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The Ceoltóirí Cooley musicians from Woodford, who took part in Scoraíocht in Renmore in 1975. Seated (from left): Neasa Kennedy, Maeve Donnelly, Bert McMahon and Gerry Hanley. Standing: Cathal Stanley and Owen O’Neill.

1915

Storm rages

A mild sensation was created in Galway on Tuesday when the morning mail did not arrive at the appointed time, and it was ascertained through the Post Office beyond Oranmore, and, through the Railway Station, beyond Athenry.

All sorts of wild rumours spread about, and considerable anxiety was displayed by some nervous folks, especially as no explanation was forthcoming as to the cause of the delay. The train, which usually arrives about ten minutes to eleven, a.m., steamed in about 2.30 p.m., and it was then learned that the delay was entirely due to the preceding night’s storm interfering with the signalling system, as a result of which the mail had to travel to Galway by pilot.

A fierce storm raged throughout the previous night in portions of the West and Midlands, and in the district between Athenry and Ballinasloe, the snow was piled up by the wind on the railway line for a depth of several feet and the telegraph poles were wrenched out of the grounds.

Night-workers in Galway City declare that they have never before witnessed so fierce a storm, and it raged at its height between 3 and 4 a.m.

From that hour there was no communication in the Dubln direction from the Galway Post Office either by telegraphy or telephone.

A curious effect of the severe weather on stock is illustrated by the fact that two cattle weighed in Oranmore last Monday week were found to have reduced by 1.5 cwt. when weighed at Galway a week later.

1940

Pleasure craze

In his Pastoral Letter, his lordship Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, appeals to the people to observe the Lent in the proper spirit and goes on to issue a warning against certain vices. In regard to “rioting and drunkenness”, his lordship says:

“Any man who cannot restrain himself within the limits of decency – and there are such – should not touch drink at all. All young men, and still more all young girls, should be total abstainers.

“They have the best of all stimulants in their young blood, and anything like alcohol only perverts and disfigures the beauteous gift of God.

“A young man, and still worse, a young woman under the influence of drink is the saddest and ugliest sight on earth.

“The social developments that have taken place in our time carry with them undoubtedly very serious dangers to virtue. A levity of behaviour, a passion for pleasure and dancing, a craze for excursions and running about, a growing assumption in the minds of the young that they are their own masters and do what they like, a weakening of parental control, indiscriminate mingling of the sexes, risky and sometimes absolutely indecent modes in the dress of women, a widely-spread currency of tainted literature, have all become features of our age and are all calculated to break down the modesty and reserve that should serve as the outworks of virtue, and which if once destroyed the central glory of virtue itself is easily lost.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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1922

Scabs warning

An exciting incident in connection with the postal strike occurred at Mary-st., Galway, at four o’clock last Saturday afternoon.

An official of the Galway Electric Lighting Company, Ltd., accompanied by another official, had gone to the central post office at Eglinton-street to collect the letters of the company. Shortly after he had left, it was alleged that he had taken other letters for delivery in Mary-street on his way back to the works.

The strike picket immediately gave chase, and an exciting scene, which was witnessed by a number of people in the street, followed.

The officials of the company were chased into the licensed premises of Mr. J. S. Young, but it could not be found that they had delivered any letters.

“We did not see them delivering any letters,” said one of the strikers. “Anyhow, an undertaking has been signed now not to attempt to deliver any to other people.”

A few national soldiers in uniform were standing at the Eglinton-street end of Mary-street during the incident. Four lady members of the staff at the Galway central office returned to work on Saturday and were understood to be engaged upon sorting of letters recently delivered by road.

It is stated that letters are also being posted at the central boxes. Meanwhile the picket remains almost continuously “on duty” outside the office, in front of which two boards have been place, one stating, “Don’t take letters from scabs”; and another “Restricted Services – Four do the work of forty-two”.

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Children examine the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale, beached in Loughaunrone near Oranmore in September 1997. The whale was later burned on the beach as Council engineers were concerned about the danger of seepage if the giant mammal was buried.

1922

Connemara raids

The Publicity Department, Railway Hotel, Galway, issues the following: – Mr. Richard O’Toole, Lettermore, Connemara, has been forced to leave his home as a result of a raid made upon it by irregulars and subsequent threats.

A few nights ago, a party of men came to Mr. O’Toole’s home and demanded his motor bicycle. He refused to give it. The leader of the raiders, tapping his gun, said: “Do you see this?”

“Shoot away,” was Mr. O’Toole’s reply, and the raiders are then said to have gone to the garage to look for the machine. He managed, however, to get the machine, and to make his way to Galway. The men threatened that they would return to his house on the succeeding night and take him.

He was obliged to leave some men to mind his mother, who is very nervous, and falls into a faint when a raid takes place.

The house of Mr. Cloherty at Roundstone was also visited and about £40 worth of stuff taken. Mr. Cloherty is the father of Mr. J. J. Cloherty, a well-known County Councillor, and is a strong supporter of the Treaty.

A shop in Kilkerrin was also raided, and a considerable quantity of goods taken.

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Thatching one of the houses on Shantalla Road, just up from Cooke's Corner, in the 1970s.

1922

The third Dáil

The first meeting of the third Dáil held on Saturday morning last at Leinster House, Kildare-street, the premises of the Royal Dublin Society, recalled for a few minutes some of the stormy scenes at Westminster when Irish affairs were being discussed.

On Saturday, as then, Mr Laurence Ginnell was the central figure. He is apparently always cast for the role of obstructionist in politics, and on Saturday he made full use of his opportunity, with the result that, as at Westminster, he was carried form his seat by three stalwart attendants and expelled from the Assembly.

The Dáil met in the theatre of the house, a semi-circular room with seats rising tier upon tier from an open space in the centre. At the back of the last row of seats there is a promenade, and for some time before the Dáil was due to open, Mr. Ginnell, black band in hand and slouch, hat on head, marched round and round, speaking to no one, but apparently, like an arch conspirator, deep in thought.

Probably he felt lonely, for he was the only one of the anti-treaty members elected to the Dáil who put in an appearance. Miss MacSwiney and the rest, who were known to be in Dublin, have presumably decided to observe a policy of abstention.

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