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

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1914

Dock watch reported

At the Harbour Board meeting, the Harbour Master reported: “With great reluctance, I am compelled to bring under your notice the conduct of two of the dock watch, viz.: Pat Forde and Tom Burke, for absenting themselves from duty without leave. It would be quite impossible to exercise proper supervision and get the work done, if these men are allowed to absent themselves from duty.

Burke was absent 11 times from the 14th October to the 11th January and Forde was absent four times. I would respectfully request that these two men be required to live closer to the dock than they are at present. If the Board approve of the suggestion to make Lynch’s house habitable and compel these men to live there, it would save a lot of inconvenience.

The Harbour Master said that he had tried every means in his power to induce these men to be faithful to their work, but they failed to do so. His last resort was to report them. He appealed to the Board not to dismiss them, but to give another chance.

Mr Burke and Mr Forde were then brought befire the Chairman, who read out the report and asked them why they were absent, but they gave no excuse.

Chairman: The Board are very angry with you for behaving in this way, and they wish to inform you that they will overlook it on this occasion; but the next time you are absent the Harbour Master will dismiss you and then inform the Board. Look here, Burke and Forde, if you get this house, you will have to live in it. If not, you will be dismissed.

The Harbour Master said he would report all men for neglect of duty, but he would not dismiss them himself; he would suspend them.

1939

Severe weather

The severest weather conditions for over eighty years were experienced in Connemara during the past week. In addition to heavy snow and frost, the people of Connemara have to contend with a famine for turf, hay, oats, potatoes, milk and eggs.

Were it not for the large amount of employment provided under the various relief schemes, this winter would go down in history as one of the greatest hardships that ever befell Connemara. As things are, there has been a heavy death-toll among old people.

Free ride

Galway and Connemara Gardaí are anxious to meet a man who is reported to have obtained a free drive from a Galway hackney car owner last week. The man, who is stated to have been a native of South Connemara, approached the motor owner in Eyre Square and asked him to drive him to Carna. When the car arrived at Inver bridge, the passenger asked the driver to stop for a moment. He then left the car and has not been seen or heard of since.

Search continues

“We are now convinced that Patrick Folan has been drowned and that his body has been washed out to sea, and we have little hope of recovering the body although the search is still being continued,” Garda John McHale, Kilronan, told a “Connacht Tribune” reporter on Wednesday night.

Patrick Folan, who has been missing from his home at Kilronan since Friday, January 20, was last seen at about 7.30 o’clock that morning making his way along the top of a cliff on the south side of the island.

It is known that Folan was in the habit of descending this cliff to the foreshore to collect wreck. Part of a rope which was found by the Gardaí attached to the top of the cliff is evidence that he descended to the foreshore. A pair of pampooties found on the top of the cliff and a pair of trousers found among some rocks have been identified as being the property of the missing man.

A vigil is still being kept, day and night, along the seacoast. All the islanders who are now collecting seaweed along the shores are also keeping a sharp look-out for the body.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

 

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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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