Galway In Days Gone By

St Michael's National School, Mervue, Gaelic Football team who defeated city rivals St Patrick's School by 2.4 to 08 in the final of the National Schools B City League at Pearse Stadium in May 1975. Front row (from left): J O'Connor, K Lally (captain), M Mulvany, C Conneely, T Walsh, F Kenny, J Healy. Back row: F Sheridan, C O'Kelly, B Power, P Coppinger, S Coughlan, P O'Dowd, N Greaney and R Ryan.
St Michael's National School, Mervue, Gaelic Football team who defeated city rivals St Patrick's School by 2.4 to 08 in the final of the National Schools B City League at Pearse Stadium in May 1975. Front row (from left): J O'Connor, K Lally (captain), M Mulvany, C Conneely, T Walsh, F Kenny, J Healy. Back row: F Sheridan, C O'Kelly, B Power, P Coppinger, S Coughlan, P O'Dowd, N Greaney and R Ryan.

1918

Abandoned promotion

A feeling akin to consternation was aroused in Carna last week on the rumoured change of the Rev. M. McHugh, the pastor of the parish, to another portion of the archdiocese. On Thursday week, a meeting of the parishioners was held, and a deputation appointed to wait on his Grace the Archbishop with a view to securing the cancellation of Father McHugh’s transfer.

The deputation proceeded to Tuam, and were cordially received by his Grace, who kindly consented to leave the matter entirely in the hands of Father McHugh’s parishioners.

On their return, the deputation interviewed Father McHugh, who decided to forego the well-merited promotion and remain with the parishioners, amongst whom he has laboured for over a quarter of a century. Father McHugh’s decision has given immense satisfaction in the parish.

R.I.C. to down tools?

With reference to the Parliamentary Bill for the purpose of increasing the pay of police, it is understood that the force in Co. Galway are determined, in the event of the Bill being not put through before the dissolution, to take certain action during the General Election in conjunction with their colleagues all over Ireland.  This action is not named, but the purport of the threat can readily be guessed, and it is obvious that if the police resort to the drastic measure of downing tools during the excitement of the General Election, chaos might easily result.

Student to be charged

Mr. J.J. Comer, student, University College, who is in custody in collection with the disturbances at Captain Alston’s lecture on October 1, is recovering from the “flu”, and will be charged at the petty sessions on Monday. It is stated that a quantity of ammunition and drill books were found amongst the property of one of the others now undergoing imprisonment for participating in the scenes on the same occasion.

1943

Child hurt in accident

Cecily Wilson (6½), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wilson, St. Ann’s, Father Griffin Road, Galway, was injured when a plate glass window in Messrs. F. Gleeson and Sons’ draper shop was broken on Tuesday evening when a motor car collided with a hand cart at the Four Corners.

The motor car, which came from Gort, was proceeding in the direction of Shop Street and as it was passing the Four Corners, it hit against a handcart, the property of Messrs. McCambridge Ltd., which was being pushed from the direction of lower Abbeygate Street by Peter Quirk, a messenger boy employed by Messrs. McCambridge.

The handcart spun around and went through the window, and young Wilson, who was passing accompanied by her mother, was injured. She was taken into Greally’s Medical Hall where her injuries were dressed. She was later taken to the Central Hospital and was discharged after receiving medical attention.

Better planning

When Ald. Brennan drew the attention of Mr. C.I. O’Flynn, County Manager, at Thursday’s meeting of Galway Corporation, to the condition of a road leading off the Father Griffin Road, the County Manager said that the road in question was an example of the type of place where building work should not have been permitted. People had built houses in places where there were no roads and then turned to the Corporation with a request that they should be provided with roads, sewerage and water supplies. Professor Dillon and others in Lenaboy had set a good example by contributing money towards the making of a road leading to their houses.

Street lighting

It was agreed by Galway Corporation that an inspection should be made of certain parts of the city with a view to having the lighting system revised before the next public lighting contract was signed. Ald. Miss Ashe and Messrs. Carrick and Redington referred to the need for lights at Prospect Hill, St. Nicholas’s-street, Rosemary Avenue, Fairhill and Parkaveera. The County Manager said that the city saved about £900 per year by the reduction in the lighting.

The meeting unanimously adopted a resolution from the Longford Urban Council protesting against the increase of ten per cent in the charge for electricity.

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