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

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1913

Lighting survey

At the meeting of the Galway Urban Council, the Lighting Committee reported that they had inspected the lighting arrangements existing at Taylor’s Hill, Maunsells road, and Salthill. No change in the position of the light at the lower end of Taylor’s Hill was necessary, but it would be desirable to have a light placed outside Mr. Bolton’s place, as that particular spot was badly lighted.

Another additional light was required at the corner of Maunsells road, as the place was very dark at night. No light was needed at Salthill, but an electric heater was required in the latrine.

It was also recommended to change one of the lights on the New Line, and the erection of a light at Eyre Square, outside Mr. Ward’s garage.

Penny dinners

Rev. Father Eaton, C.C., St Joseph’s Parish, formally applied to the Council for the use of one or two of the houses at Henry street as a shelter for the serving of penny dinners during the winter months.

The object was a most deserving one, and he was confident that they would be generous enough to accede to his request, and that their action would only be a continuation of the good work they had been doing for some time.

He believed that in no city or town throughout the country had more been done for the housing of the poor than in Galway City. The houses would be used only for a couple of months, up to the time of letting. The Council agreed.

1938

Hiding in cupboard

How a Garda waited fifteen minutes in a licensed premises until a man concealed in a cupboard was forced to come out for air, was related at Galway District Court on Thursday, before District Justice Sean Mac Giollarnath, when James Lee, publican, Dominick-st., Galway, was charged with a breach of the licensing laws.

Garda Lynch said that during prohibited hours on October 16 he knocked at defendant’s premises, and was admitted after a delay of five minutes.

Having searched the premises, be noticed a cupboard under the stairs. The cupboard was locked, and witness asked defendant for the key.

Defendant replied: “I will never open that door for any guard, and the man who gave you information about that place had little to do. That place is a private press.”

Witness waited about fifteen minutes until a man knocked on the inside of the door. Defendant opened the door, and James Flaherty, Claddagh, came out. Flaherty told witness that he paid Miss Lee for a “pint”, but had not got it, and added, “I hope you will tell her to give it to me now, because I am feeling very dry.” Mr. O’Dea said his client was pleading guilty to the charge.

The justice imposed a fine of £1, and the man found in the cupboard was fined 5s.

Tourism boost

About ninety liners are expected to call at Galway Port next year. Seventy Cunard-White Star liners are scheduled to call during the year and about twenty Hamburg Amerika-North German Lloyd liners – the same number as in the present year – are expected. The total number of liners visiting the port this year is fifty-six, so that next year there will be an increase of about thirty-four.

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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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