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Galway in Days Gone By

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of A Tale of Two Cities in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road, in February1998 were Cathal Cunningham, Michael Roche and Richard Curtin.

1923

Education is key

This week or the beginning of next, Irish boys and girls return to school. On the work that they do there during the succeeding years will largely depend the future of Ireland, for as the plant is bent, so shall the tree become.

Judged by the present day standard of ethics and conduct, something has been sadly lacking in the spiritual and secular training of the past.

Recently, a controversy – if it could be dignified with the name – has been running in the correspondence columns of the “Tribune”, on the future of education. It seems a thousand pities, if, indeed, it is not a definite national drawback, that intelligent men like national school teachers cannot discuss a subject that is of vital interest to them and their country in temperate language, without getting lost in a miasma of irrelevant abuse.

Yet it must be frankly and sadly confessed that those who have entered into correspondence on the subject have added little to the discussion. The controversy was begun by a contributor, who had very definite views, with which we did not altogether agree, but if the points at issue had been adhered to, it might have served a very useful purpose.

Teaching journals are clamouring that the general public do not take any interest in education. If to take an interest in education is to bring a hornets’ nest to one’s ears, then surely the invitation is a little ungracious.

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