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Galway in Days Gone By

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

Enda Cunningham

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1913

Insanitary conditions

At the weekly meeting of the Urban Council, the Local Government Board’s sanitary inspector reported that he had visited Nos. 1 and 2 dispensary districts. In the former, the housing for the working classes was good, but some of the tenements were not fit for human habitation. In the No. 2 district, the sewerage of Nuns’ Island emptied into the canal.

Mr. Binns: The sewerage discharges into the river.

Mr. Waters (sub-sanitary officer) said there was only one closet in Flood-street for five or six houses.

Mr. T.C. McDonogh: That is absurd.

Chairman: We should allow these people into the new houses.

Mr. Cunningham: That is the east ward and don’t say anything about it (laughter).

Mr. Young: The landlords should be approached on the matter and see that a second closet is erected.

Dock labourer insulted

At the City Petty Sessions, Mr. Wm. O’Halloran, Secretary of the Galway Labourers Society, prosecuted Martin Ryan, a bill poster, for abusive language on the 7th November.

Mr. Daly, who appeared to prosecute, said the defendant was creating disturbances among the members of the Union, and was continually abusing his client. However, they did not want the poor old man to be punished, and if he gave an undertaking to cease abusing his client, he would withdraw the case.

The first witness called was a member of the Union of Dock Labourers named Thomas Diviney, who said that on Shop-street, Ryan used some bad language towards O’Halloran. The language used would be likely to incite the labourers.

The Chairman asked the witness what words Ryan made use of on the occasion, and witness was understood to say that some remarks were passed about Mr. O’Halloran’s overall. Though the question was repeated, the witness gave no clearer version of what was said

Witness added that Ryan said he would turn O’Halloran out of the two and he would have the bells ringing (laughter).

As Diviney left the witness table, he said: “Ryan is always attacking the Union. He will go into the dock yet, if he does not mind himself.”

Mr O’Halloran said Ryan was in the habit of using very bad language towards him. His conduct on the 7th November was calculated to provoke a breach of the peace. He said he did not wish to press the case and asked the Bench to deal leniently with him.

Chairman: We will bind him to be of good behaviour for twelve months, himself in the sum of £5 and two sureties of £2 10s. each.

1938

Practically naked children

Medical evidence that three children, aged from one to four years, were poorly fed and generally neglected was given by Dr. John Nohilly at Dereen District Court, where a man from Tuam was summoned by Ms Monnelly, N.S.P.C.C., for neglecting his family.

Dr. Nohilly stated that he visited the house on October 12. He examined the three children, aged one to four years. They appeared to be poorly fed and were practically naked, not having sufficient clothing to protect them from the cold.

The bed clothes were scanty and there was no fire in the house and no sign of any turf there. He certified them to be removed immediately to the Children’s Home, as he did not consider they were properly kept. There was no food of any sort in the house, and the children had to be fed by the neighbours on that day.

Galway team travel

Galway Harbour Commissioners at a special meeting held on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by Mr. T.J.W. Kenny requesting the Gaelic Athletic Association to make arrangements whereby the Galway senior football team when travelling to America would leave from Galway port.

Proposing the resolution, Mr. Kenny said that he would like to congratulate the Galway football team on winning the All-Ireland title. They were all very proud of the Galway team’s wonderful achievement, and he would suggest that when the team were travelling to America, they should travel through their own port.

He was aware that the arrangements for the trip were made by the GAA in America, but he felt sure that if it were put to them they would agree to arrange for the team to leave from Galway. They were trying to put Galway on the map as a port of call and it would be a great thing if the team left Galway for America.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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Participants in the Eucharistic Procession pass through Eyre Square on June 20, 1965.

1920

Unparalleled turmoil

Even the long and tear-stained history of Ireland can find no parallel for the terrible happenings of the present week. Nearly forty people have come to violent and sudden deaths.

Sunday’s tragedies in the Irish capital and the sequel at Croke Park might well drive men who hope for, and long for, peace to utter despair. But courage is the quality that is required to-day, not despair – moral courage to point the path to peace and just dealing between man and man.

We live in the twentieth century of civilisation – though the surge of horrors that surround us might make it difficult to realise that fact – and God is in heaven. His Commandments still hold, though some of his people may forget them for a time. It is the duty of all men in authority to recall them so that the terrible passions of our time may subside and that a Godly peace may once more be promoted in our midst.

The tragedy of Father Griffin’s death stuck us more nearly than anything that has happened even in these days of horror. He was God’s anointed, the servant of the Prince of Peace. By the tradition and practice that governs all Christian peoples, he should stand as a man apart from the vengeful passions of the multitude.

During the recent riots in Londonderry, the one fact that lit up a sordid picture with a flame of light was that the violent mobs on both sides held their fire whilst the priests crept out from the side of the streets to succour the wounded, to console the dying.

And Fr. Griffin dwelt amongst us for two years. The little children of our streets knew him, and in many respects he was like unto one of these. All life lay before him in the most sacred, if not most responsible calling, that man can enter.

This was the man of whom the ghastliest story since the days of Cromwell has to be told. All who have hearts have been touched, all who have tears have shed them by his bier.

The funeral

Amidst scenes of most profound public sympathy and inspiring devotional expressiveness the remains of the late Rev. Michael Griffin were solemnly laid to rest beneath the shadow of the eastern wing of the Cathedral in Loughrea on Wednesday.

That feeling most intense has been aroused all over the county by the shocking tragedy was painfully in evidence. Nothing that has ever happened in the county in modern times has wounded the public conscience in such a way.

Popular to a degree, the deceased young priest was a man of much promise, full of personal charm and affability. The events of Wednesday will live long in the history of his native diocese. The position of his last resting place is one which must always attract the notice of the visitor.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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A view of Galway City captured from atop Galway Fire Station in 1979, taking in Wolfe Tone Bridge and some of Fish Market Square. The site of McDonogh's Fertilizers is now home to Jury's Hotel, while there have also been significant changes to the buidings on Quay Lane over the years.

1920

Workers for peace

English Labour, which appears to have found itself as impotent in the face of the mechanical Coalition majority at Westminster as the Irish Party found itself against Carsonism in the days of the Curragh revolt, has at last been afforded an opening towards making an effective bid for peace with Ireland.

The Irish Trades’ Congress this week accepted the British workers’ conditions of settlement, and noted that their teams, unlike those of British Ministers, leave no loopholes and are devoid of ambiguity.

Briefly, the British workers suggest that the present campaign of militarism against the Irish people should end; that a constituent Irish assembly should be elected by proportional representation, and that it should devise a constitution subject only to the safeguards of minorities and the naval and military interests of the British Empire.

It is a significant advance that democracies on each side of the Irish Sea find themselves not merely in agreement as to the methods by which peace may be brought about, but ready to translate these methods to action if the opportunity is given.

Older politicians, however, will not fail to register the initial criticism that when British parties are out of power, they are always ready to extend the hand of friendship to Ireland and to back up the gesture with promises that they cannot at the moment fulfil.

Witness to the case of Mr. Asquith who as Prime Minister in 1914 gave the lead in the doctrine that the Irish minority must continue to rule the majority and in 1920 when he is out of power, pours his anathemas upon his successors for carrying his policy to its logical outcome.

Nevertheless, we have not lost faith in a constitutional settlement. It must be obvious to all sane thinkers that sooner or later peace will have to be brought about by negotiation. The sword can never produce a settlement; only those who would recklessly ignore the lessons of history could hold with the doctrine that force can remedy a situation that has become intolerable.

There is a strong will to peace in Ireland to-day, and it is clear that the cumulative effect of the limited publicity that has been gained from present-day conditions in Ireland is having its effect upon English opinion.

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Galway in Days Gone By

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Over 100 locals had roles as extras in the production of The Quiet Man which was filmed at locations in Galway and Mayo, including Ballyglunin and Cong.

1920

Kitchen flogging

One of the most singular cases of flogging yet recorded occurred in Tuam on Saturday night (writes our North Galway representative).

About 11 p.m. a number of men with revolvers knocked at the house of Mr. Pk. Canavan, town clerk, Foster-place, and, finding the door open, rushed into the house.

Mr. Martin Canavan and some young men lodging in the house were sitting in the dining-room, and were about to retire for the night. Mrs. Canavan and her children were in bed.

According to an eye-witness’s account of the affair, there were fourteen or fifteen men in the raiding party. Some were dressed in overcoats and soft hats, and some wore Glengarry caps.

They ordered all in the room to put up their hands, and asked if the house was Cooney’s. Mr. Canavan said Cooney’s house was next door. He and the others were then searched, and a young man named McDonnell, a draper’s assistant was asked if he was a Sinn Féiner.

He said he had nothing to do with Sinn Féin. Then he was asked, “what about your confederates,” and he said he had no confederates. Two private letters from a sister and a brother were taken from him and read, but it does not appear that there was any references in the letters to anything political.

Mr McDonnell was taken out to the kitchen, stripped, and put across a sewing machine, and flogged with leather straps and buckles for about twenty minutes.

Mrs. Canavan came down to inquire what was wrong. She and Mr. Canavan protested against the treatment of Mr. McDonnell, a young man who had no act or part in politics.

She was ordered back upstairs. Her children screamed with fright. Those in the dining-room were asked “on their honour” if they had any gun or revolvers in the house, and on their stating that they had not, they were told to sit down. On leaving, the leader of the party turned back and bade them “good night.”

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