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The St. Patricks National School Confirmation class of 1960. Front row, from left: Peter Salmon, Pete Molloy, Christy O'Connor Junior, Noel Lane, Johnny McCormack, and John Heaney. Second row: Teacher Tom Walsh, John Finn, Gerard Condon, Anthony McDonagh, Pete O Brennáin, Frank Kavanagh, Gerard Tierney, Eamon Howard, Tommy Morris, Pat Moloney, John Mills, .... Coleman, Austin Molloy and Martin Folan. Third row: Desmond Grant, Maurice Ward, Eddie McCormack, Seamus Furey, Joe Molloy John Shaw, Colm Flaherty, Joe Cleary, Gerard Burke, Tom Broderick, Joseph Healy, Michael Forde, and Seamus Harlowe. Fouth row: Tom Cantwell, Tom Farragher, Macdara Glynn, Arthur Quinn, James Heffernan, Willie Connell, Francis Hickey, Ollie Ryan, Michael Talbot, Kevin Duffy, Tommy Lally, Kieran Mannion and Ronnie Howard. Fifth row: Pat Walsh, Gerard Costello, Gerald McCarthy, Michael Condon, Sean Kelly, Noel Walsh, Colm O’Brien, Domnick Healy, Patsy Murphy, Tommy Jordan, Frederick Ryan and Ronnie Murphy.

1918

Disaster fund

Up to a few days ago, the Carna Disaster Fund had reached the total of £700. This includes a sum of £100 contributed by the Local Government Board following the visit of Mr. Shortt, the Chief Secretary, and a very generous donation of £100 voted by the Irish Derby Sweep Committee.

Rev. M. McHugh, P.P., Carna, writes to us as follows: “Our pro-German friends are industriously circulating the story that the men are safe and sound in Germany. Unfortunately for their story, they entered into particulars, and stated that Michael Hurney, Claddagh Parade, Galway, had a letter from his brother, who was also a prisoner of war, saying that he had seen the crew of the ‘Pretty Polly’ and that they were well.

We had their story sifted to its foundation, and we have ascertained that Michael Hurney has no relative in Germany as a prisoner of war or otherwise; that he has had no letter from any source in reference to the poor men who were lost, and knows nothing whatever about them. As the story may have travelled to Galway, I thought it would be well to let you know the result of our investigation.”

1943

Sweeps for housing

Galway Corporation, at a special meeting on Wednesday, instructed Messrs. J. Redington, P.C., and W. Carrick, delegates to the Municipal Authorities’ Association, to move at next Wednesday’s meeting of the Association: That the cost of the provision of houses for the working classes should be borne by the Central Funds, or a series of Sweepstakes under the auspices of the Hospitals Trust should be organised to provide funds for the erection of such houses.

Ald. J. Brennan said that people could not rear healthy families in houses such as some of those they had in Galway. The Sanatorium was full up, and the Central Hospital was full up.

Water menace

Mr. C.I. O’Flynn, County Manager, promised at Thursday’s meeting of the Galway Corporation to consider a suggestion by Mr. J. Redington, that the tailrace at the waterworks at Terryland should be cleaned. Mr. Redington said that lands adjoining were flooded and there was a danger that the floods would extend to the pumping station and damage the machinery unless something was done. It would seem that the swallow holes were stopped. The Manager said that he had no control over the bodies that dealt with the Corrib.

Letter to the Editor

“Visitor” writes: Visitors to the Galway Races last year were horrified by the inhumane treatment of horses by the incompetent and reckless drivers who ply for hire to and from the racecourse. These drivers seemed to have little or no regard for pedestrians or for the unfortunate animals they drove, and with the exception of the two or three horses which, it is alleged, died in harness from sheer exhaustion, it is miraculous that nothing more serious occurred.

It is hoped that this year the guards, assisted by the citizens of Galway, will make these gentlemen realise that there is a law against cruelty to animals and that the absence of motor traffic does not give them a licence to increase their speed to recklessness. After all, the Galway Races is one of the finest events of the season and it is up to the people of Galway to keep it a sporting event.

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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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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

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Angela O'Keefe, Chairwoman of Music for Galway, pictured with a £16,000 Steinway grand piano just after it was delivered to University College Galway, ahead of its assembly in the Aula Maxima. Music for Galway fundraised to buy the piano which had to be transported from London after its purchase.

1922

Tackling drink

The International Congress on Prohibition sitting in Brussels reports that the liquor problem is substantially the same everywhere. In Ireland at present alcoholism has for us a tragic interest.

At no period in Irish history has there been so great a consumption of alcoholic liquors. Prohibition, even if it were practicable, would not solve the problem. America has taught us that lesson.

Scarcely a week passes that the American hospital registers do not record the death from alcoholic poisoning on a scale unprecedented before the country went “dry”.

The drink problem will never be successfully tackled in Ireland until such time as the public cooperate with the authorities in a rigid enforcement of the licensing laws and the drunkard is regarded as a pariah in a respectable community.

In this connection the announcement made at the last Galway parish court that persons found guilty of illicit distillation will be sent to jail without the option of a fine will be welcomed.

This is a step in the right direction and should act as a deterrent to people at present engaged in a traffic which is slowly poisoning the lives, in the moral as well as the physical sense, of large numbers of our people in outlying portions of the country.

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