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Galway in Days Gone By

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A stolen van being recovered from the River Corrib in January 1969. The van, owned by Mr. John Molloy, Mervue, was raised from the river bed under the directions of Mr. George Ryder, Greenfields, a member of the Galway Sub-Aqua Club.

1918

Threat to kill

A savage assault was committed at Montiagh, Galway, on Monday, in which a man named John Rooney, a resident in the locality, was brutally attacked and maimed with a razor. It appears that on that morning Rooney left his house to accompany his brother, who had been out discharging his duties as water bailiff on Lough Corrib.  Meanwhile, the latter had come into contact with two poaches named John Moran and Patk. Duggan, and when he arrived Duggan, it is alleged, pulled out a razor with which he inflicted a terrible wound on John Rooney’s head, threatening to kill him.

The affray developed apparently into a terrible struggle between the brothers and the poachers. Some friends of the latter rushed to the scene and joined in the fracas. John Rooney was held by them, while, it is stated, Duggan terribly scarred him in the head and arms with the razor. It is feared that some of the wounds will have a permanent disabling effect.

Maltings robbery

The malting stores of Messrs. D.E. Williams, Tullamore, were found to be raided during the week, and, from the particulars to hand, upwards of thirty barrels of barley are missing. When the discovery was made a number of screws were found to be removed from the locks and hinges of the doors.

It is alleged by the proprietors that the premises were broken into last year about the same time and a quantity of malt taken. During the summer months the premises are closed, but a visit was paid recently by an official of the firm. Mr. Hildebrand visited the scene after the reported occurrence and investigations are being pursued.

Pay day shortage

Owing to shortage, the Banks were unable to pay sufficient silver to the constabulary on pay day.

1943

Revellers shouting

The Corporation heard complaints that some people indulged in ‘shouting and bawling’ on their way home from dances, and the Co. Manager, Mr C.I. O’Flynn, was asked to consider the action that should be taken to deal with offenders.

Mr. J. Burke asked if the Corporation had any by-laws to prohibit rowdyism on the streets at night, People coming from dances did a considerable amount of shouting and bawling at all hours of the night and he understood that no by-laws existed under which the Guards could take action against the offenders.

Ald. Brennan: It is horrible down our way. When one opens his mouth about this thing, it is said that he is objecting to dance halls, but that is not so.

Manager: If you ask the Guards to take the matter up, will you raise objections during Race Week. You all know what happens in Race Week in Galway.

Ald. Miss Ashe: That is one week in which we must give the people a free hand.

Ald. Brennan: This shouting goes on every week of the year.

Mr. O’Flaherty: Every person is on a rather joyous mood during Race Week and we should not have any action taken then.

Lighting charges

If they cut out public lighting, they might have a reign of vandalism in the city, said Mr. W. Faller at Thursday’s meeting of the Galway Corporation, when the curtailment of public lighting was under consideration.

The discussion arose when a letter was read from the E.S.B. in reply to questions raised by Ald. Brennan last month about the valuation charges in Galway compared with the valuation charges in other parts of the county. The letter stated that the charges for such large urban areas as Sligo, Drogheda, Kilkenny, Tralee, Wexford and Clonmel were identical with those which it supplied in Galway.

Bus cancellation row

Galway Corporation on Thursday added its voice to the protest already made by His Worship, Ald. J.F. Costello, P.C., against the complete withdrawal of the Galway-Salthill ‘bus service and decided to ask the G.S.R. to provide a service of twenty double runs between the city and Salthill every day for the convenience of business people and school children.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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A man lies on a bed of nails at the opening of Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, on October 26, 1972

1921

Silence is golden

Leaders on both sides have stated that the best assistance the country can give in the making of peace is to keep silence.

During the past week there has been a great deal of speculation, most of it harmless enough, as, for instance, the enterprising American journalist’s “exclusive” on the first meeting of the British Premier and the President of the Irish Republic; much of it positively mischievous, as the case of the efforts of a certain journal, which has grown hoary in the reputation for throwing in the apple of discord, to anticipate failure in advance.

Our American colleague was on surer and on safer ground when he told of how de Valera and Lloyd George met.

“Mr. Lloyd George,” he cabled, “was sitting at his desk when the Irish President entered. For just a minute these two gazed fixedly at one another. Then the British Premier walked across the intervening space and shook de Valera by the hand. He led him to a seat where they sat side by side. The atmosphere was tense. They faced one another. Then Lloyd George reached down for a box of cigars. But the Irish President is of Spartan mould. He neither permits himself to drink nor smoke. He politely but firmly waved the box away. Mr. Lloyd George, however, selected and lighted a Havana, and as the smoke curled upwards the atmosphere became decidedly easier!”

Good planning

The wise and practical man always lays by a store against the time when supplies will be scarce. One of the most serious effects of the prolonged drought is the scarcity of supplies of fodder for cattle-feeding during the coming winter and spring.

The hay crop is not more than half the average yield. The corn crop is far below normal. Turnips in many districts are a partial failure. We have frequently emphasised the importance of growing catch-crops to supplement other feeding stuffs raised on the farm, but it is only under circumstances such as the present that their utility is brought home to farmers. Owing to the early harvest, a larger area than is usual can and should be put down this season. This would make good, to some extent, at least, the shortage of hay and other feeding-stuffs.

The demonstration plots laid down by the County Committee of Agriculture have shown that catch-crops, such as vetches and rye as well as other mixtures, can be successfully grown in all parts of County Galway.

We would urge on farmers the desirability – nay, the necessity – of procuring seed and making early preparation for the sowing of an increased area of catch-crops this season.

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Children dancing at the Clonbur Festival on July 5, 1980. An article in the Tribune at the time detailed how this was the fourth such festival with events covering set dancing, figure dancing, art, fishing and an old-time waltz competition.

1921

Peace at last

Hope “hath happy place” in this land of ours to-day. Those who disappoint it are the enemies not only of Ireland, but of civilisation. Before proceeding to the preliminary conference with Mr. Lloyd George at 10, Downing-street, yesterday afternoon, Mr. de Valera said that he thought the outlook for peace both from the British and Irish points of view was better than it had ever been in history.

The Irish leader would not make this statement unless he had good grounds for it. We may accept it as the confident prediction of one who has proceeded with extreme caution throughout these momentous negotiations.

Yet patient confidence in ultimate justice and patient endurance for a little are needed. There are those who would, if they could, thwart the coming of peace, but they will be borne aside by the widening will to peace, and the larger outlook that the coming of the Truce has brought.

The agony of these days that are past, as we hope for ever, is like a nightmare. Only last week, the pages of the “Tribune” told of the trials and tribulations through which the mothers and sisters of County Galway had gone. The stories related at the Quarter Sessions afforded some index of the hell of ceaseless apprehension and the dread which the women and children have had to bear for many months.

It would seem as if there could be no requital for their sorrows upon this earth. But there is sometimes a balance of justice in human affairs. To-day, as Ireland hopes and prays, this balance is about to be meted out as a common national inheritance.

The Truce has been observed in the spirit of mutual forbearance, good-will and generosity. One can conceive that the horrible conditions of the past nine months will ever be recalled. Indeed, there is no person who would desire or contrive at such an eventuality. Its very contemplation makes us fearful of the outcome of these fateful conferences.

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A section of the crowd in the stand before the start of a race at the Galway Races at Ballybrit in July 1965. Organisers of the festival this year are awaiting confirmation that there will be a return of similar scenes in two week's time with plans to allow 5,000 punters in under eased Covid restrictions.

1921

Theft in Renmore

At about eleven o’clock on Saturday morning two employees of Miss Behan, carrier and forwarding agent, Galway, delivering a quantity of groceries, cigarettes, etc., at the Army and Navy Stores, Renmore, were held up at the turn of the road leading into Renmore by six men who had come down from the Oranmore road.

The drivers were requested to stop the horses, and this being done, two members of the party searched the cars minutely. One of the two who had searched the cars took away a box of containing a quantity of cigarettes to the value of £30.

The drivers reported the matter on arrival at the military barracks and subsequently investigations were made but without success.

Death in pavilion blaze

Set ablaze early on Friday morning last, the pavilion at Athenry tennis and cricket ground was destroyed. Half buried in the debris on the morning following were found the charred remains of a human being.

Shortly after midnight many of the inhabitants of Athenry were awakened by the lurid flames from the north side of the town which shone all over the place. After some time, the local R.I.C. visited the place and found the pavilion had been almost gutted and gone beyond any hope of salvage.

They, however, succeeded in removing a quantity of the wool which the caretaker, Mr. P. Doherty, had stored in an adjoining shed. Delph, costly cutlery, linens and furniture to the value of £100 were reduced to ashes, as were also two sets of harness and a small sum of money, the property of the caretaker.

When the place ceased smouldering on the following day the charred remains of a human being rendered unrecognisable by the flames were found in the cellar.

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