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1913

Neglected roads

At Portumna District Council, Mr. Moran, Co. Surveyor reported: “Very little work has been done in your district during the quarter.

The gross quantity of material specified for all your roads is approximately 7,040 tons, and out of this amount, about 2,600 tons, or slightly less than 37%, has been laid down.

“With such a deficiency staring us in the face, and at a period of the year most favourable for work of the description, it is out of the question to expect much road improvement in your district, and this is principally the reason why we find bare and rough surfaced roads so plentiful in your district.

“The work of surface cleaning, so essential in bad weather, has been very much neglected in your district. It is astonishing how periodical cleansing helps to preserve a road, especially is such situations where drainage is naturally defective.

“A noticeable feature in the work of road maintenance in your district is the want of skill in doing surface work. For instance, in some cases, we find the high or ridgy portions of the road getting all the material, while the weak and depressed portions are neglected.”

Fountain vandalised

At the meeting of the Urban Council, the Town Steward (Mr. Molloy) reported that the fountain at Taylor’s Hill had been maliciously broken. He advised the board not to have the fountain repaired, as the breakage was a recurring one.

Replying to Mr. Faller, Mr. Molloy said it had been broken six months ago.

Chairman (Mr. P. Curran): The people in the vicinity, for whose convenience it was erected, ought to look after it.

Mr. Faller, on being informed by the Town Steward that the cost of the repairs would be 3s. or 4s., moved that it be repaired again, and in the event of it being broken during the ensuing 12 months, that they have nothing more to do with it.

Mr. M. Redington, in seconding the motion, said he believed the people in the vicinity had nothing to do with the breakages, and if they did not repair the pump, it would mean causing a great hardship on innocent people.

1938

Ashford Castle to be sold

Ashford estate, Cong, part of the property of the Iveagh Trust, definitely is to be sold, Mr. Baker, private secretary to the Hon. A.E. Guinness, told a Connacht Tribune representative.

“It is with great reluctance and regret that Mr. Guinness had to adopt this course, but several things had to be taken into consideration.”

Mr. Guinness is not the owner of the estate. It is the property of the Trust, and since he took it over it never paid for itself. There are one hundred and fifty employees.

Some portions of the woods were cut at times for the purpose of replanting, but the amount realised for the timber cut would not even pay for the replanting, Mr. Baker said.

There was “constant trouble” there from some of the residents and the employees, he added.

Since the preliminary notice appeared in the Press, there have been numerous enquiries for particulars of the estate, and a booklet giving these in detail will soon be available.

Road collapses

Coming as an aftermath of the previous week’s storms, heavy rainfalls swept over Connemara during the weekend and there was considerable flooding in places. The late ‘bus leaving Clifden on Saturday night met with several floods across the road on its route to Galway.

On Monday, while a motor lorry belonging to Messrs. McNally, contractors, Galway, was passing out by a ‘bus at Shanahilla, Recess, the rain-sodden road collapsed under it and the lorry was thrown over on its side in a field about four feet below the level of the road.

Passengers on the ‘bus rushed to the assistance of the lorry driver, Mr. Joseph Downey, whom they removed from the vehicle in a dazed condition.

Accidents such as the one mentioned serve to draw attention to the unsuitability of the Clifden-Galway road for heavy vehicular traffic – a fact which seems to have been completely ignored when the railway line was closed down and the G.S.R. Company was allowed to substitute ‘bus and lorry service.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of A Tale of Two Cities in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road, in February1998 were Cathal Cunningham, Michael Roche and Richard Curtin.

1923

Education is key

This week or the beginning of next, Irish boys and girls return to school. On the work that they do there during the succeeding years will largely depend the future of Ireland, for as the plant is bent, so shall the tree become.

Judged by the present day standard of ethics and conduct, something has been sadly lacking in the spiritual and secular training of the past.

Recently, a controversy – if it could be dignified with the name – has been running in the correspondence columns of the “Tribune”, on the future of education. It seems a thousand pities, if, indeed, it is not a definite national drawback, that intelligent men like national school teachers cannot discuss a subject that is of vital interest to them and their country in temperate language, without getting lost in a miasma of irrelevant abuse.

Yet it must be frankly and sadly confessed that those who have entered into correspondence on the subject have added little to the discussion. The controversy was begun by a contributor, who had very definite views, with which we did not altogether agree, but if the points at issue had been adhered to, it might have served a very useful purpose.

Teaching journals are clamouring that the general public do not take any interest in education. If to take an interest in education is to bring a hornets’ nest to one’s ears, then surely the invitation is a little ungracious.

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