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Galway in Days Gone By

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The first Galway Sports Stars Awards were announced in 1965 and pictured at the presentation banquet held in the Great Southern Hotel, Eyre Square, on January 6, 1966, were the winners and special guest Michael O’Hehir, the radio and television commentator. Front row (from left): Kay Quinn (camogie); Eamon Lee (Soccer); Catriona Little (Swimming); Michael O’Hehir; Jimmy Cranny (best organiser); Maeve Lydon (Tennis) and Murt Davoren (Boxing). Back row (from left): Jimmy Duggan (Hurling) Tony Corley (Handball); Enda Colleran (Football); Sean Hosty (Golf) and Tommy Madden (Athletics). The event was sponsored by the Galway-Salthill Indoor Swimming Pool Committee.

1915

Galway farmers and the War

Great sympathy exists amongst intelligent public men as to the position of Galway farmers during the coming spring. Already prices are mounting up, and a difficulty will exist in procuring the essentials to carry on farming as far as seeds and manure are concerned, and those who should assist the farming community are somewhat shy of doing so.

What the farmers are most in need of immediately is that some cooperative means should be put in force to purchase the larger necessities for carrying on farming during the coming spring, which will press on the farmers much more than has been felt since the famine years.

There is no section of the community so easygoing as regards their own destruction as the farmers, and while the bogey of a halfpenny in the pound for light has been fought out and lost, the greater question of hundreds of pounds is left in oblivion.

Woman found dead

Between 2 and 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, a tragic discovery was made at the Claddagh, when an unmarried woman named Bridget Flynn, aged 47 years, was found dead in a little house she occupied alone.

It was noticed that the deceased was not seen out that day, and some neighbours, receiving no answer to repeated knocking, effected an entrance to the house, and found the unfortunate woman lying dead on the middle of the floor, fully dressed.

The Dominick-st. police were at once communicated with, and the body was subsequently removed to the morgue. The house was very poorly furnished, and it was the custom of the deceased to sleep on the floor, with but some scanty protection from the dampness. Some time ago she owned a farm of land at Menlo, but the house becoming dilapidated, she removed into town.

A coroner and jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes.

1940

Sent to reformatory

At the Children’s Court in Galway on Thursday, District Justice Sean Mac Giollarnath ordered a fifteen-years-old Galway boy who was charged with larceny to be sent to Glencree Reformatory for three years.

Mr. MacTernan, solicitor, said the offence could hardly be described as a trivial one, for the boy had taken, amongst other things, a motor car battery, a pair of football boots, a bottle of iodine and bandages.

He was at an awkward age, however, and was influenced by boys much older than himself and had to take the brunt of it all. Mr. MacTernan thought that a long-term suspensory sentence, if imposed, would act as a deterrent.

GAA review time

This month, all the county organisations of the Gaelic Athletic Association are reviewing the progress of the past year and laying down lines on which to develop the Association in the coming twelve months.

On Sunday next, the annual convention of the County Galway clubs will be held. The western province secured two All-Ireland championships during the past year, Roscommon taking the minor football title and Galway the junior hurling title for the first time.

It is a remarkable fact that Galway is the only western county which can field a senior hurling team, but steps are being taken to develop this branch of the code in other Connacht counties.

It may well be that the victory of the Galway junior hurlers last autumn is a sign that the county is about to build up a hurling fame in senior ranks in the coming year.

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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