained there.

On Wednesday afternoon, a rumour gained currency that she had succumbed to the shock, but inquiries elicited that the report was groundless.

She is progressing favourably under the skilled and sympathetic treatment of the efficient nursing staff, who are fast adding to the reputation of this institution.

1941

Eyre Square turf dump

A dump of about five thousand tons of turf which, Mr. G. Lee, B.E., Co. Surveyor, told Galway Corporation would make Eyre Square Park “cosy and snug” rather than spoil its beauty, is to be built on the level lawn between the flower dais and the railing opposite the Great Southern Hotel. The turf is to be held as a reserve for the citizens in case transport should break down completely.

Plea to E.S.B.

The position of the tenants of Corporation homes which were not connected with the E.S.B. mains was referred to at a meeting of the Galway Corporation by Ald. Miss Ashe. She held that in view of the fact that these people were unable to get candles or paraffin oil, the E.S.B. should be approached with a view to seeing if it would connect up these houses on the tenants agreeing to pay the cost by instalments, if not in a lump sum.

A number of houses in the Claddagh were not electrically lighted and the people were hard-hit by reason of the fact that they could not get any other means of illumination.

Ghouls in business

Nearly a year ago we urged that the Government should take prompt and effective steps to combat profiteering. Measures have been taken by the Executive Council, but they are not proving effective.

In some cases, customers who are rich enough actually connive at the extortion, cheerfully paying more than the ordinary man can afford in order to obtain extra supplies.

Where the Government has ordained fixed prices for commodities, drastic action must be taken against all offenders. Fines are virtually worthless as a check upon this modern form of piracy – the offenders can pay such small sums as are imposed and still have a handsome profit left. Nothing will discourage the profiteer so quickly as imprisonment.

Galway Gala star

For their ninth annual gala, held at the New Pier, Dun Aengus Dock, Galway, on Sunday last, the Blackrock Swimming Club hit upon an entirely new idea. They availed themselves of the occasion to stage a “Learn-to-swim Drive” and the bright particular “star” of the city’s proceedings was a non-swimmer, nine-year-old Judy Conroy, the youngest member of the club.

Plucky little Judy was taken into the water – which was about thirty feet deep at the time with the tide coming in rapidly – by Club Captain Harry Flattery and calmly demonstrated the different positions in which a non-swimmer can keep afloat.

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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Thatching one of the houses on Shantalla Road, just up from Cooke's Corner, in the 1970s.

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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Bridge Mills Ltd building in Galway City in the 1970s.

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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