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Galway In Days Gone By – A Browse through the archives of the Connacht Tribune.

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1913

Gigantic caravan

The advent of a huge motor caravan to Mr. Ward’s fully equipped modern garage at noon today attracted a considerable amount of public interest. The imposing outlines and build of the car were viewed by an admiring crowd, and the spectator was at once struck by the perfect workmanship, as well as the evident indications of strength and durability which it displayed.

On the invitation of the courteous owner, Mr. Albert Fletcher, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, our representative entered the caravan. The outward appearance of the van conveys no idea, though fitted with cut-glass windows, of the sumptuous appointments of the interior.

It reminded one of a railway corridor carriage, but the latter is not provided with all the comforts of a miniature hotel. A coal stove is fitted at the side of the car, and there is every sanitary convenience. Lockers are arranged at the sides and a compact little pantry is provided.

There are six beds of bunks, and the car throughout is lit with electricity, made as the car is in motion.

“It is simply a pleasure tour,” said Mr. Fletcher. “I am accompanied by six gentlemen, including the chauffeur. We have already visited Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, Portrush, and around the coast to Galway.”

“What do you think of Irish roads?” he was asked.

“All I have seen up to the present at any rate, are very poor compared with the English roads. We had a terrible job to get from Cong here. We shall stay a month touring Ireland,” he said.

 

1938

Black with visitors

Sunday, the warmest day experienced in Galway this summer, brought record crowds of visitors to the West. The beaches all along the coast from Salthill to Tully were black with people. A conservative estimate of the number of bathers at Furbough beach would be five thousand.

Galway families intending to pass the heatwave at Barna and Furbough found the strands already overcrowded and were compelled to proceed further afield to Spiddal and Knock.

Two special trains arriving in Galway from Clonmel and Boyle on Sunday brought over eight hundred excursionists. In addition to the usual ‘bus service from Sligo to Galway, four special coaches carried over one hundred visitors to the city.

Most of the visitors, however, travelled in private cars, with which the roads were literally crowded. The Castlebar Troop Catholic Boy Scouts who are under canvas at Furbough, together with between thirty and forty private campers, helped to swell the crowds on the beaches on Sunday. There is also a full attendance of students at the Pearse College, Spiddal.

Never since the inception of the Irish Tourist Association has Connemara reaped such a bountiful harvest from the tourist industry as it is reaping at the moment.

Last year’s season was considered good, but this year’s has broken all records. Since the beginning of July, visitors have been pouring into the area in buses, chars-a-banc, private motor cars, on motor bicycles, push cycles and on foot.

The capacity of the hotels have long since been overtaxed, even when sitting-rooms, dining-rooms and even bathrooms were pressed into service as sleeping quarters.

It was midnight on Tuesday when visitors arriving on the 9pm bus in Clifden had found temporary sleeping accommodation in private houses, whose owners were prevailed upon to take them in for the night.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

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A winner at Ballybrit in July 1964 is led back by its owner and connections.

1922

Civil War impact

Had Ireland enjoyed the blessings of peace this year, the summer and autumn of 1922 would have stood out in our annals as a period when we had entered upon the first stages of real prosperity and welcomed the Irish from overseas to the shores of a free land.

Thousands of Americans came in the earlier part of the season. They had wallets full of money, which they were willing and anxious to spend amongst the people of their own land. To their dismay and keen disappointment, they found Ireland in a state of war.

A holiday in the ordinary sense was out of the question. Many of them turned to the highlands of Scotland; others went to Oberammergau, and other parts of the Continent; some turned westward again.

The daily Press has been full of the impressions of these visitors. Some of them had gone through experiences which tinged these impressions with rankling bitterness. We can imagine what they will say when they return home!

Ireland has lost by this fratricidal strife morally as well as materially, and the tragedy is that the loss has yet to be fully accounted, and that it comes upon a nation that has just secured its freedom after a struggle of centuries and at a time when we need all the wealth and work we can secure for national reconstruction.

It is now a matter of doubt whether Galway race meeting can be held this year, as those interested are not keen on courting a failure that would lower the prestige that Ballybrit has won.

Wait goes on for light

The proposed scheme for electric lighting of the town of Athenry has been temporarily postponed owing to the present condition of the country. The proposed capital was to be £3,000, £2,100 of which was to be subscribed by seven directors, while the rest was to be got from shareholders. It is expected that the project will be re-mooted as soon as opportunity offers.

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Taking it all in at the Galway Races in 1964.

1922

Economic war

The Irish Minister for Local Government has issued letter to each parish priest and public representative calling attention to the fact that the operators of the irregulars assume more and more distinctly the character of war upon the economic life of the Irish people. Bridges are being broken and roads obstructed all over the country.

In many places the railways have been cut and traffic interrupted. Within the last few days sections of the canals have been drained off. Mr. Cosgrove says that these acts do not prevent the progress of National troops, do not even seriously impede the transport of military supplies.

They are effective only against the civilian population, preventing the proper distribution of flour, foodstuffs, causing generally great hardship and, in some cases, actual starvation; hindering the dispatch of livestock and farm produce into the customary markets and inflicting losses on the agricultural community.

The Minister goes on to point out the unemployment stagnation, and cumulative distress that must follow such acts, and declares that the economic weapon is being used to force the people to reject the Treaty and enter upon a hopeless and unnecessary war with England.

Gaelic revival 

If Ireland be wise, and her sons do not throw her back into a whirl of chaos and anarchy and lay her once more an easy prey to conquest, the Gaelic revival is assured within the lifetime of the present generation.

Our children will soon be using their own tongue as the medium of learning the arts and sciences: though it will be disclosed to them the knowledge of other peoples and lands, and of the things that concern their own.

Our Gaelic contribution on page two this week is an inspiring study. Apart from the material aspect that 560 teachers studying at local centres have in small measure compensated for the loss of the races, the fact has emerged that Galway can become the greatest centre of Gaelic culture in Ireland.

The ceilidhthe and scoraidheachta held at various centres have been the wonder and delight of our visitors, some of whom have come from the Capital of the “Black North” to learn their mother tongue at its fountain head.

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