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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Fortune reader Gypsy Lee at Ballinsloe Fair in 1996.

1915

Street hurlers

At the City Petty Sessions, before Mr. Joseph Kilbride, R.M., and Sir James O’Donohoe, three young men named Griffin, King and O’Connor were summoned for hurling on the street.

A boy named Patrick Griffin, who stated that he was employed at the boot repairing shop of Mr. MacCarthy, Market-street, gave evidence of having seen the defendants play hurley.

Cross-examined by Mr Nicholls (defending solr.): Did you actually see Patrick O’Connor hurling there and hitting the ball? – I did.

Did you see the others on the same evening? – I did.

Were they walking out to practice at the time and hitting the ball before them? – I could not swear, they were hitting the ball from one to the other on the street.

Do you know anything about hurling? – No.

You have heard the kind of game it is? Must you not have a goal at each end before you can have hurling? – Certainly.

Were there any goals on the street at that time? – No.

And must you not have fifteen men on each side? – I am not well up in the game, but I think so.

Mr. Nicholls submitted that the case must fail because the defendants were charged with playing a game of hurley on the street, but that could not be so since they had no goals up, and had not fifteen men aside.

The Head-Constable asked that the full penalty of 10s be inflicted on the defendants, as complaints had been made as to the practice. He asked Mr. Nicholls what was the weight of a hurley ball.

Mr. Nicholls: It is not for me to tell you.

Head-Constable: I thought you knew a lot about the game of hurling?

Mr. Nicholls: And so I do (laughter).

The Chairman, replying to Mr. Nicholls, said the defendants might not be playing a hurling match, but they could be playing hurling. Each of the defendants was fined 2s. 6d.

1940

Lemonade prosecution

Stated to be the first case of the kind brought in Galway, Martin McIntyre, Upper Bohermore, was fined £1 (without expenses) by District Justice Mac Giollarnath for “unlawfully keeping a refreshment house without being licensed contrary to Section 9 of the Refreshment House and Wine Licences (Ireland) Act, 1860.

John Kelly said that in April last, he was attached to the Customs at Galway. On the 18th of that month, he visited the defendant’s premises, a small shop, at approximately 10.15pm, and called for a bottle of lemonade, paid for it and consumed it on the premises.

He asked the proprietor if he had a refreshment house licence, and he said that he was not aware he had to have one.

Cross-examined by Mr. O’Donnell (solr.), the witness said that he believed this was the first case of its kind to be brought in Galway. There was no entertainment provided on the premises.

Mr. O’Donnell held that the case would be decided on the interpretation which would be put on the word ‘Entertainment’. A lot depended on the case because it would come as a great surprise to many people to find out that they had to pay revenue in certain circumstances to sell lemonade.

He asked the Justice not to impose any penalty until they got in touch with the Revenue Commissioners. This shop had since been closed.

Unprecedented drought

Many rivers in County Galway have reached their lowest level within living memory, water supplies are being anxiously watched, and in many districts, water in barrels is being carried for miles and cattle driven long distances to drink, following a summer of almost unprecedented drought.

The real gravity of the situation was disclosed at the monthly meeting of the Galway County Board of Health, where it was stated that ‘six months’ continuous rain would be wanted in many areas.

The meeting had before it a letter received from the County Secretary, Mr. C.I. O Floinn, urging the necessity of making alternative arrangements for pumping water in cases where pumps are at present operated by electricity from the Shannon scheme, so that in the event of a breakdown of existing electricity supplies, the continuity of water supplies may not be affected.

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Photographed at the Galway Races in 1961 were Miss Anne Gillane, Mrs. Seán Corrigan, Miss Gertrude Gilligan and Miss Emily Gilligan, all from Gort.

1920

Mad motorists

That traffic in Galway is ill-regulated and conducted without the smallest regard to the rules of the road or the interests or safety of those who use them is an assertion that is generally accepted even by those who are the worst offenders.

Yet a little attention to very simple and well-understood rules would enormously add to our comfort and convenience, especially on market days.

Recently there has been a considerable influx of country motors. Youthful drivers have shown almost criminal disregard for the traffic conditions of the City streets, which render driving at a speed of exceeding ten or twelve miles an hour, a dangerous a reckless proceeding.

Moreover, the lumbering military motor lorries have been, and are being, driven with an indifference that is no less culpable. We have heard complaints, even from those who are friendly to the soldiers, that drivers of these lorries never “give the road” to a passing vehicle.

Surely the Irish people have a right to use their own roads without being run down by mad motorists, whether they be reckless country youths who have never been taught the elementary principles of motor-driving, or ill-mannered and ill-disciplined soldiers?

Any clumsy fool can drive a car furiously on the middle of the road: trained drivers and gentlemen show that consideration for their own car and for other people which is the true hallmark of nobility of character.

City centre explosion

At ten minutes to three on Saturday morning the citizens of Galway were startled by a loud, dull explosion, which shattered the plate-glass window facing Shop-st. in the premises of Mr. Patrick J. O’Connor, who conducts popular tearooms, newsagency and fancy business in Mainguard-st., did some damage in the shop, and killed a pet fox terrier that was sleeping on the counter.

In view of recent happenings in the West and the attitude of intoxicated soldiers the previous night, no one dared to venture abroad, but Mr. Jordan who controls a boot shop next door, and whose sister is married to Mr. O’Connor, rushed to his neighbour’s aid, and found everything in the premises in a state of confusion, and the startled inhabitants rushing down the stairs in their night attire.

The little watch-dog lay dead upon the counter with a jagged wound on his side.

Mr. O’Connor is a young businessman who is exceedingly popular in the City. In politics, he is a Sinn Féiner; but it is inconceivable that any party or section of the community could have a grudge against him of a nature that would lead to Saturday morning’s outrage.

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The cocktail bar at Ballybrit draws the crowd at the Galway Races 1965.

1920

Terror in Tuam

As a police van was proceeding to Dunmore from Galway Assizes on Monday evening, with four armed constables, it was ambushed at Gallagh, three miles beyond Tuam, and two of the occupants – Constables Burke and Carey – were shot dead.

All was peaceable until five o’clock on Tuesday morning, when the sleeping inhabitants of the town were startled by volleys of musketry fire.

At first only a few shots were fired; then the fusillade became terrific, and it was accompanied by explosions, as if bombs and hand grenades were being hurled. It soon became evident that the firing was general throughout the town.

Children and women screamed, and all sought shelter in the rear of their premises, where they lay flat on the ground.

Subsequently, cheers broke out, and the Town Hall was found to be in flames. Apparently the cheering was the signal for the congregation. Soon after the outbreak the military who are stationed in Tuam came upon the scene, but were immediately afterwards withdrawn.

Mr. Quinn, a well-known solicitor, who witnessed the thrilling scene from the midst of two houses which were in flames, declared on Tuesday morning that he distinctly heard the officer calling off his men, and shouting “this is not our job,” the inference being that the military did not wish to be associated with the outbreak.

About six o’clock the orgy of outrage ceased, and the townsmen who ventured abroad found many houses in flames.

No harm in variety

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Barna (Galway) Feis which was held on last Sunday, was the large numbers who attended it. Rarely has such a fine gathering been seen at a similar function in a comparatively small village like Barna.

The competitions, too, were successful, but it would have been no harm if a little more variety had been introduced. The school children were very good, but one felt that something was wanting to make the whole thing more interesting; there was a lack of colour and variety in a programme that was followed attentively.

Singing and dancing constituted the entire programme. There were songs by school-children, by young people, and by adults, and there was dancing by the school-children. The dancing did not come up to the mark, and no first or second prize was awarded.

Some of the singing reached a fairly high standard, and “voice” could be detected.

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Jack Charlton receives some help from Galway Fisheries Manager Paddy Gargan while fishing for salmon on the Weir in the city on May 26, 1990. A report in the Connacht Sentinel details how Big Jack was watched by a group of around 30 people who applauded when he nabbed the tiny fish, causing him to smile and shout to the onlookers, "that's only the bait". Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

1920

Lighting up Portumna

Mr. Joseph P. Martin presided at the district meeting of the Portumna Rural District Council on Saturday. Also present: Messrs. J. D. O’Kelly, M. J. Lyons, John Banfield, Patrick Burke, John Daly, Patk. Martin, Thomas Abberton, Con. Tully, Patrick Sellars, Jerome Maloney.

A deputation from the Electric Light Company, consisting of Mr. A. E. Moeran, Dr. Kelly, Mr. J. J. Kearns, solr., and Mr. M C. Stronge, came before the council in regard to the striking of a rate on a certain area in the district for the public lighting of the town.

Mr. Hynes (Clerk) read the letter from the Local Government Board which stated the procedure as follows: To undertake the lighting the council should be invested with the powers of an urban authority. Before application for powers is made, the council should publish notices in the local Press and put up posters setting forth the application, giving particulars of the proposed area of charge, estimated cost of providing and maintaining lamps, estimated cost of providing and maintaining lamps, estimated annual poundage rate on the affected area.

The notices should specify the area of change as delineated on a map which can be seen at the clerk’s office, and any objection should be lodged with the clerk within a specified period. A map and tracing showing the position of the lamps and the proposed area should be indicated.

Ambushed at noon

While on patrol duty at Caltra, Ballinasloe, at noon on Wednesday, Constable Howley and Constable Donnelly were ambushed and seriously wounded by a party armed with shotguns.

Constable Howley received terrible injuries in the head and body, and his recovery is not expected.

County Inspector Taylour, and a party of military, accompanied by a Red Cross ambulance, left Ballinasloe in the afternoon and conveyed the wounded men to Ballinasloe infirmary. Constable Donnelly was wounded in the side and legs.

On Sunday some gunshots were fired from a wood at two constables at the cross roads, Prospect, Oranmore.

On Friday while Constables McCormack and McGovern, Loughrea, were serving jurors’ summonses for the assizes in the Peterswell District they were held up twice by masked and armed men who deprived them of their revolvers and ammunition.

Constable McGovern’s cape was also taken, but the money found on the police was returned. In the first raid the attackers numbered about twelve, and in the second it is stated that about eight took place.

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