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Galway in Days Gone By

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This photo from 1979 of Wolfe Tone Bridge, taken from The Claddagh, shows how much the area on the city centre side has changed in the interim. The McDonoghs Fertilizers building on the left has been replaced by the Jury's Inn Hotel, while to the right the big Portmore building now dominates the lanscape close to the Spanish Arch. This was also before the riverside walk was developed.

1914

Land war sensation

What our Connemara correspondent describes as the most sensational and exciting incident in the Connemara land war was reached on Sunday last, when after 11 o’clock Mass, the people marched from Tullycross towards Renvyle for the purpose of holding a public meeting on the Curragh farm, and were met by a large force of police on the public road, who drew their batons and charged the people.

No time was lost at Tullycross immediately Mass was over in starting for Renvyle. The band was got out and led the large concourse of people, comprising men, women and children, and numbering almost 2,000.

The police were fierce. They charged on the crowd using their batons right and left, and, it is alleged, that several women and young girls were struck. Certain it is that many of them were knocked down in the crowd and trampled on in a bad way. The drum was broken in the melee. The people, who were without weapons of any description, would not yield and a desperate hand-to-hand encounter took place.

Several of the people received severe wounds which had to be attended to by a doctor. They were chiefly struck on the face and heads, and their foreheads were split open. For several minutes there was terrible work. The women fought bravely, and struck several policemen with their clenched fists. The crowd continued to fight their way, and at length got away from the police.

The police went on ahead again, and the people got into the grazier’s farm overlooking the Renvyle house, the residence of Mrs. Blake. They cheered wildly, and booed the police. A meeting was then held on the farm.

1939

Travelling ambulance

“I often heard of a travelling shop, but I never before heard of a travelling ambulance,” remarked the secretary (Mr. S. Gallagher) at the monthly meeting of the Galway Hospital and Dispensaries’ Committee on Saturday, when a letter was read from the Belvedere Male Nurse and Ambulance Service, Dublin, stating that, commencing in Jan., 1940, they proposed to run a weekly ambulance service all over the country which they believed would be a great convenience to all Boards of Health.

The secretary added that the inclusive charges would be 2d. per mile per patient, based on the present price of petrol, 2s. per gallon.

Irish at school

“I think the policy adopted for the spread of Irish has been an unwise one. I do not think it is going to achieve the results aimed at, but since it is the policy of the State, it seemed to me that it was my duty as a citizen and headmaster to see that it was carried out. The result is that a number of you here at this table can speak fluently in a language of which I cannot understand a word.” This statement was made by Mr. E.B. Coursey, Headmaster of Galway Grammar School at the first annual reunion dinner of the past students of the school.

Dramatic plane rescue

The rescue of three Irish Army airmen whose twin-engined Avro Anson ‘plane crashed into the sea at Furbough last week, was described to a ‘Connacht Tribune’ representative by the two men who went out to the wreck and brought the airmen ashore in a currach half-filled with water and with the sea washing the rowlocks.

The men are: Pat Connelly (Michael), Barna, and Pat Connelly (James), of Furbough. When the ‘plane crashed into the sea, they said, a huge volume of water was thrown up and scattered like smoke on either side.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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1922

Scabs warning

An exciting incident in connection with the postal strike occurred at Mary-st., Galway, at four o’clock last Saturday afternoon.

An official of the Galway Electric Lighting Company, Ltd., accompanied by another official, had gone to the central post office at Eglinton-street to collect the letters of the company. Shortly after he had left, it was alleged that he had taken other letters for delivery in Mary-street on his way back to the works.

The strike picket immediately gave chase, and an exciting scene, which was witnessed by a number of people in the street, followed.

The officials of the company were chased into the licensed premises of Mr. J. S. Young, but it could not be found that they had delivered any letters.

“We did not see them delivering any letters,” said one of the strikers. “Anyhow, an undertaking has been signed now not to attempt to deliver any to other people.”

A few national soldiers in uniform were standing at the Eglinton-street end of Mary-street during the incident. Four lady members of the staff at the Galway central office returned to work on Saturday and were understood to be engaged upon sorting of letters recently delivered by road.

It is stated that letters are also being posted at the central boxes. Meanwhile the picket remains almost continuously “on duty” outside the office, in front of which two boards have been place, one stating, “Don’t take letters from scabs”; and another “Restricted Services – Four do the work of forty-two”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children examine the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale, beached in Loughaunrone near Oranmore in September 1997. The whale was later burned on the beach as Council engineers were concerned about the danger of seepage if the giant mammal was buried.

1922

Connemara raids

The Publicity Department, Railway Hotel, Galway, issues the following: – Mr. Richard O’Toole, Lettermore, Connemara, has been forced to leave his home as a result of a raid made upon it by irregulars and subsequent threats.

A few nights ago, a party of men came to Mr. O’Toole’s home and demanded his motor bicycle. He refused to give it. The leader of the raiders, tapping his gun, said: “Do you see this?”

“Shoot away,” was Mr. O’Toole’s reply, and the raiders are then said to have gone to the garage to look for the machine. He managed, however, to get the machine, and to make his way to Galway. The men threatened that they would return to his house on the succeeding night and take him.

He was obliged to leave some men to mind his mother, who is very nervous, and falls into a faint when a raid takes place.

The house of Mr. Cloherty at Roundstone was also visited and about £40 worth of stuff taken. Mr. Cloherty is the father of Mr. J. J. Cloherty, a well-known County Councillor, and is a strong supporter of the Treaty.

A shop in Kilkerrin was also raided, and a considerable quantity of goods taken.

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Thatching one of the houses on Shantalla Road, just up from Cooke's Corner, in the 1970s.

1922

The third Dáil

The first meeting of the third Dáil held on Saturday morning last at Leinster House, Kildare-street, the premises of the Royal Dublin Society, recalled for a few minutes some of the stormy scenes at Westminster when Irish affairs were being discussed.

On Saturday, as then, Mr Laurence Ginnell was the central figure. He is apparently always cast for the role of obstructionist in politics, and on Saturday he made full use of his opportunity, with the result that, as at Westminster, he was carried form his seat by three stalwart attendants and expelled from the Assembly.

The Dáil met in the theatre of the house, a semi-circular room with seats rising tier upon tier from an open space in the centre. At the back of the last row of seats there is a promenade, and for some time before the Dáil was due to open, Mr. Ginnell, black band in hand and slouch, hat on head, marched round and round, speaking to no one, but apparently, like an arch conspirator, deep in thought.

Probably he felt lonely, for he was the only one of the anti-treaty members elected to the Dáil who put in an appearance. Miss MacSwiney and the rest, who were known to be in Dublin, have presumably decided to observe a policy of abstention.

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