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Galway in Days Gone By

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Local volunteers taking part in the building of Bohermore Community Centre in Galway in June 1971. Among those pictured are Tommy Lawless, Bugsy O'Hara, Tony Diviney, Aidan Heffernan, Martin Joe Philbin , Sean Stephens, Steve Mannion, Pat Cleary, RIP, Michael Darcy, RIP, Bartley Harty RIP, and Frank Barrett RIP.

1915

Hero Sergeant

At the Galway Petty Sessions, Sergeant Bernard Leo Phillips, A.S.C., was presented with a cheque for £10 and a framed certificate on behalf of the Carnegie Hero Fund for great bravery displayed by him last May when he jumped into the Eglinton Canal, Galway and rescued a drowning man.

Chairman Joseph Kilbride, R.M., said the incident redounded to the credit and valour of the Galway people, as represented by Sergeant Phillips, who when home on sick leave, and actually lying in bed at the time, heard cries for help coming from the Canal, and immediately got up, dived into the water at a very dangerous spot, and succeeded in reaching the person who was then below the surface of the water.

With very considerable difficulty, he succeeded in bringing the man to land, at the imminent risk of his own.

They all recognised that, of course, as one of the best acts any human being could perform, for “greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friend”.

Such acts were being performed every day on the battlefield, but a man who did what Sergeant Phillips had done displayed more valour than that of the bravest man whose blood was up on the battlefield, and he (Chairman) was sure that young man would add further laurels to those he had already won.

1940

Kicked out by wives

A letter was read from Supt. Walsh, Garda Siochana, at Tuam Town Commissioners, with reference to the report of alleged malicious damage to unoccupied houses on Gilmartin road, and stating that a Garda patrol had visited the locality.

On one night they found the back doors of six houses wide open and two men lying on grass in one house beside the kitchen fire. The explanation given by the two men was that their wives would not allow them into their own houses, and the men therefore decided to stay in those two houses for the night, The Superintendent stated the Gardai found no evidence of malicious damage.

Local security force

About 700 members of the North Galway Local Security Force “A” section, took part in a special parade at Castlehacket on Sunday last. Contingents were present from practically all units in the area.

The Tuam section of about ninety men, in the charge of Michael Powell, Vice-O.C., cycled from Tuam and created a big impression as a mobile unit. These men were given instructions in the use of firearms, and Lieutenant P. Kelly, a Tuam man, gave instruction in the use of the machine gun. Sergeant John Burke, the Galway county footballer, also acted as an instructor.

At the conclusion of the day’s manoeuvres, the men were addressed by Major O’Connor, Commandant, who congratulated them on the enthusiasm and discipline in that area and on the loyal manner in which they had answered their country’s call in the present crisis.

Death sentence

The sentence of death passed by a special military court in Dublin upon Patrick McGrath and Thomas Green, alias Francis Hart, for the murder of Detective Officer Richard Hyland, at Rathgar-road, Dublin, was carried out on Friday at 6.40a.m.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A winner at Ballybrit in July 1964 is led back by its owner and connections.

1922

Civil War impact

Had Ireland enjoyed the blessings of peace this year, the summer and autumn of 1922 would have stood out in our annals as a period when we had entered upon the first stages of real prosperity and welcomed the Irish from overseas to the shores of a free land.

Thousands of Americans came in the earlier part of the season. They had wallets full of money, which they were willing and anxious to spend amongst the people of their own land. To their dismay and keen disappointment, they found Ireland in a state of war.

A holiday in the ordinary sense was out of the question. Many of them turned to the highlands of Scotland; others went to Oberammergau, and other parts of the Continent; some turned westward again.

The daily Press has been full of the impressions of these visitors. Some of them had gone through experiences which tinged these impressions with rankling bitterness. We can imagine what they will say when they return home!

Ireland has lost by this fratricidal strife morally as well as materially, and the tragedy is that the loss has yet to be fully accounted, and that it comes upon a nation that has just secured its freedom after a struggle of centuries and at a time when we need all the wealth and work we can secure for national reconstruction.

It is now a matter of doubt whether Galway race meeting can be held this year, as those interested are not keen on courting a failure that would lower the prestige that Ballybrit has won.

Wait goes on for light

The proposed scheme for electric lighting of the town of Athenry has been temporarily postponed owing to the present condition of the country. The proposed capital was to be £3,000, £2,100 of which was to be subscribed by seven directors, while the rest was to be got from shareholders. It is expected that the project will be re-mooted as soon as opportunity offers.

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Taking it all in at the Galway Races in 1964.

1922

Economic war

The Irish Minister for Local Government has issued letter to each parish priest and public representative calling attention to the fact that the operators of the irregulars assume more and more distinctly the character of war upon the economic life of the Irish people. Bridges are being broken and roads obstructed all over the country.

In many places the railways have been cut and traffic interrupted. Within the last few days sections of the canals have been drained off. Mr. Cosgrove says that these acts do not prevent the progress of National troops, do not even seriously impede the transport of military supplies.

They are effective only against the civilian population, preventing the proper distribution of flour, foodstuffs, causing generally great hardship and, in some cases, actual starvation; hindering the dispatch of livestock and farm produce into the customary markets and inflicting losses on the agricultural community.

The Minister goes on to point out the unemployment stagnation, and cumulative distress that must follow such acts, and declares that the economic weapon is being used to force the people to reject the Treaty and enter upon a hopeless and unnecessary war with England.

Gaelic revival 

If Ireland be wise, and her sons do not throw her back into a whirl of chaos and anarchy and lay her once more an easy prey to conquest, the Gaelic revival is assured within the lifetime of the present generation.

Our children will soon be using their own tongue as the medium of learning the arts and sciences: though it will be disclosed to them the knowledge of other peoples and lands, and of the things that concern their own.

Our Gaelic contribution on page two this week is an inspiring study. Apart from the material aspect that 560 teachers studying at local centres have in small measure compensated for the loss of the races, the fact has emerged that Galway can become the greatest centre of Gaelic culture in Ireland.

The ceilidhthe and scoraidheachta held at various centres have been the wonder and delight of our visitors, some of whom have come from the Capital of the “Black North” to learn their mother tongue at its fountain head.

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