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Galway in Days Gone By

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A row of thatched cottages on Shantalla Road (just up from Cookes Corner) in Galway in 1970.

1915

Violent lunatic

A lunatic named Meehan was committed to Ballinasloe Asylum on Thursday week by order of Messrs. S.J. McDonogh and C. Kelly, J.P.s, Dunmore. On the previous evening, Meehan entered the shop of Mr. Patrick Finnegan, Gurteen, from which he was ejected owing to his violent efforts to use a knife on the owner.

Mr. Finnegan closed his premises and sent for the police, who proceeded to the place and arrested the lunatic. During the journey to Ballinasloe, his demeanour continued very violent.

Home Rule

But for the great European war, the Home Rule Act would have come into operation to-day. Exclusion, or no exclusion, opposition, or no opposition, the period of suspension would have run its course, and Home Rule would have inevitably become a fact as well as an Act.

Slaughterhouse smell

At the weekly meeting of Galway Urban Council, a letter from Mr. James Hughes, Ball Alley Lane was discussed. He wrote that on the previous Saturday evening a most obnoxious smell was issuing from a private slaughter house at the place. He called the attention of an Urban Councillor to the fact. He also called in the Sanitary Su-Officer to the place.

The Chairman said that, in the interest of everybody these private slaughter houses should be done away with. Mr. Moloney agreed, and said a horrible odour was recently emanating from such a slaughterhouse in his locality.

Chairman: Of course we will have people coming here to protest against the removal of these slaughterhouses.

Mr. Griffin: We don’t care for those people’s opinions; we must serve the public. I don’t care who comes here, we must do what is right.

Mr. Waters, S.S.O., said the medical officer had recommended that the slaughterhouse refuse be removed every day. He saw the place the other day, and there was nothing to find fault with beyond a certain amount of odour that would come from any slaughterhouse.

1940

Soldiers deserted for harvest

Two young men named John P Connolly, Liss, Ballyglunin, and Michael Dolan, Briarfield, were ordered by District Justice Mac Giollarnath at Tuam District Court to be handed over to the military authorities at Renmore.

They were charged with having failed to report for duty when called upon as members of the military Defence Forces and with having absented themselves from duty without authority.

The defendants’ explanation was that they were wanted at home to help in harvest work. Connolly, it was stated, was in the regular army and Dolan in the Volunteers.

“All the preparations for a heavy, full-scale invasion of Britain are going forward steadily with all the German thoroughness of method,” declared Mr. Churchill, the British Premier, in a broadcast statement to the British Empire and America yesterday. Shipping and troops were being massed from Hamburg to Brest and down to the Bay of Biscay. The next week or so, he said, would be a vital period for Britain.

The attack, said the Premier, might be launched at any moment on either England, Scotland or Ireland, or on all three. The ships being assembled for the invasion were being bombed by the R.A.F. and shelled by British warships and could not be held indefinitely. Germany would make the attempt soon if at all.

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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