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Galway In Time Gone By – A browse through the archives of the Connacht Tribune.

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1913

Portumna mystery

The disappearance of a respectable farmer named John Brooder from his residence, Church Hill, Portumna, has caused a great sensation throughout the district. He was a respected and an amiable man, and resided alone on a large farm for years. He was last seen in town on the 5th August.

Although the most careful search has been made during the last fortnight by the police, under the direction of District Inspector Harrison, aided by the local people, no clue can be got as to his mysterious disappearance.

When last seen, he had close on £50 in his possession, but latterly it has transpired that this is in safe keeping. The most sensational rumours as to his disappearance are being circulated, but there are no grounds for them. He was looked upon as a very harmless man, and universal regret is expressed fearing that he may have met an untimely end.

Mountbellew transport

We notice with pleasure that the movement that is successfully on foot in Mountbellew district, to form a society to work the motor service in the locality. In a district so far remote from any railway station, such a service is badly needed. The district the motor service is intended to work over is a rich one, and we venture to say that before many years those who are now slightly sceptical will wonder at the narrow-mindedness or want of clear thinking which gave rise to the scepticism.

1938

Bus inspector crashes

Edward Walshe, aged 23 years, a mobile bus inspector employed by the Great Southern Railways Company (Galway branch), was admitted to Galway Central Hospital at a late hour on Wednesday night last, suffering from terrible head and other injuries sustained when his motor-cycle crashed at Keleenlane, two miles outside Tuam on the Galway-Tuam road. His condition is stated to be critical.

Mr. Walshe, who is a native of Balllina, was returning to Galway from Tuam at about 10.15pm on Wednesday when, it is stated, three horses, chased by a dog, ran out from a side road in front of the motor-cycle. Mr. Walshe swerved to the right side of the road to avoid them, and had to swerve back again to avoid an oncoming cyclist. He lost control of the machine, which fell on top of him, pinning him to the road.

Footballers for Croker

A game Monaghan team which played spirited football to the end were unable to hold the western champions at Mullingar on Sunday, in the all-Ireland semi-final. Almost from the beginning it was evident that the Galway men would dominate the play, and the only point at issue was the margin which would lie in their favour at the end.

A powerful Galway defence broke up the Monaghan attacks. The Galway pair at centre were severely tested, but they generally got the best of the exchanges. The Monaghan defenders made a great stand, but were unable to break up many of the Galway attacks. It finished Galway 2-10 to Monaghan 2-3.

Fishing ‘goldmine’

“I believe there is a real gold mine in the waters off the West coast and I do not see why the fishing industry could not be operated successfully in the Twenty-six counties as well as in Northern Ireland,” said Mr. W. Craig Pollock, consulting engineer, Stormont, Belfast.

Mr Pollock’s interest in fishing is not just that of the ordinary man who sees in it a neglected industry. He is Convenor for the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Committee, a body organised for the purpose of establishing new industries in the North.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Orla McArdle, Leonie Ryan, Maeve Lohan, Sinéad Armstrong, Maria Lyons and Paul Ryan who were taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of 'Joseph' in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road on February 5, 1991.

1923

Training ex-soldiers

A meeting of the committee of Galway Technical Institute was held on Tuesday, Mr. Eraut presiding.

The secretary, Dr. Webb, stated that there was a deputation outside from the Galway Carpenters’ Society in reference to the offer made by the Ministry of Labour to the committee to have up to 100 ex-soldiers trained in the institute in various crafts from joinery to thatching houses and making tin cans.

The difficulty he foresaw in regard to the scheme was to train maimed ex-solders and for this the Ministry of Labour was willing to give the committee 15s. per head per week. It was a money-making scheme so far as that committee was concerned, and would result in bringing a good deal of money into the city, because there would also be certain allowances for the wives and dependents.

He estimated that it would mean something like £200 or £300 per week. It was a question for the committee whether they would provide these classes. He had inquired from an authoritative source whether the training of these men would be likely to interfere with the employment of the recognised carpenter, and he was informed in the negative.

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Taking part in the West of Ireland Bridge Congress at UCG in April 1983 were Phil Carey, Newcastle, Eileen Murphy, Taylor's Hill, Carmel Howard, Cross Street and Claire Burke, Salthill. This year’s Bridge Congress is taking place next week at the Ardilaun Hotel from February 3 to February 5.

1923

Islanders’ distress

A correspondent sends authentic particulars of distress prevailing in the Islands of Aran. There is extreme poverty in Inishmore, especially in Killeany; large numbers in the village are on the verge of starvation, kept alive by the charity of neighbours, with scarcely a healthy child amongst them.

The people own no land, notwithstanding that the Congested Districts Board has a large tract; they fish and labour when the former is profitable or practicable and when the work can be found. To-day they are without either.

Similar stories come from other island villages. Yet last October Mr. Blythe stated in the Dáil that £1,000 had been granted for the relief of distress on the islands. The money was placed at the disposal of the Galway Rural District Council, which refused to have anything to do with the scheme.

Accordingly, the grant was never made. It is alleged that the inhabitants of Inishmore have refused to pay rates, but islanders state in reply that rates were not collected for some two years, nor were demand notes issued. The whole position is so grave that it should be looked into without further delay, and we understand that all the circumstances have been referred to Deputy O’Connell for this purpose.

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Students Yvonne O’Byrne, Edel Comer, Janice Butler, Orla Casserley, Lisa Small, Sinéad Irvine, Emer Burke, Alva McManus and Ciara Hanley who took part in the Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, production of the musical 'My Fair Lady' at the Rosary Hall in January 1998.

1923

Narrow escape

A party of four men, who arrived in the village in a motor-car, engaged in a murderous attack on the barracks occupied by the unarmed Civic Guard at Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, about three a.m. on Wednesday.

Shots and bombs were fired through the windows, and some of the sleeping guards had narrow escapes from bullets, and subsequently had to dash through the petrol-inspired flames for safety.

The village is a peaceable one, and the Guards have recently been carrying out their work in it with quiet efficiency. During the recent warfare, there had been no disturbance in the neighbourhood.

The Guards retired as usual on Tuesday night, and about three a.m. on Wednesday morning they were awakened by the crash of rifles.

A moment later flames sprang up, and it was seen that the barracks had been sprinkled with petrol and fired. Bombs were first fired through the windows, then petrol was thrown in, and the place was set on fire.

The small body of four Guards found themselves compelled to seek shelter from the bullets, and then they had to make a dash to escape the flames that were springing up around them.

Sergeant Rodgers had an exceedingly narrow escape, a bullet grazing his head. Guard Grimes was sleeping beneath a window when it was broken and petrol thrown over his head.

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