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Galway in Days Gone By

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Winner of the City Girl Win-A-Car Competition, Miss Kathleen O'Reilly, Corrandrum, Cummer, being presented with the keys by Mr. P.J. Conlon, Managing Director, G.T.M. Traders Ltd and City Girl, Galway. Also in the picture is Mr. Sean Ashe, Sales Manager, Western Motors Ltd., Galway.

1918

Mysterious visitor

The Co. Clare police have arrested a man who entered Crabbe Island, in a sheltered inlet of Galway Bay, near Doolin, in a collapsible board, and who declared that he had escaped from an American ship that had been sunk by a German submarine.

It appears that the ship mentioned was not sunk, and the mysterious visitant of this lonely coasts, which is well within the bay, being unable to give a satisfactory account of his presence, was conveyed by the naval authorities to Scotland Yard.

He wore the clothes of an ordinary civilian, with a frieze coat. The collapsible boat is not of the ordinary type, but has cork stays, and can be rolled up into a small parcel. The man when arrested gave his name as James O’Brien, Baltimore, U.S.A. He was taken to Dublin on the way to London.

Ye olde clock

All things come to an end. The old clock, which was originally purchased in the year 1832 – five years before Queen Victoria ascended the throne – and which has hung in the Boardroom of the Galway Workhouse “time out of mind” as Shakespeare says, is to be superannuated.

It appeared in its old place for the last time last Wednesday. When the members entered they were surprised to see it flanked by two new time pieces, both going and accurately indicating the passage of time. Later in the proceedings, the Clerk explained that the clock had been sent to Messrs. Dillon for repairs. It cost 5s. 6d and the jeweller reported that the works were “. . . worn out with eating time.”

1943

Nails in turf

Sods of turf studded with nails were exhibited in Clifden Court on Wednesday last, before District Justice MacGiollarnath when Michael Coyne, Letternoosh, was charged with the larceny of turf from James Coyne, Glenbrichee.

James Coyne said that on the instructions of the Gardaí he had put nails into thirty sods of turf which he pinned on the face of the stack. On January 26th, some of the sods were missing. He later identified them when shown to him by the Gardaí.

Garda N. Thornton said he found the sods produced in court in a room in defendant’s house.

Michael Coyne (defendant), in evidence, said that he took the turf produced off a right-of-way running through his own land. He did so as a protest against James Coyne’s practices of dumping turf in the right-of-way. He was fined 1s. and ordered to pay £2 compensation.

After hours

William Heaney, New Docks, was fined £3 for an offence on March 17th at 11.15p.m. Guard Murphy and Guard Fox gave evidence of finding seven men on the premises at the hour named.

Mr. R.G. Emerson, Galway, who appeared for Heaney, said that only one of the men found on the premises came in with the intention of getting a drink and he was the only one who had any drink.

All the other men were there on business, one of them being a friend of the publican who helped him in his work from time to time. The Justice fined six of the men found on the premises 5s. each.

Fire Brigade call-boy

An order has been made by the County Manager that a call-boy be employed to summon firemen when required. Firemen who turn up late to remain at Fire Station and Officer in charge at fire to summon them or dismiss them as needed, using the call-boy for this purpose.

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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