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Galway in Days Gone By

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The organising committee of the St. Joseph's College, Carna P.P.U. dinner in the Great Southern Hotel, Galway in January 1969, were (seated, from left): Aileen Geoghegan (secretary), Bairbre Ní Ghaora, Bríd Ní Ghaora, Máire Bean Ní Ghaora (Patron), Gabrielle Nic Fhlannchadha (Treasurer). Standing: Padraig Mac Oireachtaigh, Rev. Sister Pius, Sean Ó Ceoinn (chairman), Michael Mac Oireachtaigh and Martias De Burca.

Conscription protest

At the meeting of the Galway Urban Council on Thursday, a resolution was proposed by Mr. Silke protesting against the application of the Man-Power Bill to Ireland.

Mr. Silke said as that was their first meeting since the Government attempted to enforce conscription they should enter their strongest protest against the application of the Bill.

Ireland had contributed more than her proportion of food and men in the war up to present. That seemed to be all forgotten, and the Government had decided, it appeared, to enforce conscription in a way not attempted or carried out in any country,

“I think it is up to every Irishman worth his salt, no matter how he may differ with his fellow countryman, to stand shoulder to shoulder and protest against this treatment of Ireland by the British Government,” said Mr. Silke.

Mr. J. Griffin, seconding, said there was no country in the world which gave more to the Army and Navy that Ireland, and Galway had given so largely there were no further available.

Jail for demonstration

At a Crimes Court in Galway on Monday, before Messrs. Jasper Whyte and J.B.K. Hill, R.M.’s, Lawrence Lardner, Athenry, was charged with illegal drilling on March 16 and 17.

Asked if he had any questions to put to Head-Constable Sweeney, accused said he had not, that he was a soldier of the Irish Republic, and denied the right of the Court to try him.

The Bench, after consultation, ordered accused to be imprisoned for two months with hard labour, in Galway jail for each offence, the sentences to run concurrently, and to find bail at the end of that period or in default, three months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

1943

Attack on house

Martin Flaherty, Derrartha, Carraroe, and his brother. William, were each sentenced to a month’s imprisonment with hard labour when charged with maliciously damaging the dwellinghouse of Mrs. Nora Flaherty, Derrartha, on December 28th, 1942. Another brother named Patrick was bound to the peace on a similar charge. Notice of appeal was given by Mr. M. Conroy, defending solicitor.

Mrs. Nora Flaherty said that, after she had brought her children into the house and closed the door against the Flahertys, who had been attacking them, the Flahertys attacked the house with stones and broke all the windows and some Delph which was on the kitchen table.

She denied that she had called Martin Flaherty a rope-stealer or that she had accused him of murdering a man named Pat Keane.

Price fixing

Mr. Lemass announced in the Dáil on Thursday that he was taking steps to institute a system of price control covering a wide range of all types of clothing. There was a tendency in certain quarters, he said, for prices of children’s and other clothing to rise.

Bawneen cloth, which could have been bought in Galway, Kerry or Cork recently at 4s. 6d. a yard, was retailing in Dublin at 16s. 6d., and sports jackets made from it were sold at four guineas and six guineas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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The construction of a new wheelchair-friendly footbridge by Galway Corporation over the Friar’s River Canal at Newtownsmith on October 20, 1998. It replaced the old temporary bridge that had become dangerous and could not take wheelchairs.

1922

Posting poor returns

Postal rates and telephone charges in Ireland are at the moment probably as high as they are in any country in the world, higher than they are in most.

The penny post has been restored in Great Britain, following the wage cut, which was introduced without any stoppage in the public service.

And the postal facilities in Ireland at the moment are probably worse than in any civilised state in the world. This is not altogether the fault of those who control the post office.

But, while much of this is due to conditions over which postal officials can have no control, a very considerable percentage of it is due to a badly run post office.

There is something very rotten in a service that loses a million a year, and yet gives the public only very indifferent results; for not merely are the Irish people paying abnormal postal and telegraph rates, but they are paying for the deficit in the form of taxation, so that their letters cost them much more than twopence.

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.

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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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