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Galway in Days Gone By

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The 1960s Galway Intermediate Hurling Team. Back row, from left, Johnny Callinan, Pat Quinn, Martin Broderick, Jim Daly, Ambrose Gordon, Joe McTigue, Kieran O’Connor, Fintan Connaire, Noel Thomas. Front row, from left, Michael Lynch, Joe Cunniffe, Mike Curtin, Mick King, Paddy Shields, Andy Furey, Jim Donohue.

1919

Unlawful assembly

A Special Court was held on Saturday at Eglinton-street barracks, Galway, before Mr. J. B. K. Hill, R.M., at which Patrick Coyne, Michael Joyce, and MI. Brown were charged with unlawful assembly at Cornamona on the 16th December, 1918. – Captain James J. Duffy, D.I. Oughterard, prosecuted, and Mr.  L. E. O’Dea, solr., Galway, defended.

Miss Ferney E. O’ Sullivan, residing with her mother in the Post Office, Cornamona, stated that on polling day, at about 8.15 on that night, she saw a crowd of 80 coming from the direction of the polling booth towards Cornamona.

When the crowd came opposite our house, she continued, Patk. Coyne, of Carrick West, who was leading, shouted: “Halt; right turn; Up Padraic! And to hell with the Redmondites.”

Pk. Lowry, Cornamona, came to our gate and shouted, to h– with the Government.”

Let him (meaning my brother, Charles) come out now, and we’ll tear him asunder, the bloody —-,”

Patk. Joyce, Cornamona, carried a lighted torch with which he attempted to set fire to some straw, my mother’s property. He also tried to set fire to a bush in our garden.

Michael Joyce, shouting wildly, called on us to come out, and he would tear us asunder, saying: “To h–  with anyone that would side with the Government.”

  1. Brown boohed and shouted into the house in a threatening manner. The crowd marched up and down by our house several times, threatening us, and a stone was thrown with great force into the house by some person in the crowd.

We were very much afraid, and my mother asked my brother Charles to fire a revolver shot in the air to frighten the crowd, and he did so.

There were afterwards more boohing and shouting, and cries that they would murder us if we came out.

Mr. O’Dea said his clients were at a disadvantage, not having time to get witnesses, as they had been arrested and brought in by motor car from Cornamona.

Mr. Hill decided to adjourn the case and the three prisoners were allowed out on bail to appear at the next court.

1944

Impossible to bake

Explanation is now forthcoming of the difficulty in home baking with the new flour to which reference has been made in this paper on several occasions. It has become, in fact, virtually impossible to bake with it.

A pot oven cake, in which the usual ingredients, including bread soda, have been used, has a queer trick of becoming smaller rather than larger in the oven, very much to the amazement of the housewife.

We have been conducting enquiries into this phenomenon and now learn from a very authoritive source that there is a marked shortage of acids in the new flour and that the use of bread soda, which is alkaline, only makes matters worse.

For the present, therefore, bread soda should not be used.

The housewife should be certain also that the milk used is fully soured and if Cream-of-Tartar or other highly acid material can be obtained, it should go far towards solving the problem.

The Research Bureau and the Department of Supplies are endeavouring to find ways and means of overcoming the problem and hope to find a solution.

Vandalism is rife

While on the one hand the preparation of plans is about to be undertaken to indicate how a “city beautiful” may emerge from the Galway of to-day, on the other, a wave of vandalism is destroying all that has been done in recent years to make the city a more pleasant place, and is depriving the people of amenities which have been provided at considerable expense to the rate-payers.

A sprit of destruction and theft of public property is rife in Galway, according to a report which has been submitted by Mr. J. S. Carroll, B.A.I., Borough Surveyor, to Mr. C. I. O’Flynn, Co. Manager.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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