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

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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.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of A Tale of Two Cities in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road, in February1998 were Cathal Cunningham, Michael Roche and Richard Curtin.

1923

Education is key

This week or the beginning of next, Irish boys and girls return to school. On the work that they do there during the succeeding years will largely depend the future of Ireland, for as the plant is bent, so shall the tree become.

Judged by the present day standard of ethics and conduct, something has been sadly lacking in the spiritual and secular training of the past.

Recently, a controversy – if it could be dignified with the name – has been running in the correspondence columns of the “Tribune”, on the future of education. It seems a thousand pities, if, indeed, it is not a definite national drawback, that intelligent men like national school teachers cannot discuss a subject that is of vital interest to them and their country in temperate language, without getting lost in a miasma of irrelevant abuse.

Yet it must be frankly and sadly confessed that those who have entered into correspondence on the subject have added little to the discussion. The controversy was begun by a contributor, who had very definite views, with which we did not altogether agree, but if the points at issue had been adhered to, it might have served a very useful purpose.

Teaching journals are clamouring that the general public do not take any interest in education. If to take an interest in education is to bring a hornets’ nest to one’s ears, then surely the invitation is a little ungracious.

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