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Galway in Days Gone By

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A snapshot of a very different Galway from the early 1960s, long before the city centre streets were pedestrianised. Not only was traffic allowed on the street then, but it went both ways – and parking was allowed, too.

1915

Sociable ducks

At the City Petty Sessions, Delia MacEvaddy, Salthill, summoned Mary Kelly, of the same place, for the larceny of a duck. Miss McEvaddy swore that she lived near Baymount for six years, Mrs. Kelly lived there for three years.

She was in the habit of keeping fowl until Mrs. Kelly came, and then she began to miss them. There was a stable adjoining the premises of both, belonging to defendant, and she (witness) saw some of her ducks in it.

Complainant then went on to refer to a number of other occasions on which she missed some of her ducks. On one occasion she missed five ducks, and she went to the defendant’s house, and the husband let them out.

On last Thursday evening, she missed a duck, and she suspected it would be in Kelly’s shed. She went there and turned a box upside down and found the duck.

Mr. Kenny (solicitor, defending) said his case was that Miss MacEvaddy put the duck under the box, otherwise it was a very strange thing that she knew exactly where it was.

The Chairman said the case was proven that the duck was under Mrs. Kelly’s box, but he did not believe she put it there for the purpose of larceny. It was more to get a dig at her neighbour.

The ducks, he said, amidst laughter, were sociable ducks, as they went over to see Mrs. Kelly’s, and it would be a good thing if both parties had such good feelings as the ducks.

The defendant was cautioned not to try such a joke in the future, as it was a dangerous one.

1940

Public morals suffering

The younger generation would come to the conclusion that amusement was the primary objective in life and that work was only a secondary consideration, said the Very Rev. P. Glynn, Adm., St. Patrick’s, Galway, at Galway Circuit Court on Thursday, before Judge Wyse Power, when opposing the granting of a licence in respect of the Eyre Ballroom, William-street, Galway.

The case came before the Court by way of appeal from the refusal of the District Court to grant a licence for the hall, formerly the site of the old Empire Theatre.

The objection that there were already adequate facilities for dancing in Galway was successfully urged and the Judge dismissed the appeal and refused the licence.

Opposition has been raised in the District Court by the clergy on the grounds that that there were more than enough facilities for dancing in Galway and on the grounds that public morals suffered through dancing.

Rev. Glynn said the number of licences that had already been granted was a bad example to the younger generation. After being up at night dancing, they were not able to do their work the next day.

The Judge said the only evidence on behalf of the applicant was that of the applicant who was admittedly interested in this as a business proposition. There was no evidence that there was demand for another dance hall. Keeping within the evidence, the licence should be refused.

Upset by London raids

A Ballinasloe woman, who gave the excuse that the “bombing of London” had upset her nerves, was also summoned for drunkenness, disorderly conduct and using obscene and abusive language. She told District Justice Cahill that all her family was in London, with the exception of one son in the army.

The prosecuting guard said there were complaints by her neighbours that she was a source of annoyance to them.

Mr. Colohan, solicitor, said her character, generally, was good, unless, perhaps, when she had a few drinks. She had now taken the pledge and promised not to be seen in the court again.

The Justice imposed a fine of 2s 6d on the drunkenness charge and adjourned the other summonses to the next court to test the promise of the defendant.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three boys catching up on their reading at the Galway Races in Ballybrit on July 28, 1988. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

1921

Impure milk

Impure and dirty milk supplies do a serious injury to our population. Milk is, perhaps, the most important part of the diet of our infants, who will some day have to take their part in the work of the nation.

It is our duty to see that all forms of disease, which are likely to weaken the race by sapping its vitality, should be vigorously battled with. No form of food is so susceptible to contamination as milk, for it is a natural and complete food substance which is eminently suited to the growth of all kinds of disease germs, especially the dreaded germ which is the cause of consumption.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of our milch cows suffer from tuberculosis. The disease may not be apparent to the eye but can be easily detected by the veterinary surgeon by means of the “tuberculin test”. Milk from these cows often contains germs of the consumption which is causing such havoc and misery in Ireland.

Something must be done by public bodies to insist on the testing of suspected cows, and the frequent sampling and testing of public milk supplies. Educational authorities should urge farmers to take a personal interest in the matter and stamp out disease by keeping cowsheds sanitary and paying strict attention to cleanliness of milking.

It must be brought home to the farmer that it is his duty to produce an article which is acceptable to the public by being pure, of high quality, and free from the germs of infectious disease. It is only by working on these lines that the farmer can hope to gain the confidence of the consumer.

Races weather

Nothing is more necessary to the complete success of the Galway meeting next Wednesday and Thursday than the rainfall which is pretty general all over Ireland at present.

I learn from a reliable source that Galway is getting its quota and that the course is in good condition. This is all necessary to induce owners and trainers to send on horses, and I have no fear that runners will be plentiful on both days.

Writing as a metropolitan, I can safely predict a great attendance – one can only wish he could predict other things so surely. On all sides one hears the questions, “Are you going to Galway? Have you booked your room” and a reference to “the fun of the fair,” otherwise the Bazaar, nearly always follows.

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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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