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

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1913

Irish Volunteers

A meeting of delegates from the various societies in Galway was held in the Town Hall on Sunday for the purpose of taking initial steps to form a branch of the Irish Volunteers in Galway.

The following societies were represented – A.O.H., U.I.L., Sinn Féin and the Gaelic League. A large number of University students were also present.

A resolution was unanimously adopted constituting the meeting into a Provisional Committee for the purpose of arranging the details in connection with the formation of a corps of the Irish Volunteers in Galway. It was also decided to get into communication with the promoters of the movement in Dublin.

Arrangements were made for a monster public meeting to be held on December 10 in the Town Hall, at which volunteers will be enrolled.

Lantern an heirloom

Constable McGlade summoned John J. Broderick for using a vehicle without a lighted lamp being attached.

The defendant had an old lantern fixed on to the cart, but in his opinion it had not boon used for seven years. It was kind of a decoy (laughter).

Defendant: It was a new lantern. Defendant’s mother appeared, and stated that the lantern was newly-bought by her husband in November. There was a great storm on the night in question, and the lamp went out at Boyhill. The constable had made a mistake.

Constable: I don’t think I have. Apparently that lantern is in the family for a generation.

Chairman: We will not go into the history or pedigree of the lantern. Whether it was a new or old is nothing to us. Fined 1s and costs.

1938

Salthill improvements

Plans for the development and improvement of the foreshore at Salthill, the removal of all loose boulders, the building of a reinforced concrete revetment wall, the provision of railings along the entire length of the promenade, the provision of a swimming pool, lavatories, seats and shelters, the laying of concrete roads and gravelled paths in Salthill Park, the provision of tennis courts, and a concrete pitch for amusements, terraced slopes, seats and shrubs in the park, and other improvements in the city, all at a cost of about £54,000, are contained in a report prepared by Mr. C.J. O’Callaghan, borough surveyor, and submitted to the Galway Corporation.

“I have considered the development and improvement of the foreshore at Salthill Promenade. At the present time, rock and loose boulders form some protection for the promenade wall. At low tides, the place is unsightly, and I propose that all loose boulders be removed and broken, and that existing rock be blasted away to under low tide level; that this rock be used as displacers in forming a reinforced concrete revetment wall at the base of the existing wall,” said the surveyor.

Kept home from school

Excuses offered to District Justice W.P. Cahill at Kinvara District Court, for keeping children at home from school during periods saving hay, raising the potato and beet crops, etc., were that labour was difficult to obtain this year, and owing to the unfavourable weather harvest work was backward and they were obliged to keep the children to help at home.

John Linnane, one of the parents summoned, said that on previous years it was easy to get labourers from Connemara. This year it was very difficult to get these labourers, as they were not visiting the district seeking work, and they were, it was believed, going lo England instead.

Being short of help, he kept the children at home from school a few days. For years previous to this year, he said, he always had Connemara labour with his crops. The Justice marked the summons against him ‘Cautioned’.

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

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Angela O'Keefe, Chairwoman of Music for Galway, pictured with a £16,000 Steinway grand piano just after it was delivered to University College Galway, ahead of its assembly in the Aula Maxima. Music for Galway fundraised to buy the piano which had to be transported from London after its purchase.

1922

Tackling drink

The International Congress on Prohibition sitting in Brussels reports that the liquor problem is substantially the same everywhere. In Ireland at present alcoholism has for us a tragic interest.

At no period in Irish history has there been so great a consumption of alcoholic liquors. Prohibition, even if it were practicable, would not solve the problem. America has taught us that lesson.

Scarcely a week passes that the American hospital registers do not record the death from alcoholic poisoning on a scale unprecedented before the country went “dry”.

The drink problem will never be successfully tackled in Ireland until such time as the public cooperate with the authorities in a rigid enforcement of the licensing laws and the drunkard is regarded as a pariah in a respectable community.

In this connection the announcement made at the last Galway parish court that persons found guilty of illicit distillation will be sent to jail without the option of a fine will be welcomed.

This is a step in the right direction and should act as a deterrent to people at present engaged in a traffic which is slowly poisoning the lives, in the moral as well as the physical sense, of large numbers of our people in outlying portions of the country.

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