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

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1914

Was it ass flesh?

A peculiar case was heard at Gort Petty Sessions when a local butcher named Martin Kelly was fined 5s. and 13s. 6d. costs for having sold meat which was unfit for human consumption and which baffled a host of analysts, including Sir Charles Cameron.

George Heaney, shoemaker, Nestor’s Lane, Gort, swore that on the evening of January 12th, he was in Mrs. Cloran’s house in Church street.

He saw Martin Kelly come in and offer meat for sale. Witness inquired what sort it was, and Kelly told him it was pork. Witness bought a piece, bulked (1lb), for which he paid defendant fourpence. He got it cooked, but felt suspicious about it, and brought it to the police barracks and entered a complaint. It was not a porksteak, though it might be beef.

Mr. O’Beirne, D.I.: I had the meat forwarded for analysis to Dublin, and received this report: “It is not mutton, beef, horseflesh, or pork; its composition will not answer any test.”

“So you see” added that District Inspector, “it has baffled Sir Charles Cameron and a host of other analysts. It is a most extraordinary piece of meat.” (Loud laughter).

Sergt. Callaghan: Several people in the town are complaining of this man.

Mr. O’Beirne, D.I.: It is very general, but lately the practice has got more serious. The meat, if pork, would be 8d. or 10d.

Mr. Coen: It is very dangerous, and it might be poisonous.

Mr. O’Beirne: Sir Charles Cameron is doubtful if it is ass flesh, as he says there is no real test.

 “No sleep made me drunk”

At Galway Petty Sessions, Constable O’Connor had John Francis summoned for being drunk on the public street. Defendant said he was at the fair of Athenry on Saturday, the 7th inst., and was up all night.

“I was not drunk,” he added, “but want of sleep made me more drunk than all the drink I had taken.” (Laughter).

The Chairman asked defendant if he would take the pledge, and Francis replied that he would, and that if he was caught again, the Bench could give him six months (laughter). He was fined 2s. 6d.

1939

Ashford mystery deepens

The mystery of the sale of Ashford estate appears to be getting deeper. A “Connacht Tribune” reporter was informed on rather reliable authority last week that the estate was not actually sold at all yet.

His informant said that the Forestry Department had made a certain offer but the sale was by no means completed. It appears that the Hon. A.E. Guinness is insisting on certain conditions in the interests of his former employees at Ashford.

Mr. Guinness attended a meeting of the trustees in Dublin last week and it was then he is reported to have disclosed his alleged attitude. He is stated to be insisting that the employees of Ashford should be left undisturbed by a change of ownership.

Failing his obtaining such guarantees, it is said that Mr. Guinness is prepared to buy out the interests of Lord Moyne and Lord Iveagh and keep on the estate himself.

Meanwhile an atmosphere of uncertainty prevails in Cong. None of the management in the office there are prepared to talk and the strictest secrecy is being observed as regards movements and happenings within the castle grounds. Intending visitors to Ashford have been refused admission at the gates.

A “Connacht Tribune” reporter learned, however, that events took a surprising turn there during the weekend, when the auctioneers who have been preparing for the auction marked over three hundred of the more valuable articles “withdrawn”.

Guards fast

“A policeman’s lot is not a happy one.” At least this was the unanimous opinion of the station party in Maam garda barracks when a reporter found them waiting for their breakfast late on Tuesday morning.

Their housekeeper lives some distance from the barracks and the heavy rains on Monday night caused flooding, which marooned her in her house.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

 

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The construction of a new wheelchair-friendly footbridge by Galway Corporation over the Friar’s River Canal at Newtownsmith on October 20, 1998. It replaced the old temporary bridge that had become dangerous and could not take wheelchairs.

1922

Posting poor returns

Postal rates and telephone charges in Ireland are at the moment probably as high as they are in any country in the world, higher than they are in most.

The penny post has been restored in Great Britain, following the wage cut, which was introduced without any stoppage in the public service.

And the postal facilities in Ireland at the moment are probably worse than in any civilised state in the world. This is not altogether the fault of those who control the post office.

But, while much of this is due to conditions over which postal officials can have no control, a very considerable percentage of it is due to a badly run post office.

There is something very rotten in a service that loses a million a year, and yet gives the public only very indifferent results; for not merely are the Irish people paying abnormal postal and telegraph rates, but they are paying for the deficit in the form of taxation, so that their letters cost them much more than twopence.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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