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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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Rush hour traffic of a different kind in Bowling Green in February, 1991.

1919

Government raids

On last Friday morning a series of raids and searches for documents and ammunition was carried out all over Ireland on the houses of prominent Sinn Féiners.

In Galway – the raid started about 1 o’clock when parties of military, fully armed and wearing trench helmets, accompanied by some police, entered the Sinn Féin Hall at Prospect Hill, the offices of the “Galway Express,” and the houses of Mr. M. Walsh, Old Malt House, High-st., Mr. M. Flanagan, Merchants’-road, Mr. H. Shields, Francis-st., Mr. George Nicolls, solr., University-road, and Dr. Cusack, M.P., at Anglingham.

Only a few cards of membership and lists of names of members were taken away from the Sinn Féin Hall, and there was no incriminating document found in the “Express” Office.

A few cartridges were found at some of the houses visited, and these were taken away. The raid lasted about an hour. Although the news of the searches came as a surprise, very little interest was manifested in the proceedings by the public, and beyond a few passers-by, who now and then stood to have a look at the houses that were being raided, there were no on-lookers about.

In Clifden – Several houses were raided in Clifden, and Mr. W. A. Clancy, D.C., merchant and publican, was arrested, some ammunition, it is stated, being found on his premises. He is still in custody and will, it is presumed, be tried by court martial.

In Athenry – The houses raided in Athenry included those of Mr. Stephen Jordan, Davis-st., Mr. Larry Lardiner, Church-st., Mr. Jack Broderick, Mr. Christie Broderick, chemist, and the office of Mr. G. Nicolls, B.A., solr., at Murphy’s Hotel, Barrack-st.

As Mr. Nicolls was leaving for Galway, he was searched by the police, but nothing of a seditious nature was discovered on him. Nothing was found on the premises raided.

In Portumna – On Friday last, eight police visited seven houses in town and searched the houses and premises. Similar raids were made in the Abbey and Tynagh districts.

1944

Rigid censorship

Galway County Libraries Committee, at a meeting on Saturday, decided to have new books censored more closely in future, and the Censorship Committee were asked to meet once a month for this purpose.

The Committee unanimously adopted the annual report of the Co. Librarian, Mr. S. J. Maguire, on the working of the library. A copy of the report was published in the “Connacht Tribune” on August 19th.

Banks to blame

The rates of interest charged on loans by the banks were much too high and something should be done to get them reduced, Mr. R. M. Burke told the Galway County Council on Saturday. While the banks paid only one per cent. on money on deposit he believed they could easily reduce the rates charged to borrowers such as County Councils.

Houses could be let to tenants at lower rents if bank interest charges were lower – much of the money due on housing schemes was for interest on overdraft, he said.

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Prizewinners at the Athenry Sports on June 6, 1965. From left, Rita Cummins, Athenry; Breda Cahill, Derrydonnell; Frances Mulkerrins, Athenry; Mary Donohoe, Athenry; and Mary Monaghan.

1919

New era for Salthill

Recently there have been two interesting house purchases at Salthill for residential purposes, and Seamount, with its well-laid-out grounds, has been established as a modern hospital.

But the need has always existed for an up-to-date hotel that would provide good-class accommodation for guests, motor-trips and excursions, dancing and other amusements.

At one o’clock on Tuesday, September 23, Barfield, with its out-offices and lawn, which comprises a newly laid-out tennis court, and over two acres of ground, will be sold; and it has been suggested that it would provide the nucleus for an excellent hotel.

There are three large reception rooms, ten bedrooms of considerable size, and ample room for extension. The stables afford garage and other accommodation. If some enterprising hotel proprietor, or some local company were to purchase Barfield and enter upon the necessary improvements, it would inaugurate a new era in Salthill.

The resort can never achieve universal popularity until reasonable amusements are provided.

Winter shadows

Soon winter with its “grey despair”, will be upon us. Already, it casts its gaunt shadows. Mr. Cunningham forcibly reminded us of one of them at yesterday’s meeting of the Galway Urban Council.

Owing to the scarcity of winter feeding stuffs, he told us, people who formerly kept five milch cows were now only able to keep two. He suggested that the Government should be requested to facilitate the import of maize, cotton-cake, oil cake and other feeding stuffs; but Mr. T. C. McDonogh pointed out that feeding stuffs were being held up in Dublin through the Dockers’ strike.

Land War veteran dies

Sympathy has been expressed with Mr. James Stewart, the well-known building contractor, of Lower Salthill, Galway, upon the recent death of his father, Mr. Joseph Stewart, farmer, Kylenamelly, Woodford.

The deceased farmer had attained seventy-one years of age, and was one of the best-known champions of the tenants in the land war on the Clanricarde estate in the ‘80s. Evicted from his holding at Kylenamelly during the clearances thirty-one years ago, he never left the district, and after years of patient waiting, was restored to his old home about three years ago.

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1919

Hospital rations

At Saturday’s meeting of the Loughrea Board of Guardians, Mr. P. Cahill presiding, a letter was received from the hospital helpers drawing the attention of the Board to the fact that in the new scale of dietary fixed for them there were no potatoes allowed, and there had been no provision made for dinner on Friday.

They asked that an egg each be allowed for breakfast daily, and that 1 lb. of bacon in lieu of the same amount of beef, and half-1 lb. butter in lieu of margarine be allowed weekly. The board granted the application subject to the sanction of the Local Government Board.

Mrs. M. J. Killeen, matron, wrote: “Gentlemen, – I beg to remind you that about two months ago when my rations were about to be changed I asked you to leave them as they were, and your board unanimously agreed to do so. Now the Local Government Board want to cut them down by 3s. per week, which I will not on any account agree to.

There is not a matron of any workhouse in Ireland in the matter of having her bit of food bandied about and talked of treated as I am. When the curtailing of food was first agreed to during the war it was a different thing, but now that the war is over I cannot understand why my rations are being cut down, and I will go on hunger strike before I accept the change. This is final, but I wish to state that I do not blame the members of your Board, as, with a few exceptions, they have been invariably very kind to me.”

Galway Ford dealer

Mr. W. P. Higgins, of Galway and Athenry, has, as the advertisement we print this week indicates, been appointed Ford dealer for Galway city and county, so that anyone requiring early delivery of a Ford car should get into touch with him without delay.

Mr. Higgins informs us that over £1,000 worth of Ford spare parts will be stocked in his Galway garage.

Nursing fund

As a result of an auction of goods remaining over at Sandymount after the departure of the Belgian refugees from Galway, Ms. M. Burton Persse has forwarded £13 each to Nurse Young, of the Jubilee Nursing Association in Galway, and Nurse Campbell, of the Association for the Nursing of the sick poor in their own homes.

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