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1913

Shop boy fined

At the Galway Petty Sessions Court, Sergt. Reilly summoned George Trayers for cycling on the footpath at Lower Salthill.

The Sergeant stated that although the road was hard and dry, defendant was on the footpath opposite the Industrial School. He was a shop boy at Mr. Naughton’s, and said his brake was out of order.

Chairman: This is really too bad. The road in this spot is quite good enough, and there is no excuse. Defendant will be fined 5s. and costs.

Care orders

Sergt. McMullen applied for an order to admit a child aged three to an industrial school. He found the little girl wandering about unattended, and the mother, who was a widow and had five children, was quite unable to take care of them. Several of the children were in industrial schools.

His mother said she wished the child sent away.

Chairman: You are having nearly all your children supported at the public expense. Is there a vacancy, Sergeant?

Sergt. McMullen said there was, and the order required was made.

Sergt. Cunningham applied to have two little children, a boy and a girl, sent to a school at Letterfrack. The boy led a wandering life, and had slept in barns and pigsties. They were greatly neglected, and the father was reported to be addicted to drink. He had a small pension, and should contribute sixpence a week towards the support of each child.

1938

Election results

There were few surprises in the two constituencies of East and West Galway, and the result leaves the position as it was. The East Galway constituency will, as before, be represented by three Fianna Fáil deputies, including Mr. Frank Fahy, who was automatically re-elected without a contest by virtue of his office as Ceann Comhairle. Mr Mark Killilea and Patrick Beegan were also elected. Mr Sean Brodrick was returned on the Fine Gael ticket.

West Galway will be represented by the same three men – two Fianna Fáil deputies and one Fine Gael – Gerald Bartley, Dr Sean Tubridy and Mr Josie Mongan.

Bishop marriages plea

The Most Rev. Dr. Browne, Bishop of Galway, at a conference in the Mansion House, Dublin, made a strong plea for marriages and condemned the attitude that said marriage was a very dangerous kind of undertaking, only to be faced if one had an ample income.

At present, in many so-called Catholic schools, education was concentrated on getting a girl a job, while it ignored the really serious and honourable work for her life, which was motherhood.

They should not ignore the principal and most important duties which ninety-five percent of their children would have to shoulder and leave them unprepared, the Bishop declared.

He condemned “propaganda about the difficulties of farmers”, which was one of the things which he blamed for Ireland’s low marriage rate, and emigration, because, he said, it seemed to have given young Irish people a fixed conviction that there was something dishonourable about the land.

They were rushing away to the slums of England, thinking of nothing but the high wages of the moment.

In most rural districts of Ireland, the number of schoolchildren was diminishing steadily, he said, and the number of marriages had fallen in some rural parishes to only two or three in the year.

In many parishes, one-fifth of the farms were occupied by bachelors or old maids. The first essential condition for the preservation of good homes was the acceptance of the institution of Christian marriage.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

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Angela O'Keefe, Chairwoman of Music for Galway, pictured with a £16,000 Steinway grand piano just after it was delivered to University College Galway, ahead of its assembly in the Aula Maxima. Music for Galway fundraised to buy the piano which had to be transported from London after its purchase.

1922

Tackling drink

The International Congress on Prohibition sitting in Brussels reports that the liquor problem is substantially the same everywhere. In Ireland at present alcoholism has for us a tragic interest.

At no period in Irish history has there been so great a consumption of alcoholic liquors. Prohibition, even if it were practicable, would not solve the problem. America has taught us that lesson.

Scarcely a week passes that the American hospital registers do not record the death from alcoholic poisoning on a scale unprecedented before the country went “dry”.

The drink problem will never be successfully tackled in Ireland until such time as the public cooperate with the authorities in a rigid enforcement of the licensing laws and the drunkard is regarded as a pariah in a respectable community.

In this connection the announcement made at the last Galway parish court that persons found guilty of illicit distillation will be sent to jail without the option of a fine will be welcomed.

This is a step in the right direction and should act as a deterrent to people at present engaged in a traffic which is slowly poisoning the lives, in the moral as well as the physical sense, of large numbers of our people in outlying portions of the country.

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