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Galway in Days Gone By

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Pupils from Kilchreest National School, Co Galway, photographed about 1947. Back row, left to right: Maureen Lally, Maura Stewart, Mary Frances Callanan, Pauline Carty, Carmel Fahy, Maureen Smith, Phil & Eileen Haverty, Beanie Carty, Biddy Howley and Ann Glynn; Fifth row: Miko Buckley, Bridie Fallon, Nora Hanlon, Mary Fallon, Mai Burke, Maura Connaughton, Bridie Cormican, Sadie Kelly, Mikie Connaughton and Paddy Carty; Fourth row: Bridie Sheil, Una Finnerty, Claire Doyle, Freida Hanlon, Teresa Murray, Phil Carty, Polly Connaughton, Marie Haverty, Angela Kelly, Mary Sheehan, Mary McLoughlin and Teresa Cormican; Third row: Paddy Roland, Eileen Carty, Breda Murray, Mary Ryan, Margaret Coye, Mary Larkin, Bridie Haverty, Tessie Hanlon, Bridget Coye, Dermot Doyle, Flan Doyle, Paddy Carty, Peter Sheehan and Brendan Hawkins; Second row: Seán Sheehan, Eugene Kelly, Tomsy Finnerty, Seán Hawkins, Jimmy Burke, Kevin McLoughlin, Thomas Burke, John Headd, Seamus Coye, Joseph McLoughlin, Liam Smith, Tommy Hanlon and Patrick Cunningham; Front row: Joe Callanan, Paddy Ryan, John Larkin, Michael Coye, Seán Stewart, Willie Joe Carty, Michael Carty, Brendan Callanan, Donal Ryan, Frankie Stewart, Paddy Finnerty, Bernard Larkin, Tommy Kiggins and Paddy Stewart.

1915

Recruitment drive

The Director General of Recruiting for Ireland has informed the Galway County Council that it is hoped to utilise the services of motor car owners to a large extent in connection with the recruiting campaign which has recently been initiated, and that motor car owners who are disposed to give the services of their cars and chauffeurs for long or short periods will prove of great assistance.

The Director General has asked for a list of the names and addresses of all motor car owners in the county, and it is hoped that motor owners will cooperate by informing the undersigned of their names and addresses, the seating capacity of car, the type of body and the horse power.

W.G. Fogarty, Acting Secretary, Courthouse, Galway.

No more men

At a meeting of Ballinasloe Urban Council, a resolution from the Cavan County Council relative to conscription was marked “read”. From the resolution, the Chairman said it appeared that they wanted the towns to procure the remainder of the fighting men, and let the country people go free. In Ballinasloe they had given all the available men.

1940

Water drought

Just before the long spell of drought ended a few weeks ago, the water level of the River Corrib fell so low that Messrs. Thomas McDonogh Ltd., Galway, were obliged to get water from the Corporation mains for the washing of grain in their mills.

As a result of this, the Corporation’s Water Inspector applied for £8 11s. 6d. to the Corporation to cover overtime on which he was engaged in the regulations of valves, etc. The Corporation decided to send the bill to Messrs. McDonagh.

War clause

On the request of Mr. H. St. John Blake, K.M., solicitor, Galway, Galway Corporation agreed to have a war clause inserted in their agreement with Mr. John Allen, lessee of Eyre Square for Race Week, 1941.

Mr. Blake explained that Mr. Allen wanted to have such a clause inserted in case the Races were not held and the Square could not be used for dances.

Tourism potential

“There is a sure market in our own unexploited hundreds of thousands of potential travellers and, given the good fortune of self-preservation, this country will have one, if not the only, intact, hospitable, comfortable and pleasing room in that broken-down mansion called Europe,” said Mr. D. L. Kelleher, the distinguished Irish poet and lecturer, in the course of a talk on ‘The Holiday-makers’ Ireland’ to a large audience at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe. Mr. Keller expressed his belief that the future of the Irish holiday industry was bright.

Rough seas

Hurling the shingle before them, rough seas leaped the Promenade at Salthill on Wednesday afternoon and flooded the roadway, making it impassable for a couple of hours.

The spray was flung high over the telegraph wires and large quantities of seaweed festooned the wall enclosing Rockbarton and Salthill Park. Grattan-road was also inundated.

It was the highest tide of the year and, driven by a strong south-westerly gale, at times threatened to flood Salthill itself. For the first time in many years, the waves washed over what is popularly known as ‘The Lazy Wall’ at Salthill, where country visitors by the score sit and chat during holiday time.

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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