Galway In Days Gone By

Members of the Dutch company Vis a Vis perform on their sunken campervan in a promotional scene from their survival comedy, Drift, in the Claddagh Basin for the Galway Arts Festival in July 1997. The comic spectacle was held at the Festival Big Top on a set imersed in a giant tank containing 57,000 gallons of water.
Members of the Dutch company Vis a Vis perform on their sunken campervan in a promotional scene from their survival comedy, Drift, in the Claddagh Basin for the Galway Arts Festival in July 1997. The comic spectacle was held at the Festival Big Top on a set imersed in a giant tank containing 57,000 gallons of water.

1918

Galway student sentenced

At Belfast Assizes, Thomas Derrig and Thos Kettrick, of Westport, were charged with demanding a military rifle by threats from a family named Ralph. The prisoners were found guilty, with a recommendation to leniency. Lord Justice Molony sentenced Derrig to five months’ imprisonment, without hard labour, in the second division. He was a young man who, apart from having been interned – a circumstance which didn’t influence his Lordship in fixing the sentence – had not previously been brought under the notice of the law.

As to the fact he was a student in Galway College one could not, as a police witness remarked, judge people’s obedience to the law by their education. But he had instincts of humanity, because he turned down the revolver raised by Kettrick towards the women.

That was why hard labour was not imposed. As regards Kettrick, who was undergoing a sentence of six months, with a further six months in default of bail, his lordship sentenced him to six months, with hard labour, because he raised a revolver to defenceless women.

Prisoner of war

The parents of Rifleman Alex Hendry, who reside at Bohermore, have received news that he is a prisoner of War in Germany. Rifleman Hendry, formerly a conductor on Galway Tram Co., at the age of eighteen years, joined the Hussars in March 1916, and was transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles, and sent to France in December 1916.

He fought at Messines and was in several engagements at Ypres and Cambrai. He was captured on 21st March, 1918 at St. Quintin. He states he is well treated.

The ‘flu

During the past few weeks, a large number of ‘flu cases were treated in the Co. Hospital, Galway. Among the victims to the epidemic were some members of the nursing staff. Two probationers who were on duty at the Union hospitals had to be recalled from that institution to cope with the extra work.

1943

Race Week bookings

The famous Galway Race Week always brought a tremendous influx to the Western capital, but this year it looks as if all previous records are going to be eclipsed. For weeks, Galway City and Salthill have been thronged with visitors to an unusual extent and the bookings for the famous sporting week have taxed the accommodation to the utmost, despite the residents’ extensive preparations based upon practical experiences in the past.

Hotel and restaurant proprietors and boarding house keepers have exerted themselves nobly to ensure that there will be no shortage of food supplies despite the emergency and the crowds of visitors from over the Border have expressed themselves as delighted with the catering.

Motors ban

The Minister for Supplies reminds owners of the strict prohibition on the use of motor vehicles for attendance at race meetings. Serious notice, says an announcement from the Department, including revocation of the permit in each case, will be take of the use of any motor vehicle travelling in connection with Galway Races.

Owners of hackney vehicles, in particular, are reminded of their obligation to ensure that their vehicles are not misused for this purpose.

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