Galway In Days Gone By

Taoiseach Sean Lemass at the opening ceremony for Tynagh Mines in October, 1965, which was attended by 1,300 home and overseas guests, including almost 200 who were flown in from Canada on a special charter flight.
Taoiseach Sean Lemass at the opening ceremony for Tynagh Mines in October, 1965, which was attended by 1,300 home and overseas guests, including almost 200 who were flown in from Canada on a special charter flight.

1918

New cinema theatre

It is reported that a Dublin syndicate is being put together for the purpose of securing premises in Galway to establish a new cinema theatre on an extensive scale. It has been known that some time ago a popular vocalist contemplated establishing a company in the Gaiety Theatre, but we understand that Mr. J.P. McGurk, who visited Galway last week, intends to run a cinema theatre on Sunday nights as usual, while Mr. John Glynn will run pictures on Thursday and Friday nights.

With regard to the report referred to above, it is stated that the company, which contemplates the establishment of a cinema theatre in Galway, has in view the purchase of Mr. B. Connolly’s premises, which are advertised for sale on Oct. 24 by Mr. John M. Lavelle, auctioneer.

Loss of a life boat

In many respects, the boat “Fear Not”, belonging to Mr. Tom Smith, Salthill, which was wrecked in the gale on Sunday week, may be described as a life boat, for, on more than one occasion, it has been responsible, under the guidance of its owner, for plucky deeds of life-saving.

The craft broke from its moorings in a recent gale and went ashore on the Grattan-road, being badly damaged. The subscription, which is being got up for Mr. Smith in order that he may be able to put it in a proper state of repair, is sure of a generous response.

A boat of the kind is an indispensable asset to Salthill, and none the less so because it is under the private ownership of a gallant old salt like Mr. Tom Smith.

1943

Prom widening scheme

On the proposition of Mr. J.D. Whelan, President, seconded by Mr. J. Cremin, the Council of Galway Chamber of Commerce on Monday night unanimously approved of the plans for the widening of the main road adjoining the Promenade at Salthill by encroaching on the lands away from the seafront.

Mr. J.D. Whelan, who submitted a rough draft of the plans, said that the scheme was a “splendid” one. The islands which, it was proposed, would be laid out at intervals between the new road and the present road would be used as carparks and a kiosk for the sale of newspapers, sweets, etc., would be built.

The scheme would give Salthill a beautiful stretch of road which would be safe for traffic and for children.

The President said that very few people had seen the plans. The scheme would give a big amount of employment that was badly needed at present. It was not proposed at this stage to do any work on the seaward side of the road.

The President said that as the road stood at present it was a death-trap.

Land under threat

In a report on South Park, Borough Surveyor, Mr. J.S. Carroll submitted: “There is evidence that serious erosion has taken place along the seaward boundary of South Park. I understand that this land was at one time covered by high tides. At some period it was reclaimed, principally along the shoreside where a shallow embankment was tipped close to the shore.

“A large portion inside this strip, however, still is below high tide level and would be flooded by a breach in the embankment. As you will readily understand, refuse is easily eroded and I have no doubt erosion has been going on here since the embankment was first formed – I cannot say when.

“I fear that a breach will occur during the coming winter if something is not done to prevent it.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and  county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.