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

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1913

Strike settled
We are pleased to announce that, after a struggle lasting over a month, the strike of labourers in Galway has been settled. On Wednesday evening, Mr. N.S. Reyntins, Chief Industrial Commissioners’ Dept, Gwydyr House, Whitehall, S.W. arrived in Galway from Sligo to try to effect a settlement.

He interviewed the Employers’ Federation during the afternoon and saw the Committee of Labourers’ Union at night. As a result the Employers offered terms to the Union, which include the following:
The builders and general labourers to receive 16s per week instead of 15s, as hitherto; dock labourers to receive 5s and 6s per day according to the class of work. A rise of 6d per day has been conceded, and an increase of 1d per hour for overtime to dock labourers. Casual workers at the dock and stores, 4s per day, being a rise of 6d.

Casual labourers, for builders and contractors, 3s 6d per day. Half holiday at 2 o’clock on Saturday for builders’ labourers only; 3 o’clock for the merchants’ labourers. These rules to be in operation up to and including the 31st December, 1914.

Seaweed rights
In the Commons, Mr. O’Malley asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the seaweed on the shore below high-water mark belongs to the Crown, landlords owning property along the Connemara shore can enforce a rent for such seaweed; whether certain landlords on Connemara are now, and have been for many years, charging a rent upon such seaweed; and will he take steps to assert the rights of the Crown in these cases in the interests of the poor tenants?

Mr. Robertson: This depends upon the ownership of the foreshore. This ownership is prima facie vested in the Crown and if the Hon. Member will furnish me with full particulars of any case where a rent is being charged, either for the foreshore or for the seaweed growing on it, I will have the question of title carefully considered.

1938

The first President
The selection of Dr. Douglas Hyde (An Craoíbhinn Aoibhínn), Frenchpark County Roscommon, to be first President of Éire has been acclaimed by all parties and by high dignitaries of the Church. Messages and telegrams of congratulation have been received by Dr. Hyde from all parts of the country.

Galway Corporation at their fortnightly meeting on Wednesday decided to invite Dr. Hyde to Galway to have the freedom of the city conferred on him.

Poteen traffic increasing?
Judging by the number of recent prosecutions brought in the local district courts and the seizures made by Gardai during the past fortnight, it would appear as if the poteen traffic in Connemara is on the ascendant. There were no fewer than three prosecutions for possession of malt and poteen at Derrynea district court on Tuesday, and there was also a similar prosecution at Maam district court on Wednesday. In one of the cases, the defendant pleaded that he had no other means of livelihood.

The Gardaí throughout Connemara are making a determined effort to cope with the renewed poteen traffic and extensive raiding is being carried out. On Monday last a party of Gardaí from Oughterard swam out to an island in Lough Corrib and paid a surprise visit to an illicit distillery which was about to be put into operation there. The Gardaí captured the stil and equipment, together with about £200 worth of wash.

Farmers’ unease
The continued summer-like weather is causing a certain amount of uneasiness and trouble to farmers, who in many districts have to bring cattle and sheep long distances for water. Early sown gardens in town and country are in a backward state owing to the drought, the likes of which has not been experienced for many years.

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A man lies on a bed of nails at the opening of Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, on October 26, 1972

1921

Silence is golden

Leaders on both sides have stated that the best assistance the country can give in the making of peace is to keep silence.

During the past week there has been a great deal of speculation, most of it harmless enough, as, for instance, the enterprising American journalist’s “exclusive” on the first meeting of the British Premier and the President of the Irish Republic; much of it positively mischievous, as the case of the efforts of a certain journal, which has grown hoary in the reputation for throwing in the apple of discord, to anticipate failure in advance.

Our American colleague was on surer and on safer ground when he told of how de Valera and Lloyd George met.

“Mr. Lloyd George,” he cabled, “was sitting at his desk when the Irish President entered. For just a minute these two gazed fixedly at one another. Then the British Premier walked across the intervening space and shook de Valera by the hand. He led him to a seat where they sat side by side. The atmosphere was tense. They faced one another. Then Lloyd George reached down for a box of cigars. But the Irish President is of Spartan mould. He neither permits himself to drink nor smoke. He politely but firmly waved the box away. Mr. Lloyd George, however, selected and lighted a Havana, and as the smoke curled upwards the atmosphere became decidedly easier!”

Good planning

The wise and practical man always lays by a store against the time when supplies will be scarce. One of the most serious effects of the prolonged drought is the scarcity of supplies of fodder for cattle-feeding during the coming winter and spring.

The hay crop is not more than half the average yield. The corn crop is far below normal. Turnips in many districts are a partial failure. We have frequently emphasised the importance of growing catch-crops to supplement other feeding stuffs raised on the farm, but it is only under circumstances such as the present that their utility is brought home to farmers. Owing to the early harvest, a larger area than is usual can and should be put down this season. This would make good, to some extent, at least, the shortage of hay and other feeding-stuffs.

The demonstration plots laid down by the County Committee of Agriculture have shown that catch-crops, such as vetches and rye as well as other mixtures, can be successfully grown in all parts of County Galway.

We would urge on farmers the desirability – nay, the necessity – of procuring seed and making early preparation for the sowing of an increased area of catch-crops this season.

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Children dancing at the Clonbur Festival on July 5, 1980. An article in the Tribune at the time detailed how this was the fourth such festival with events covering set dancing, figure dancing, art, fishing and an old-time waltz competition.

1921

Peace at last

Hope “hath happy place” in this land of ours to-day. Those who disappoint it are the enemies not only of Ireland, but of civilisation. Before proceeding to the preliminary conference with Mr. Lloyd George at 10, Downing-street, yesterday afternoon, Mr. de Valera said that he thought the outlook for peace both from the British and Irish points of view was better than it had ever been in history.

The Irish leader would not make this statement unless he had good grounds for it. We may accept it as the confident prediction of one who has proceeded with extreme caution throughout these momentous negotiations.

Yet patient confidence in ultimate justice and patient endurance for a little are needed. There are those who would, if they could, thwart the coming of peace, but they will be borne aside by the widening will to peace, and the larger outlook that the coming of the Truce has brought.

The agony of these days that are past, as we hope for ever, is like a nightmare. Only last week, the pages of the “Tribune” told of the trials and tribulations through which the mothers and sisters of County Galway had gone. The stories related at the Quarter Sessions afforded some index of the hell of ceaseless apprehension and the dread which the women and children have had to bear for many months.

It would seem as if there could be no requital for their sorrows upon this earth. But there is sometimes a balance of justice in human affairs. To-day, as Ireland hopes and prays, this balance is about to be meted out as a common national inheritance.

The Truce has been observed in the spirit of mutual forbearance, good-will and generosity. One can conceive that the horrible conditions of the past nine months will ever be recalled. Indeed, there is no person who would desire or contrive at such an eventuality. Its very contemplation makes us fearful of the outcome of these fateful conferences.

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A section of the crowd in the stand before the start of a race at the Galway Races at Ballybrit in July 1965. Organisers of the festival this year are awaiting confirmation that there will be a return of similar scenes in two week's time with plans to allow 5,000 punters in under eased Covid restrictions.

1921

Theft in Renmore

At about eleven o’clock on Saturday morning two employees of Miss Behan, carrier and forwarding agent, Galway, delivering a quantity of groceries, cigarettes, etc., at the Army and Navy Stores, Renmore, were held up at the turn of the road leading into Renmore by six men who had come down from the Oranmore road.

The drivers were requested to stop the horses, and this being done, two members of the party searched the cars minutely. One of the two who had searched the cars took away a box of containing a quantity of cigarettes to the value of £30.

The drivers reported the matter on arrival at the military barracks and subsequently investigations were made but without success.

Death in pavilion blaze

Set ablaze early on Friday morning last, the pavilion at Athenry tennis and cricket ground was destroyed. Half buried in the debris on the morning following were found the charred remains of a human being.

Shortly after midnight many of the inhabitants of Athenry were awakened by the lurid flames from the north side of the town which shone all over the place. After some time, the local R.I.C. visited the place and found the pavilion had been almost gutted and gone beyond any hope of salvage.

They, however, succeeded in removing a quantity of the wool which the caretaker, Mr. P. Doherty, had stored in an adjoining shed. Delph, costly cutlery, linens and furniture to the value of £100 were reduced to ashes, as were also two sets of harness and a small sum of money, the property of the caretaker.

When the place ceased smouldering on the following day the charred remains of a human being rendered unrecognisable by the flames were found in the cellar.

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