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Galway in Days Gone By

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The crew of the Aran Lifeboat pictured in London in May 1939, where they were presented with medals and vellums by the Duke of Kent to mark the Lifeboat Institution's appreciation for their heroism when they rescued the crew of the trawler Nogi, off the Aran Islands.

1918

Attempted murder

At Ballinasloe Petty Sessions on Saturday, Michael Colohan was charged with the attempted murder of Miss Mary Colohan at Dunlo Street on April 4 last, by cutting her face and neck.

Miss Colohan, the injured girl, deposed she remembered the day in question, and was in the shop when Colohan came in, at 3.45.

She was alone inside the counter, and he was outside at the lower end. Accused asked for a half-glass of whiskey, which she was proceeding to get, and had just taken down the bottle off the shelf.

Mr. Lea, D.I.: What happened then?

Witness: He (Colohan) drew something like a razor across my face.

Mr. Lea: Did he say anything at the time he did this?

Witness: He said that that would be the last half-glass of whiskey ever I would fill.

Mr. Lea: What did you do then?

Witness: I screamed and shouted as loud as I could, and then Mr. Murray came into the shop. I was afterwards attended by Dr. Collins, and was subsequently placed under Dr. Rossiter’s care in the hospital and was discharged last Monday.

Mr. Wade (R.M.): Had you any previous quarrel with this man?

Witness: No.

Dr. T. Tennison Collins deposed that Miss Colohan was sitting in the kitchen bleeding profusely from a wound about seven inches long and extending from the right side of the chin to a point about two inches below the left ear.

There was an artery also cut at the left side of the neck and he put in eight silver stitches and dressed the wounds. Her life was in danger for some time, and he had her removed to hospital. Mr. Wade said the charge was a very serious one altogether and he would refuse bail. The accused was returned for trial to Galway Assizes.

1943

Buses stopped

For the first time in a quarter of a century, the city of Galway is without a passenger omnibus service in consequence of the shortage of petrol. The service may be restored if this country receives a supply of petrol which is expected to arrive in a fortnight’s time. Should the supply fail to arrive, a situation of great gravity will arise so far as transport is concerned. In the meantime, efforts by the Mayor and the Chamber of Commerce to secure even a minimum omnibus service for the city by a slight readjustment of some long-distance services have failed to achieve the desired result. A possible solution of the difficulty would be the employment of one or two diesel-engined double-decker omnibuses such as are still operating in Cork and Limerick. The Galway traders consider it most unfair that Galway should be victimised by the complete stoppage of the ‘bus services. They consider that they have been very shabbily treated and express strong resentment.

House fire

A house, the property of Mr. Joseph S. Young, Galway, situated at Sickeen, was considerably damaged by fire on Sunday night. Galway Fire Brigade fought the flames with two lines of hose for some hours before the fire was brought under control. It is believed that the fire originated when embers were blown from a grate onto the floor by a down-draft in a chimney.

Butter shortage

It was stated at a meeting of Galway Chamber of Commerce on Monday night that while butter retailers in Dublin were receiving eight ounces of butter per week for each of their customers, retailers in Galway were receiving only two ounces.

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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