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Leaving Certificate students from the Presentation Convent, Tuam, with their project showing the Old Fish Market at the Spanish Arch in Galway, which won them first prize in the senior section in the Old Galway Society Quincentennial Youth Preject in October 1984. They are: Martina Reynolds, Mary Burke, Marie Mohan (teacher), Maura Fallon and Una Burke.

1919

More than idealism

It is ridiculous to assume that the existing situation in Ireland is altogether the result of causes for which the Irish people are responsible. Yet many people affect to believe that political trouble can be referred entirely to such causes.

The Irish, they say, are too emotional, always rainbow-chasing after some impracticable ideals, given to race hatred, always “agin the law”, and in short endowed in every direction with a double dose of original sin.

It would help more to solve our difficulties if such people would try to discover for themselves whether there may not be more intangible reasons at the root of the matter. For there are such reason, rounded not on vague idealism or fanaticism, but on solid common sense.

If an Irishman say to you, “Why did Great Britain turn the Irish deficit into a surplus of many millions, and refuse to give Ireland some economic benefit by having a fair proportion of war taxation spent in Ireland on munitions?” What reply will you give him?

When an Irishman wonders how it is that Government subsidies can be given to trans-Atlantic lines running to ports in Great Britain; how an immense train-ferry port can be established in an English marsh within a few months; how vast reconstruction schemes can be devised by the Government for the benefit of Great Britain; how in the middle of a world-war, mighty educational reforms can be effected for Great Britain; how British trade and currency can be protected and fostered in every way, while all the time Ireland, which is contributing through her huge surplus taxation to all these benefits and reforms, is unfairly excluded from participating in them, is he to be satisfied with the explanation that his idealism, and his Celtic imagination and other psychological eccentricities render it impossible to enable his country to participate in the material progress of the times?

1944

Pram price controls

The new Order controlling the price of second-hand perambulators, which comes into force on Monday next, will put them beyond the reach of the ordinary working man.

Actually, it is possible to-day to buy new perambulators, complete with all modern fittings, in Galway shops for less than the price that the Minister for Supplies has fixed for second hand vehicles.

Apparently the Order has been provoked by a spate of “pram” profiteering in Dublin where as much as FORTY-EIGHT GUINEAS has been demanded for new perambulators.

The Minister for Supplies has made and order to control the price of perambulators on and from February 7th.

Saved from destruction

The prompt action of two Gardaí on patrol at Barrack-st., at 11.50 p.m. on Friday probably saved the Loughrea Town Hall from destruction by fire.

Attracted by crackling sounds from within the Hall they summoned some neighbouring young men and after breaking a window they forced an entry and found the stage wings and projection screen enveloped in flames which, because of the stormy night, were spreading rapidly.

West is best for wool

Referring to the new prices for wool in the coming season, Mr. C. J. Kearns, President, at the annual meeting of the County Galway Sheep Breeders’ Society in the Agricultural Station, Athenry, on Wednesday, said that the Society had for years past being paying special attention to improving the wool of their stocks and were convinced that their wool now equals in quality that of any other breed in Éire, not even excluding the Oxford Down breed, and consequently should command equal price with the latter.

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Some of those confirmed at Kilmacduagh on May 6, 1970.

1922

Collins interview

Mr. Michael Collins told Mr. John Steele of the “Chicago Tribune” in an interview to which the romantic interest of the head of a new State attaches that he had just returned from the country where he had spent the week-end reading John Mitchell’s account of the American Revolution and the years following.

This might pass, he said, for a history of the present days in Ireland – “there are the same divisions, the same disorders, the same rebellious elements. America won thorough. So shall we.”

Following this optimistic note, the head of the Provisional Government told Mr. Steele that if Mr. de Valera and his followers refuse to cooperate to end the campaign of anarchy, then he is prepared to fight.

But it will not be civil war. It will be simply a police measure. “If this peace effort fails,” he is reported to have said, “then there will be no other. Every avenue of co-operation will have been explored, and we shall have to take strong action to restore order in the country. It is not an easy problem; for a revolutionary Government, in the nature of things, must take some account of motives. There is a lot of plain looting, robbery and violence going on.

“That is common criminality and must be punished. Also, there is a certain amount of commandeering from what, after all, is a patriotic, if misguided motive. That, too, must be stopped; but it requires a different method. Then there is the question of disarmament. There are too many guns in the country – uncontrolled guns, I mean – and they’ve got to be got in. a gun is a dangerous thing for a young man to have. Some day he may use it in a quarrel over a girl, or over a shilling, or over a word. That is one of the problems the revolutionary Government has got to solve, and is determined to solve, but it cannot be done in a day or two.”

He added that Irish people had the right to vote at an election, even if they voted wrongly.

Second bite of apple

The residence of Captain Gardiner, Lismanny, was raided by armed men on Saturday night and a Ford car taken.

It is stated that when visited some time ago, the car could not be taken away as it was out of order and the raiders had to content themselves by taking the wheels.

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County Galway dancers who won many trophies in competitions over two weeks in June 1967 pictured with their trophies in Eyre Square on June 26, 1967. From left: Breda Keedy, Ballinasloe, who won the shield for the single jig at Athlone Feis, Mary Kelly, Ballinasloe, who won the minor championship (under 11) at Athlone and the minor championship at Drumshambo Feis, Esther McGough, Tuam, who won the under 9 championship at Athlone and Rosemary Mannion, Gort who won the minor competition at Carrickedmund, Co Westmeath and the under 13 competition at Athlone.

1922

Raids and robberies

During the past week a regular epidemic of raids and robberies has taken place in and around East Galway, as a result of which considerable sums of money, jewellery, clothing etc. have been taken away from their owners.

In certain districts scarcely a residence has been immune from the midnight marauders who continue to pursue their nefarious deeds with unrelenting vigour, and in the present state of things, apparently, without fear of detection.

To the least observant, it is obvious that the parties who perpetrate these outrageous are a band who avail of the unsettled condition of affairs now existing, and all right-thinking persons, anxious for the restoration of normal conditions, will earnestly hope that peace will soon come to our distracted land so long torn by internal strife, and that there will soon be an end to crime which tends to disgrace a country once famous for its honour and chivalry.

Home raided

At two a.m. on Sunday morning the residence of Mr. John Cobban, a Presbyterian farmer living at Shanbally, about three English miles from Ballinasloe, was raided by a party of armed and disguised men who arrived in a motor car.

Entrance was affected by breaking a pane of glass in a window through which one of the party got in and opened the door for the others.

The raiders then searched the house, taking with them some jewellery, overcoats, £5 in cash, and a suit of clothes belonging to Mr. John Cobban, junr., and also his watch. Mr. Cobban is a Scotchman who has lived in the district for about fifty years.

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Brothers Tadhg and Mattie Ó Fatharta take a break for a cup of tea while gathering turf with their donkey Tony on Lochán Beag bog, Inverin, in October 1991. PHOTO BY JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY

1922

New houses at last

Galway is to have new houses at last! The forty-six ex-servicemen’s dwellings are to be erected at Fairhill. Mr. Patk. Dooley, the young Galway contractor, has been successful in securing the contract at, we understand, something like £550 per house against keen competition from Dublin, Cork, Limerick and other Galway contractors.

These houses will be built of concrete blocks, and the work of preparing these and the woodwork has already commenced. The employment which the work will give in Galway will be considerable, apart altogether from the important fact that the houses will provide healthy accommodation for a considerable number of people.

The contract is held from the Board of Works, which undertakes the scheme, and is prepared to build an additional twenty-two houses for ex-servicemen in Galway provided the land can be obtained, and to keep these houses in repair.

Galway has been fortunate in getting this scheme through despite some difficulties that arose. Indeed, few other towns in Ireland have been so fortunate. A considerable share of the credit is due to Mr. H. M. A. Murphy, the inspector under the housing scheme, and to Mr. M. J. Tighe, the Board of Works engineer who prepared the plans, and was instrumental in smoothing out a difficulty raised by the local authority in regard to sewage disposal.

Monies recovered

The sum of £87 odd, taken from the post offices at Ballygar, Caltra, and Castleblakeney was found on a man who was apprehended by I.R. police coming out from the Castleblakeney office.

He was placed under arrest, and on refusing to give his name or address, was detained. The money found on him corresponded with the missing sums taken from the offices and was given over by the I.R.P. to the Ballygar postmaster.

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