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Tom Duggan as Jack with the Smurffs in a scene from the Renmore Pantomime during rehearsals in December1979 for the show, Jack and the Beanstalk. Front row (from left): Cliona Breathnach, Orina Belton, Leighanna Wright. Second row (from left): Orla Sandys, Aishling McCarthy, Clodagh Lynch, Olga Lynch, Fiona Duggan and Caraine Hughes. Back row (from left): Anne Casserley, Amanda Haverty, Judith Higgins, Emer McCarthy, Sinead Dunleavy and Nessa Cawley.

1918

Red Cross appeal

The question is now being frequently asked, “Now that the war is over, is there any real necessity for the continued support of Red Cross”? The answer is, “The need for funds is greater than ever.”

Red Cross work will continue for at least another twelve months. Casualty lists since last March have been terribly heavy, and consequently the requirements of the wounded men are greater than they ever were. The resources of the Red Cross Societies will be taxed the utmost, especially so as for some months last they have been spending at the rate of £20,000,000 a year more than their income.

In addition to the support needed for transport, hospitals, supplies, etc., there will be the cost of demoralisation, with its many problems. A generous public has enabled the organisation to be built up and maintained, and an appeal is made for further liberal support for the relief of the sufferings of the maimed and broken men.

Influenza spreads

Reports of an alarming character reach us of the grasp which the influenza epidemic has made on several districts west of Galway City. Several families are stricken down in neighbourhood of Oughterard, Moycullen and Spiddal.  Dr. Kennedy O’Brien, medical officer, Oughterard, who has been in constant attendance on cases for several weeks, has reported to the board of guardians of that union that there are twenty-five cases in the hospital.  In the institution itself the cook and wardsmaid are stricken, while Nurse Ely also contracted the epidemic. She had to requisition two additional nurses. At the recent meetings on the various boards of guardians in the county the expense which the epidemic has incurred threatens to fall heavily on the rate-payers.

In Oughterard Union some weeks ago a substitute for Dr. Hearne, who also is a victim, was appointed at the fabulous fee of fifteen guineas a week.

1943

S.V.P sends S.O.S

Following the example of Dublin and other centres, the Galway Conferences of the St. Vincent de Paul Society convened a public meeting on Wednesday night for the purpose of securing greater support and opening a public subscription list.

The great work done for the poor of the city during the past year was described by Alderman J. F. Costello, P.C., Mayor of Galway, who presided at the meeting, which was held in the Chamber of Commerce, and attracted a representative attendance.

In a letter enclosing a cheque for £125, His Lordship, the Most Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway, wrote: This winter bodes ill for the poor because of the high price of food and the dearness and scarcity of clothing.”

Gender equality

That the two big political parties in this country had gone away from the spirit of the 1916 Proclamation, which guaranteed equal rights to all citizens, and that their treatment of women was but one more manifestation of the fact, was alleged by speakers at the inaugural meeting of the Galway Branch of the Irish Women Graduates’ Association in U.C.G. on Saturday night.

Mrs. S. O’ Doherty, President of the Branch, who occupied the chair, impressed on graduates the desirability of joining the Association, the annual subscription to which was 5s. She pointed out that the views to be expressed at the meeting did not necessarily represent the policy of the Association; the views were to be given under the aegis of Freedom of Speech.

Mrs. J. Burke said that although women now were free to enter a number of professions much remained to be done to secure decent conditions for them in those professions.

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Work underway building St Pat's Boxing Club in Bohermore in June, 1971.

1919

Shipbuilding in Galway

A well-known London syndicate of shipbuilders which has recently established the industry on a considerable scale in Swansea, is anxious to secure a site for a shipbuilding yard on the west Coast of Ireland.

The name of Galway has been mentioned and we are led to understand that the Company would come to Galway if it was given an encouragement to do so.

Should Galway Harbour Board express the readiness to provide facilities and afford a site, negotiations will immediately be opened, and should those be successful, the work of erecting a yard would be begun almost at once.

Showing at The Victoria

There will be no lack of attractions at the premier picture house next week. It is a good while back since there was a “visit” from Queenie Thomas. No daintier and cleverer film actress ever stood before the camera, and she will take the chief role in a superb picture, entitled, “It’s Happiness that Counts,” on Sunday night.

The “Circus King,” such a favourite with those fond of thrills, will finish up on Monday and Tuesday nights, when its last episode will be screened.

On those nights, too, will open a great new serial, “The Silent Mystery.” It will be well worth seeing the first episode to learn of its enthralling plot.

Arms raid

Between eight and nine o’clock on Sunday night a raid for arms took place at the house of Lieut-Colonel Bernard, Castlehackett, near Tuam.  A party of nine or ten masked men entered, went to the butler and demanded to be shown where the guns were, and threatened him.

He gave them a shotgun. They also went to the gardener, Jackson, and made a similar demand, and were supplied by him with another gun.  The raiders took away about thirty rounds of ammunition, and it is said that they came across money which they did not take, saying it was guns they wanted, and adding that they would return them safely when they got their own back.

Lieut-Colonel Bernard is in England at present. The police are diligently pursuing inquiries into the matter, but so far no arrests have been made.

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John and Paul Colleran were winners in the Most Original section of the Galway Swimming Club Fancy Dress competition in January 1965.

1919

Lady candidates

Already the shadow of dissolution is upon them. Shrewd strategists are busy delivering election addresses to the reporters, so that they may pass on to office in the new body corporate.

But they will have to pass through the sieve of Proportional Representation; and the returning officers who were instructed on the new system at the Town Hall on Wednesday to declare it to be a Chinese puzzle.

This is not a hopeful beginning. As one optimistic returning officer put it, “We shall muddle through, and elect the new boards anyhow”. It is due to those who planned P.R. to say that it is not an “anyhow” method, but one which aims at securing representation for every section of the electorate.

In Sligo that result was admirably achieved; in Sligo they had the advantage of the P.R. officials, and these gentlemen in the coming contests must perforce delegate their duties to others.

“But these duties are simplicity itself,” they say. “Wait and see,” avers to our lectured returning officers. At any rate, the coming elections will provide a much bigger test in the great experiment than did Sligo. And already P.R. has given courage to new forces who have hitherto been practically unrepresented in Irish local government.

At least four lady candidates are spoken of. Certainly no body that has to do with the health and welfare of the community could be considered complete without women. Who knows better than the mother the trials and tribulations of the poor, and the need for decent conditions in the community?

Irish question interest

The Irish-American Press is once more freely entering this country. It reveals beyond a doubt that the Irish question to-day bulks large in American politics, and that Irish nationalism, as given expression to at the last general election, possesses a powerful and unsleeping organisation in the United States.

Smug English politicians who talk about “settling Ireland,” as if the fate and fortune of a nation were a mere matter of exchange and barter, might peruse the pages of some of the champions of Irish nationality published in the States with considerable profit.

Untrammelled by D.O.R.A., fearless of suppression, their writers speak with a candour that does not mince matters. Ireland is described as “a nation bound and gagged,” and Mr. Lloyd George as a “quack” who is merely fooling Ireland.

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Gay Byrne, who died this week, pictured with his wife Kathleen Watkins and daughter Crona at the Oyster Festival in 1966.

1919

Notes for farmers

Close students of the agricultural press, and of similar publications of countries which are Ireland’s competitors in the agricultural produce markets, cannot fail to have been impressed by the intense interest that is being displayed in these countries in every method which will assist in obtaining better results from farming.

The dominating impression is one of thirst for knowledge, keenness, and co-operation with all agencies working for improved methods, and is an indication of the competition that may be expected when present trade hindrances are removed.

Irish farmers, however, have already at their disposal systems of scientific instruction, 2nd investigation, as well as tested results, and need have no fear of the result of such competition, if they will only utilise the means provided, and co-operate in a spirit similar to that animating the farmers of other countries by adopting the methods which have been commended to them, and applying the lessons taught by the scientific experiments conducted during the past 20 years.

Senseless act

Two large plate-glass windows in the premises of the Co-operative Store at Forster-st, Galway, were smashed at 4.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Those living in the vicinity heard the crash at that hour. The perpetrators of this senseless and unprovoked outrage did not go far to seek for the weapons they made use of.

The planks of the scaffolding that was used in connection with the repairs to the building were at hand, and it was these they used in breaking the windows. A large lamp, which was hanging inside one of the windows, was also smashed.

The act has aroused universal condemnation in the town.

At the meeting of the Urban Council yesterday (Thursday), Mr. Rabbitt proposed a motion condemning the outrage. – Chairman: It is a shame. But that is the way they are going to make a great country of this – smashing windows and committing outrages. It is a grand thing.

Mr Rabbitt: It gives the town a bad name and it is no good to anyone.

Chairman: It is a shame, and a cowardly thing to do, and nobody would do it but a blackguard.

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