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

1914

‘Tickling’ the donkey

At Ballinasloe Petty Sessions, Constable Ryan summoned Bridget Daly for cruelly ill-treating a donkey. The constable stated that he saw the defendant stick the nail (produced) in the donkey’s tail. He was in plain clothes at the time.

When asked her why she did it, she said: “I am only tickling the donkey”. (loud laughter).

Dr. Kirwan: It would tickle herself (renewed laughter).

Capt. Brett, R.M.: These people should be sent to jail.

Sergt. O’Neill: There were complaints made; and the only way to stop them was to send out a man in plain clothes.

Capt. Brett: I think it is a case for jail.

Sergt. O’Neill: You can fine her £25 and give her six months in jail.

The constable said the defendant was rather an old woman. She was over 60 years of age. After consultation, the defendant was fined 5s and costs.

1939

Objection to refugees

“Before they bring any more refugees into the country, they should first find employment for the Irish people,” said Mr. W. Carrick, at the monthly meeting of the County Galway Libraries’ Committee.

Mr. S.J. Maguire, county librarian, remarked that there were no German books in the library, but a number of German-speaking people – foreigners – living in Galway, called frequently looking for German books.

Mr. Hosty: Are they “birds of passage” or are they fixtures?

Co. Librarian: Most of them are fixtures.

Mr. Hosty: They are German-speaking but are they German-born? Are they Aryan or Jew?

Co. Librarian: All I know is that they are from the Continent.

Chairman (Mr. Peter Kelly): We have enough people here already for whom to supply books – more than we can cater for – without being asked to supply them for foreigners.

Mr. Hosty: Isn’t it a fact that permits have been issued to 132 German-Jewish refugees to live in Galway.

Mr. Carrick now made the remark quoted above, and added that he never saw Galway in such a bad plight before. It was not right that foreigners should be brought into the country while natives were unable to get employment.

It was all right when foreigners came along to start industries and give employment, but when they came as ordinary citizens unprepared to contribute anything to the welfare of the community, he (Mr. Carrick) objected.

There were enough of Galway people unemployed and badly off, and while that state of affairs existed, people should not be shifted into the country. Anyone shifted out of Germany could come to Ireland or England.

Chairman: Then you are in agreement with me that no books should be bought for outsiders of that description. We have enough of our own to cater for and enough on the unemployment lists, without having to supply public money out of public funds.

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