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

Enda Cunningham

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1913

Boarding-out kids

The suggestion that a ladies’ committee should be elected to supervise and control the boarding-out of poor children, compelled to seek a home at the expense of the rates, was made by Miss Fitzgerald-Kenny, L.G.B. Inspector, in a report read at a meeting of Galway Board of Guardians.

Miss Kenny said there were no children at present boarded-out within the limits of the Union, the reason being the difficulty of finding foster parents to take charge of children at home.

This seemingly insuperable obstacle would be overcome if an energetic boarding-out committee of ladies were appointed to seek out foster homes and selected the child suitable for each.

Boarding-out beyond the Union was strongly advocated by all who were familiar with this means of dealing with workhouse children; by it, the children were removed from contact with undesirable or worthless relations, and were set free from all connection with the workhouse.

At the same time, delicate children might thrive in the home Union, especially when healthy seaside homes were to be found. Referring to the difficulty of boarding-out children of 15 and upwards away from the Union, Miss Kenny said that Father Conway, P.P., Glenamaddy, had told her that he had received a good deal of trouble in this connection.

1938

Galway break Kerry bogey

In an amazing game with an even more amazing climax, Galway footballers on Sunday won for the third time for their county, the Blue Riband of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

The game was remarkable not only by reason of the fact that it was the first occasion on which Kerry were defeated in a replayed All-Ireland final, or by reason of the fact that Galway won against the run of play, but also for the fact that before the end, the pitch was invaded by Galway and Kerry supporters alike to congratulate Galway on their victory.

The crowd, thinking that the game was over when the referee, Mr. Peter Waters, sounded his whistle for a free to Kerry, rushed on to the field. The field had to be cleared, and then it was discovered that only three of the Kerry players were left on the pitch with the Galway men.

The Kerry team were recalled, but it was stated that many of the players, believing that the game was over, had already left Croke Park and were on their way to their hotel in the city.

The game finished Galway 2-4 to Kerry 0-7.

Galway: Goal: J. McGauran. Backs: M. Connaire (full); M. Raftery (right); D. O’Sullivan (left. Half-backs: R. Beggs (centre); F. Cunniffe (right); C. Connolly (left). Midfield: J. Dunne (Capt.); J. Burke. Wings: J. Flavin (right); M. Higgins (left). Forwards: R. Griffin (centre); M. Kelly (full); E. Mulholland (right); B. Nestor (left). Subs: M. Ryder; P. McDonagh.

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Gay Byrne, who died this week, pictured with his wife Kathleen Watkins and daughter Crona at the Oyster Festival in 1966.

1919

Notes for farmers

Close students of the agricultural press, and of similar publications of countries which are Ireland’s competitors in the agricultural produce markets, cannot fail to have been impressed by the intense interest that is being displayed in these countries in every method which will assist in obtaining better results from farming.

The dominating impression is one of thirst for knowledge, keenness, and co-operation with all agencies working for improved methods, and is an indication of the competition that may be expected when present trade hindrances are removed.

Irish farmers, however, have already at their disposal systems of scientific instruction, 2nd investigation, as well as tested results, and need have no fear of the result of such competition, if they will only utilise the means provided, and co-operate in a spirit similar to that animating the farmers of other countries by adopting the methods which have been commended to them, and applying the lessons taught by the scientific experiments conducted during the past 20 years.

Senseless act

Two large plate-glass windows in the premises of the Co-operative Store at Forster-st, Galway, were smashed at 4.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Those living in the vicinity heard the crash at that hour. The perpetrators of this senseless and unprovoked outrage did not go far to seek for the weapons they made use of.

The planks of the scaffolding that was used in connection with the repairs to the building were at hand, and it was these they used in breaking the windows. A large lamp, which was hanging inside one of the windows, was also smashed.

The act has aroused universal condemnation in the town.

At the meeting of the Urban Council yesterday (Thursday), Mr. Rabbitt proposed a motion condemning the outrage. – Chairman: It is a shame. But that is the way they are going to make a great country of this – smashing windows and committing outrages. It is a grand thing.

Mr Rabbitt: It gives the town a bad name and it is no good to anyone.

Chairman: It is a shame, and a cowardly thing to do, and nobody would do it but a blackguard.

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A group of youngsters at the Kinvara Sports Day in 1970.

1919

Tuam en fête

Tuam was en fete on Thursday and Friday nights when the majority of the people turned out to receive Messrs. M. Dwyer, T.C., Chairman, Tuam Guardians, and Mr. M. J. Hoey (who had been released from Derry jail). Elaborate preparations were made from Mr. Hoey’s reception and the town was one mass of illumination.

At the meeting in the Town Hall on Friday night, Mr. G. Guy, solr., said: We had the great pleasure a couple of nights ago of welcoming back an old patriot, Michael Dwyer (applause), but to-night is if anything a still more pleasing occasion because it is in the nature of a surprise.

Mr. Hoey has been released several months before his time. He has not been released through any clemency or kindness on the part of the Government, I needn’t telly you (applause). He has been released as the result of a hunger strike (applause) and simply because they were afraid he might die in their hands like Tom Ashe died (applause).

During the years Mr. Hoey was here in Tuam he was always known to be a respectable, well-conducted Irishman, but he committed the “crime” of taking an active interest in his country (applause).

For that “crime” he was sent to jail for twelve months, and not only was he sent to jail for twelve months but he got twelve months’ hard labour like any common scoundrel or rogue.

Mechanics’ strike

From an obscure quarrel between men and master, in which two motor mechanics, one motor driver and one cycle mechanic were involved, the dispute at Messrs. Bailey’s Motor and Cycle Works, Eyre-square, Galway, has been forced under public notice this week by a liberal display of placards on dead walls and even outgoing vans and lorries, and by a guard of pickets comprising of the disgruntled employees which marches to and fro opposite the shop and garage.

The placards, which are prominently displayed on the breasts of the pickets announce, “We demand a living wage” and “Strike still on at Bailey’s Motor and Cycle Works, Eyre-square, Galway.”

The increased activity on the part of the men was heralded by the visit to Galway of Mr. Liam Slattery, the Organiser of the Irish Automobile Drivers’ and Mechanics’ Union, who declared at Tuam on Thursday, as reported on Page 7, that the conditions under which motor men in that town worked were “enough to make anarchists, let alone trades unionists of them.”

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Pupils from St Ignatius College, Galway, who received the Red Cross (Water Safety Section) certificates for proficiency in water rescue techniques in the Rosary Hall, Taylor's Hill, in December 1965. Seated, from left: Michael Henderson, Fr. Griffin Road; Diarmuid O'Driscoll, Sea Road; Michael Cunningham, Dangan. Standing, from left: Patrick Murphy, Salthill; Patrick McCarroll, Threadneedle Road, Salthill; and David Cunningham, Dangan.

1919

Ban on public gatherings

The proclamation of the 20th of last month banning fairs, markets and public assemblies in four electoral divisions of the rural district of Portumna still remains in force.

Representations and protests have been sent to the Government in authority demanding the withdrawal of this unjust and iniquitous order from the localities named and each have received the stereotyped reply, “They regret circumstances do not permit even the holding of a market or fair.”

The fair on the 17th October was banned, thereby causing serious loss to the traders of the town and grave inconvenience to many owners of sheep and cattle for miles around Portumna.

It is a well-known fact that the October fair in Portumna comes next to the great Ballinasloe fair in the West, buyers coming from the great sheep and cattle centres of Ireland to make their winter purchases.

Those people varied the quality of stock they received, and year after year they were present in October and exchanged thousands of pounds in purchases.

Disgraceful scenes

Disgraceful scenes marked a hurling match at Athenry on Sunday between Craughwell and Galway (Thomas Ashe).

After the referee putting several players off the field a sort of general melee ensued and a number of players were hurt. Fleming, Galway, was badly injured, and had to be attended by Dr. Quinlan, being struck, it is alleged, in the stomach with a hurley by one of the Craughwell team.

Call to recognise union

Loughrea Town Commissioners at their meeting on Monday adopted a resolution calling on the directors of Banks to avert the threatened serious disorganisation of the business of the country by agreeing to recognise the Irish Bank Officials’ Association.

The resolution continued: “We are confident that the recognition of an Association such as this composed of gentlemen known as us all cannot be hurtful to any banking institution, but would tend rather to promote the good feeling that ought to exist between employers and the employed.”

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