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

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1914

Police baton charge

What our Connemara correspondent describes as the most sensational and exciting incident in the Connemara land war reached on Sunday last, when after 11 o’clock Mass, the people marched from Tullycross towards Renvyle for the purpose of holding a public meeting on the Curragh farm, and were met by a large force of police on the public road, who drew their batons and charged the people.

After Mass, the band was got out and led the large concourse of people, comprising men, women and children, and numbering about 2,000. Lusty cheers were given all along the way.

A large force of extra police under the command of County Inspector Flower and District Inspector Horgan, Clifden, left Tully and preceded the people to Renvyle.

At a distance of about a mile outside Tully, the County Inspector said he could not allow the people to proceed further, and lined his men across the road, but the crowd pressed forward. The police tried to keep them back, but a determined rush was made, and led by safe horsemen, the people broke through. The march was then continued for some distance further.

The police again blocked the road. The people continue on, cheering wildly, a prominent figure in the crowd being Mrs. Patrick McLoughlin of Letterfrack, wife of one of the cattle drivers now in prison.

The police were fierce. They charged at the crowd using their batons right and left; and it is alleged, that several women and young girls were struck. Certain it is that many of them were knocked down in the crowd and trampled on in a bad way. The drum was broken in the melee. The people, who were without weapons of any description, would not yield.

Several people received severe wounds which had to be attended by a doctor. They were chiefly struck on the face and heads, and their foreheads were split open.

The crowd continued to fight their way and at length go away from the police, who went on ahead again. The people got into the grazier’s farm overlooking the Renvyle House, cheered wildly and booed the police. A meeting was then held on the farm.

1939

War preparation

A reminder of the preparation being made for defence and, in the event of war, the possibility of a scarcity of chemicals, etc., was contained in a notification from Imperial Chemical Industries to Ballinasloe Urban Council and other councils.

The price of chlorine has been increased. Though the increase is, so far, small – one-eighth of a penny in the £ – it is an indication that in the event of an outbreak of hostilities in which England may be involved, the price would go higher, as chlorine is one of the principal chemicals used in poison has.

It is also used for the purification of water, and is extensively used at Ballinasloe waterworks new plant.

Extensive flooding

Owing to the extensive flooding the division of a hundred acre farm in Poolboy, by the Irish Land Commission, was difficult. A boat was needed to get into parts of the land. The land was divided between some small farmers in the district. In other areas in the same district large areas of bog land are still flooded and have been under water since September, notwithstanding a drainage scheme in the district a year or more ago.

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Orla McArdle, Leonie Ryan, Maeve Lohan, Sinéad Armstrong, Maria Lyons and Paul Ryan who were taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of 'Joseph' in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road on February 5, 1991.

1923

Training ex-soldiers

A meeting of the committee of Galway Technical Institute was held on Tuesday, Mr. Eraut presiding.

The secretary, Dr. Webb, stated that there was a deputation outside from the Galway Carpenters’ Society in reference to the offer made by the Ministry of Labour to the committee to have up to 100 ex-soldiers trained in the institute in various crafts from joinery to thatching houses and making tin cans.

The difficulty he foresaw in regard to the scheme was to train maimed ex-solders and for this the Ministry of Labour was willing to give the committee 15s. per head per week. It was a money-making scheme so far as that committee was concerned, and would result in bringing a good deal of money into the city, because there would also be certain allowances for the wives and dependents.

He estimated that it would mean something like £200 or £300 per week. It was a question for the committee whether they would provide these classes. He had inquired from an authoritative source whether the training of these men would be likely to interfere with the employment of the recognised carpenter, and he was informed in the negative.

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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.

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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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