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

1914

Stabbed in neck

A serious stabbing affray is reported from Clonboo. It appears that at about 1 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday morning last, a man named Fahy was stabbed in the neck while in Regan’s public house, Clonboo.

Only a few details of the occurrence are forthcoming at the time of going to press. The injured man’s wounds, which are of a serious character, were dressed by Dr. Sandys, and a man named Qualter has been arrested and placed in custody with the affray, bail being refused.

Get back in your box

At the weekly meeting, Mr. J. Cooke informed the Guardians that he had been asked by an ex-American naval pensioner who had been charged 15s for treatment in the hospital for twenty days, to make an application to the Board. Mr. Cooke added that the pension received by the man was barely sufficient for his maintenance and he would apply that the amount be wiped off.

Mr. P. Lawless objected. He said if the man in question was a pensioner, he should be asked to pay the amount.

The Clerk remarked that if the man was a British Navy pensioner, they could petition the Admiralty for payment of the amount incurred by the man’s maintenance in hospital; but as he was an American Navy pensioner, they could not do so.

Mr. Cooke said the man was unable to pay the amount.

Mr. Lawless: You are taking a great interest in him. Perhaps he is a customer of yours.

Mr. J. Gallagher: That is a very improper statement.

Mr. Cooke: Only for you are thick and ignorant, you would not make such a remark. Sit down, sit.

Mr. Lawless: I have no place to sit down.

Mr. Cooke: There is a box behind you. Sit on it. It is in it you should be.

1939

Women attacked

Following complaints that two women had been attacked at different places on the outskirts of the city on St. Stephen’s Night, many women in Galway were afraid to venture out of doors alone after nightfall, and there was intense garda activity in and around the city.

On Saturday night, a man of no fixed abode was arrested at a tinkers’ camp in Cregboy, Loughgeorge, and brought to Galway, where he was charged at a special court held before Mr. P.J. Holland, P.C., with offences connected with the complaints.

In the first attack, a nurse from Bohermore received cuts on the elbow and knees. Her glasses were knocked off and broken and some of her clothes were torn. She struggled with her assailant and the man ran away.

Forty minutes later, a woman from Renmore was attacked near Woodlands Sanatorium. The man struggled with her for about three minutes and then ran away. At the court, the defendant said: The charges are correct. The clothes might have been torn in the struggle.” District Justice Sean Mac Giollarnath remanded him in custody for a week.

Luxury ‘buses

Two G.S.R. luxury ‘buses have been put into regular service on the Galway-Clifden route. This generous action on the part of the G.S.R. company is deeply appreciated in Connemara and has long been advocated in the columns of “The Connacht Tribune”. The company have also put two new service ‘buses on the Galway-Carraroe and Lettermore route.

Bishop Browne prays for Galway

“This New Year, we ask God that this city may be a great Catholic city as it was of yore; that it may be saved from disease and pestilence; that peace and concord may units its citizens, and that its honest, deserving workers may be assured of continuous employment in the coming year.

“We ask for our country that it may be spared the scourge of war and be free to devote all its strength and wisdom to make Ireland a land in which Irish boys and Irish girls may be content and proud to dwell.”

Athenry tragedy

The finance committee of the Galway County Council, decided to write to the Great Southern Railways Company suggesting that the wicket gate at Athenry railway station be closed altogether and that a footbridge be erected or, alternatively, that a man be posted at the wicket gate during shunting operations.

This decision was arrived at in consequence of the recent tragedy at the station, when Miss Bridget Keating, Caheroyan, was killed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.