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1913

Huge Volunteers turnout

The inauguration of the Volunteer movement in Galway was marked by scenes of unparalleled enthusiasm in the streets on Wednesday night.

Whether stimulated by genuine national sentiment, or by that glamour which invariably heralds the birth of a new movement, the citizens turned out en masse and took part in the proceedings in a spirit of whole-heartedness and spontaneity that was at once remarkable and auspicious for the success of the movement.  The streets presented an animated appearance shortly before 8 o’c, and the parade of the Pipers’ Band en route to the station was marked by extraordinary enthusiasm and loud cheering.

An open phaeton drew up at the kerb in front of the Railway Hotel, and a formidable bodyguard largely composed of University students, with lighted torches, took up their stand at the front and rear of the carriage.

The procession to the Town Hall, where the public meeting was held, was joined by a tremendous crowd, which quickly occupied every available foot of space in the Town Hall.

So large was the concourse — in fact, it has been described as the largest demonstration ever seen in Galway — that an overflow meeting had to be held outside the building, and the enthusiasm of those who followed the addresses without was indicated to those in the Hall by the frequent outbursts of applause.

The scene in the Hall itself was one to be remembered. The body of the Hall, as well as the galleries, was packed, and there was a very large proportion of ladies in the audience. The University students occupied the front rows of seats, and followed the proceedings with genuine interest.

Mr. George Nicolls, solicitor, occupied the chair, and the meeting was addressed by Professor John McNeill, Sir Roger Casement, Mr. Bernard Cusack, Mr Pearce, B.A., Mr. J. V. Fahy, solicitor; Dr. Walsh, Father Eaton and Mr. John Sleator.

At the conclusion of the addresses, the audience rose and sang “A Nation Once Again”, after which the enrolment of members took place. Later, outside the Railway Hotel, Sir Roger Casement informed the multitude that they intended to hold a review of the Volunteers next April, it being the 900th anniversary of the battle of Clontarf. He added that a rousing Volunteer song would shortly be-published. After another parade through the streets, the crowds dispersed.

1938

There may be war

“What are we doing to save the people of Galway in case of a gas attack if war breaks out tomorrow?” asked Mr. Healy, at the monthly meeting of the Galway Corporation.

Mr. Healy expressed the view that the matter of safeguarding the people in such an emergency should be seriously considered by the Corporation immediately.

Mr Healy: What are we doing to save the people of Galway in case of a gas attack if war breaks out tomorrow? What is this Corporation going to do? There should be something done. This question is very important, because there is the danger of war breaking out at any time. We do not know but there will be a war tomorrow.

Ald. Miss Ashe: There is a bill going through the Dail that will provide for protection for the people. Mayor: I think the Local Government Department are dealing with the matter, but we have not had any communication from them yet on the subject.

Mr. Healy: We should not be wailing for Dublin to tell us what to do. We should have St. John’s Ambulance Society in Galway to train the people in the care of the wounded. I noticed in the papers last week where a certain party looked for a room in the technical school, which the ratepayers paid for, for training in nursing, and so on, and they were turned down.

I do not agree with that. If we had a gas attack in Galway tomorrow we would have panic. If a man was drowned or burned not one person in a hundred would know how to treat him.

Abandoned family

“You appear to have no idea of your responsibility as a husband. I will sentence you to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour if in the next fortnight you do not make an effort to support your wife.”

These words were addressed to to a Bohermore man by District Justice Sean Mac Giollarnath at Galway District Court on Thursday. The man was summoned by Miss Monnelly, N.S.P.C.C. Inspector, for neglecting his wife and child and for failing to support them.

The man’s wife, in evidence, said that she only received 10s. from her husband since the case was adjourned a month ago. Her husband stated that he only got £1 8s. 2d. from the Labour Exchange and he bought some furniture for himself with the money. The Justice then made the remark quoted above.

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The construction of a new wheelchair-friendly footbridge by Galway Corporation over the Friar’s River Canal at Newtownsmith on October 20, 1998. It replaced the old temporary bridge that had become dangerous and could not take wheelchairs.

1922

Posting poor returns

Postal rates and telephone charges in Ireland are at the moment probably as high as they are in any country in the world, higher than they are in most.

The penny post has been restored in Great Britain, following the wage cut, which was introduced without any stoppage in the public service.

And the postal facilities in Ireland at the moment are probably worse than in any civilised state in the world. This is not altogether the fault of those who control the post office.

But, while much of this is due to conditions over which postal officials can have no control, a very considerable percentage of it is due to a badly run post office.

There is something very rotten in a service that loses a million a year, and yet gives the public only very indifferent results; for not merely are the Irish people paying abnormal postal and telegraph rates, but they are paying for the deficit in the form of taxation, so that their letters cost them much more than twopence.

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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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