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Galway in Days Gone By

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His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway, and Rev. Father Glynn, C.C., St. Patrick's in the funeral procession of Monsignor Considine to the grounds of St. Patrick's for interment.

1918

Ejected from court

At Galway Quarter Sessions on Saturday, Patrick Leonard, Dublin, summoned Myles J. Keaven, Oranmore, for £6 9s. paid by him to J.P. Cuffe, salesmaster, Dublin, for the grazing of cattle, defendant’s property. Mr. Golding, C.S., appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. McDonnell, solicitor, appeared for defendant.

J.P. Cuffe stated he received a letter from defendant, stating he had cattle for sale, and asking if he had any grass. Witness wrote to defendant stating he had, and defendant sent 31 cattle, and asked that they be handed to Mr. Leonard.

The defence was that the cattle had deteriorated while in charge of the plaintiff.

His Honor: Is it your case that those animals were starved?

– Yes. They were on land which there was no grass on. If you understand the working of a farm . . .

His Honor: I don’t want to understand the working of a farm. I can understand an answer to a straight question. Is it your case that the cattle got nothing to eat?

Defendant: They were on land which there was no grass on. I mean to say that I would not put the cattle on it for more than a day.

His Honor: Am I to understand they got nothing to eat? Do I understand you that during the time they were on Mr. Cuffe’s land, they got nothing at all.

Mr. McDonnell: We are tried here for money paid by plaintiff in mistake and which he had no authority to pay.

His Honor: The money had been paid by Mr. Leonard to Mr. Cuffe on his behalf.

Defendant interjected and His Honor ordered him to go down. Defendant made a further observation and His Honor directed a policeman to remove him. As the latter was being removed, he remarked that His Honor was the first man that ever put him out of court.

His Honor gave a decree for the full amount.

1943

Blackrock raft danger

Mr. H. Deeney, Hon. Secretary, Connacht Branch of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association writes: I wish to point out that the present position of the raft at Blackrock, Salthill, is a rather dangerous one. It is too far away from the concrete platform, and its position relative to the platform is very ill-judged.

This situation is an inducement to unwise and unpractised swimmers to “chance their arm” at swimming to the raft. Although finding it severe enough to do this, they never consider how they are going to accomplish the return journey against choppy seas, tides or prevailing currents.

During crowded moments, divers complain that a constant stream of swimmers passes underneath the diving boards on their way to the raft. It is conceivable that tragedy could occur in these circumstances, through the collision of a diver with a swimmer. To avoid the danger, I would request those responsible for the raft should move it to a point nearer the platform and out of line with the ends of the upper diving platform.

Overcrowded house

C.I. O’Flynn, County Manager, warned the Galway Corporation on Thursday that should loans be funded there should be no agitation by members of the Corporation to pass on to Small Dwellings Act loanees and others the benefits that would accrue to the Corporation by the funding of the loans.

He told the meeting that he had pointed out to the Local Government Department that between 100 and 120 more houses were required in the city for people from condemned areas and that many more houses were required to relieve overcrowding in habitable houses.

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Galway in Days Gone By

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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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A section of the crowd in the stand before the start of a race at the Galway Races at Ballybrit in July 1965. Organisers of the festival this year are awaiting confirmation that there will be a return of similar scenes in two week's time with plans to allow 5,000 punters in under eased Covid restrictions.

1921

Theft in Renmore

At about eleven o’clock on Saturday morning two employees of Miss Behan, carrier and forwarding agent, Galway, delivering a quantity of groceries, cigarettes, etc., at the Army and Navy Stores, Renmore, were held up at the turn of the road leading into Renmore by six men who had come down from the Oranmore road.

The drivers were requested to stop the horses, and this being done, two members of the party searched the cars minutely. One of the two who had searched the cars took away a box of containing a quantity of cigarettes to the value of £30.

The drivers reported the matter on arrival at the military barracks and subsequently investigations were made but without success.

Death in pavilion blaze

Set ablaze early on Friday morning last, the pavilion at Athenry tennis and cricket ground was destroyed. Half buried in the debris on the morning following were found the charred remains of a human being.

Shortly after midnight many of the inhabitants of Athenry were awakened by the lurid flames from the north side of the town which shone all over the place. After some time, the local R.I.C. visited the place and found the pavilion had been almost gutted and gone beyond any hope of salvage.

They, however, succeeded in removing a quantity of the wool which the caretaker, Mr. P. Doherty, had stored in an adjoining shed. Delph, costly cutlery, linens and furniture to the value of £100 were reduced to ashes, as were also two sets of harness and a small sum of money, the property of the caretaker.

When the place ceased smouldering on the following day the charred remains of a human being rendered unrecognisable by the flames were found in the cellar.

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