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

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1913

Hospital windfall

At a meeting of the Committee of Management of the County Hospital, Dr. Kinkead informed the Board that he had, a few days before, received a letter from Messrs. Faulkner and Co., solrs., Dublin, enclosing a cheque for £50 and stating that, by her will, the late Eleanor Mary Burke of Castlerea, bequeathed the sum of £50 for the purposes of the Galway Hospital, as well as one-third of the nett residuary of the estate.

The solicitors, in their letter, said they did not see any obligation to hand over the money to the Board of Management. It was left in his hands to do as he thought fit with the gift that had been dedicated.

Miss Burke, the letter added, had great confidence in him (Dr. Kinkead), and thought that it was he should administer the money. When the residue of the estate was ascertained, they would communicate with him again.

Mr. Lydon: May she rest in peace. I hope we will have other professors with such friends as you have had, doctor.

Dr. Kinkead: She was a patient of mine this time twelve months in the hospital, and it is on that account that she left the legacy. I have put the money in the Provincial Bank, so that you will know where to get it if anything happens to me (laughter). It would be better, however, to wait till the residue was ascertained.

1938

Harbour protest

“We should protest against this in the strongest possible manner. We are the local authority and we are the people it damaged.” This statement was made by Mr. E. Corbett, H.C., chairman, at the Galway Harbour Commissioners meeting, when the secretary (Mr. James Campbell) referred to a note which appeared that the end of a report in an issue of the “Irish Independent” last week to the effect that “No Atlantic liners call at Galway port during the winter.”

New Town Clerk

Mr. Christopher O Clearachain, B.A., Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, has been appointed town clerk and sanitary executive officer of Galway.

Ald. Miss Ashe: He has experience only since last March. It is good enough for us, because we could not expect to get a man for the salary offered. It is a d… shame not to give a proper salary. Mr Carrick: We proposed that he get a good salary. We had notice of motion to give him £500 per year and the Department turned it down.

Shantallow houses

Messrs. Blake and Kenny, solrs, to the Corporation, wrote in regard to the list of names and persons who held loan houses at Shantallow (junction of Maunsell’s road), and the decision of the Corporation to take over these loan houses through the courts, stating that a lot of expense could be saved is the loanees could be prevailed on to surrender possession voluntarily.

In another letter Messrs. Blake and Kenny referred to the decision of the Corporation to expend £30 on protecting derelict loan houses at the Shantallow-Maunsell’s-road junction, and the four derelict loan houses at Munster Lane.

The solicitors stated that, strictly speaking, it was not legal to expend public money on the protection of private property but having regard to the position in regard to these houses, they did not think the Corporation would get into any difficulties by taking steps to protect their securities.

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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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