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Children taking part in the fancy dress competition in Kinvara in 1967.

1918

‘Dangers to morality’

The Most Rev. Dr. Gilmartin, Archbishop of Tuam, has addressed the following letter to Rev. O. Hannon, Adm., Tuam: “Would you kindly warn the people against the terrible dangers to morality of allowing young girls to go to the neighbouring countries in present conditions?

“I am aware there is an agent amongst us offering our young innocent girls employment abroad at tempting wages, and it may be that, if not warned, some girls may accept the bait with disastrous consequences.

“The public Press of the last few days contains startling evidence of the degradation that this kind of employment may entail – too horrible to be mentioned – and so it is I feel bound to have our young people solemnly warned against being enticed away to destruction by the glamour of big wages in other countries.

“A girl’s virtue and honour are her best dowry, and when these are gone there is nothing left but the Dead Sea fruit of illicit enjoyment.

“Ireland has, so far, been spared the moral and physical horrors of war, and if only as an act of gratitude to God, we ought all cooperate in preserving the chastity and honour of Ireland’s daughters.”

1943

Hotelier faces fine

At Galway Court, before District Justice MacGiollarnath, John Cheevers, Forster Park Hotel, Salthill, was charged with having a public bar in his premises when he held only a hotel licence.

Mr. P.J. O’Flynn, who appeared for Cheevers, said that the only authority he could find on what constituted a public bar was a very odd one. This was a question on which there was much controversy, and he submitted that it had not yet been definitely settled.

However, Mr. Cheevers would give an undertaking that he would reconstruct his premises to the satisfaction of the guards, Mr. Cheevers had already expended a considerable amount of money in making this hotel into one of the finest in Salthill.

The District Justice said that he would adjourn the case for six months, and if Mr. Cheevers had not the place reconstructed to the satisfaction of the guards, he would be fined £10.

Soldier killed in crash

Private Patk. Quirke, aged 22, Grattan Road Terrace, Galway, was killed instantly when a military lorry crashed early on Saturday morning into a wall near Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare. The lorry struck a low wall at a crossing near the railway station and overturned. Private Quirke was thrown over the railway gates and killed instantly. Two other soldiers died later in hospital and six others were injured.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Orla McArdle, Leonie Ryan, Maeve Lohan, Sinéad Armstrong, Maria Lyons and Paul Ryan who were taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of 'Joseph' in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road on February 5, 1991.

1923

Training ex-soldiers

A meeting of the committee of Galway Technical Institute was held on Tuesday, Mr. Eraut presiding.

The secretary, Dr. Webb, stated that there was a deputation outside from the Galway Carpenters’ Society in reference to the offer made by the Ministry of Labour to the committee to have up to 100 ex-soldiers trained in the institute in various crafts from joinery to thatching houses and making tin cans.

The difficulty he foresaw in regard to the scheme was to train maimed ex-solders and for this the Ministry of Labour was willing to give the committee 15s. per head per week. It was a money-making scheme so far as that committee was concerned, and would result in bringing a good deal of money into the city, because there would also be certain allowances for the wives and dependents.

He estimated that it would mean something like £200 or £300 per week. It was a question for the committee whether they would provide these classes. He had inquired from an authoritative source whether the training of these men would be likely to interfere with the employment of the recognised carpenter, and he was informed in the negative.

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Taking part in the West of Ireland Bridge Congress at UCG in April 1983 were Phil Carey, Newcastle, Eileen Murphy, Taylor's Hill, Carmel Howard, Cross Street and Claire Burke, Salthill. This year’s Bridge Congress is taking place next week at the Ardilaun Hotel from February 3 to February 5.

1923

Islanders’ distress

A correspondent sends authentic particulars of distress prevailing in the Islands of Aran. There is extreme poverty in Inishmore, especially in Killeany; large numbers in the village are on the verge of starvation, kept alive by the charity of neighbours, with scarcely a healthy child amongst them.

The people own no land, notwithstanding that the Congested Districts Board has a large tract; they fish and labour when the former is profitable or practicable and when the work can be found. To-day they are without either.

Similar stories come from other island villages. Yet last October Mr. Blythe stated in the Dáil that £1,000 had been granted for the relief of distress on the islands. The money was placed at the disposal of the Galway Rural District Council, which refused to have anything to do with the scheme.

Accordingly, the grant was never made. It is alleged that the inhabitants of Inishmore have refused to pay rates, but islanders state in reply that rates were not collected for some two years, nor were demand notes issued. The whole position is so grave that it should be looked into without further delay, and we understand that all the circumstances have been referred to Deputy O’Connell for this purpose.

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Students Yvonne O’Byrne, Edel Comer, Janice Butler, Orla Casserley, Lisa Small, Sinéad Irvine, Emer Burke, Alva McManus and Ciara Hanley who took part in the Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, production of the musical 'My Fair Lady' at the Rosary Hall in January 1998.

1923

Narrow escape

A party of four men, who arrived in the village in a motor-car, engaged in a murderous attack on the barracks occupied by the unarmed Civic Guard at Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, about three a.m. on Wednesday.

Shots and bombs were fired through the windows, and some of the sleeping guards had narrow escapes from bullets, and subsequently had to dash through the petrol-inspired flames for safety.

The village is a peaceable one, and the Guards have recently been carrying out their work in it with quiet efficiency. During the recent warfare, there had been no disturbance in the neighbourhood.

The Guards retired as usual on Tuesday night, and about three a.m. on Wednesday morning they were awakened by the crash of rifles.

A moment later flames sprang up, and it was seen that the barracks had been sprinkled with petrol and fired. Bombs were first fired through the windows, then petrol was thrown in, and the place was set on fire.

The small body of four Guards found themselves compelled to seek shelter from the bullets, and then they had to make a dash to escape the flames that were springing up around them.

Sergeant Rodgers had an exceedingly narrow escape, a bullet grazing his head. Guard Grimes was sleeping beneath a window when it was broken and petrol thrown over his head.

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