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Galway in Days Gone By

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Bertie Ahern trawling for votes on the Aran Islands in the 1997 General Election campaign in which he was elected Taoiseach for the first time. Fianna Fáil ran a campaign centred on Ahern's personal popularity. The party gained seats and formed a coalition government with the Progressive Democrats, with the support of four Independent TDs.

1918

Armed police at march

Twelve police, armed with rifles and ammunition, under Head-Constable Roddy, Tuam, were present during the playing of football matches at Brownsgrove, midway between Tuam and Dunmore, on Sunday. Before the matches started, police requested the stewards at the gate not to allow the public into the field, but they refused to comply with the request and about 400 people attended.

When the first game, between Dunmore and Barnaderg, was started, the police told the players to stop, but they refused, and the game was proceeded with.

The police then took the names of the players and that of the referee. A match between Caherlistrane and Gurteen was played immediately afterwards, and the names of the members of these teams were also taken, they having proceeded with the game contrary to the request of the police.

Warning to housewives

The Food Control Committee announce that proceedings will be taken against persons who have used sugar, obtained for fruit preservation, for other purposes, and do not produce the jam to the extent for which the sugar was allotted.

They also announce that they will probably take over jam in excess of household requirements from persons to whom sugar allotments were made. It will be illegal to trade in bacon and lard after July 13, unless an application for registration is made prior to that date to the office of the Committee.

Arms raid

A raid for arms by masked men was made at the residence of Mr. Michael J. Dooley, gamekeeper to Lady Gregory, Coole Park, during the week. An old fowling piece and some cartridges were taken away by the raiders. The following day, the police searched several houses in the adjoining townlands.

1943

Hospital overcrowding

Gross overcrowding still exists in the Galway Central Hospital, Mr. C.I. O’Flynn, County Manager, told the Galway County Council on Saturday. Ald. Brennan said that he had read in the Press a statement by the County Manager that he had asked the Department for permission to go ahead with the proposal to build a district hospital in Ballinasloe.

He wondered if the County Manager had any further information on the matter now – if he had received a reply from the Department.

County Manager: No, and I have written again. Regarding the hospital generally, there is gross overcrowding. We have 315 or more patients. The number of beds is 216 and the remainder of the patients are on stretchers or mattresses on the floors.

Country boycotts towns

The slippery condition of the main roads has led to a boycott of towns by the country people, declared Mr. J.J. Nestor at Saturday’s meeting of the Galway County Council, when supporting a case made by Ald. Miss Ashe for the provision of a non-slippery surface on the sides of the main roads to facilitate horse traffic.  Ald. Miss Ashe said the main roads were in an “awful way”.

Mr. G. Lee, Co. Surveyor, said that he was doing extensive sanding on the main roads and he had not heard complaints recently.

Ald. Miss Ashe said that if the roads were made safe for horses, the markets in Galway City and other towns would improve. Before Threadneedle Road in Salthill was remade, she believed the Council were told that it would be a non-skid road, but now people dared not bring their horses over it.

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Pupils of St Mary's College, Ballygar, waiting for tea at the opening of the school's new extension on December 10, 1982.

1922

State is recognised

At 3.30 on the morning of December 6, 1921, a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland was signed in a room in London. In pursuance of that Treaty, the Government of the Irish Free State was handed over to Mr. Michael Collins on January 16 of the present year.

This week the Free State became a fait accompli, recognised by all the nations of the earth, ratified by its own Parliament and that of Great Britain. This is the great central historical fact which nothing can alter.

In other times under other conditions, this would be a week of general jubilation in Ireland. There can be no doubt about the feelings in the hearts of the majority of people. They feel with the late Mr. Arthur Griffith that “the substance of freedom” has been won, with President Cosgrove that the Irish Government “takes over the control and destiny of our people to hold and administer that charge, answerable only to our own people and to none other; to conduct their affairs as they shall declare, right without interference, not to domination, by any other authority whatsoever on this earth.”

For the Free State has the power, by right of international treaty, to maintain military, naval and air forces, to impose tariffs, to control its own finances absolutely, to make its own laws.

And there is firm hope that before long the green, white and orange of the tricolour will wave triumphantly over not twenty-six counties merely, but over all Ireland.

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The construction of a new wheelchair-friendly footbridge by Galway Corporation over the Friar’s River Canal at Newtownsmith on October 20, 1998. It replaced the old temporary bridge that had become dangerous and could not take wheelchairs.

1922

Posting poor returns

Postal rates and telephone charges in Ireland are at the moment probably as high as they are in any country in the world, higher than they are in most.

The penny post has been restored in Great Britain, following the wage cut, which was introduced without any stoppage in the public service.

And the postal facilities in Ireland at the moment are probably worse than in any civilised state in the world. This is not altogether the fault of those who control the post office.

But, while much of this is due to conditions over which postal officials can have no control, a very considerable percentage of it is due to a badly run post office.

There is something very rotten in a service that loses a million a year, and yet gives the public only very indifferent results; for not merely are the Irish people paying abnormal postal and telegraph rates, but they are paying for the deficit in the form of taxation, so that their letters cost them much more than twopence.

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

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