Galway In Days Gone By

Children from Scoil na Trionóide, Mervue, Class 1C, pictured in December 1992. Back row (from left): Áine McDonagh, Sean Lydon, Niamh Staunton, Jacqueline Aherne, Gregory Lydon, Ursula Brady, David Reilly, Michelle Lee. Third row: Cliona O'Reilly, Maria Flaherty, Ciaran Murray, Rachel Walsh, Jonathan Roche, Jean Conor, Priscilla Mooney, Laura Wiggins. Second row: Darren Flood, Edel Fahy, Geraldine Flaherty, Andrea Moran, Eric Carr, Karen Ridgard, Alan Finnerty. Front row: Peter Hill, Jason King, Caitriona O'Loughlin, Keith Keogh, Aoife O'Gorman, Darren Fergus, Krystine O'Meara, Natalie Keogh. Teacher: Miss Walsh.
Children from Scoil na Trionóide, Mervue, Class 1C, pictured in December 1992. Back row (from left): Áine McDonagh, Sean Lydon, Niamh Staunton, Jacqueline Aherne, Gregory Lydon, Ursula Brady, David Reilly, Michelle Lee. Third row: Cliona O'Reilly, Maria Flaherty, Ciaran Murray, Rachel Walsh, Jonathan Roche, Jean Conor, Priscilla Mooney, Laura Wiggins. Second row: Darren Flood, Edel Fahy, Geraldine Flaherty, Andrea Moran, Eric Carr, Karen Ridgard, Alan Finnerty. Front row: Peter Hill, Jason King, Caitriona O'Loughlin, Keith Keogh, Aoife O'Gorman, Darren Fergus, Krystine O'Meara, Natalie Keogh. Teacher: Miss Walsh.

1919

A long way to Tipperary

The inconvenience caused to the travelling public as a result of the inadequate train service to Galway was described as abominable by the Chairman (Mr. J. S. Young) at Galway Urban Council yesterday when a deputation waited on that body relative to making representations to the railway companies concerning the matter.

Mr. Philip O’Gorman, as spokesman of the deputation, said the matter was one of serious concern to the City. While they recognised the train service between Galway and Dublin was satisfactory the same could not be said of the service as between Galway and the South and South-East of Ireland.

At the present time, travellers from those districts, including women and children coming to Salthill, are unable to reach Galway until after midnight, and on the return journey it was necessary to leave Galway at 7.50 in the morning, wait four or five hours in Athlone, and arrive home at a late hour in the evening.

But worse still remained to be said. To go or come from say, Tipperary, to any part of Connemara is a two days’ train journey.

Island epidemic

A side-light on the plight of the islanders of Aran during the recent influenza epidemic was revealed at Galway Board of Guardians on Wednesday when Mr. M. J. Cooke presided.

Dr. O’Brien, Kilronan, Aran Island, wrote that for the past month there has been an outbreak of influenza in the district, of a virulent type. The district much handicapped for lack of a nurse or attendant.

Whole families are stricken down without even a single person to hand them a drink. Several deaths have occurred, and there is no sign of a diminution of the number of cases. Is it possible to get a nurse or attendant from Galway? The disease is universal and there is no neighbour to lend a hand.

The Rev. Father Farragher, P.P., wiring on April 2 said: “Can you do anything? Flu making havoc. Three funerals to-day. Assistant doctor and nurse desirable.”

Farm labourers’ strike

Last week a number of farm hands employed on the Sir Henry Burke estate at Marble Hill struck for an increase of wages.

A man named Ryan who returned to work during the strike, was set upon a few days afterwards by, it is alleged, his co-workers, who waylaid him in the broad daylight, and inflicted serious wounds on his head and body.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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