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

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1914

Bailiff ‘dipped’

The unpleasant experiences of a water bailiff named John Rooney were mentioned at Oranmore Petty Sessions on Tuesday when Peter Duggan (Heavey), Thomas Duggan and Mary Duggan, were charged with allegedly beating and throwing complainant into the river near Oranmore.

In opening the case, Mr. Daly, who appeared for the complainant, said the assault was rather a serious one.

Peter Duggan, one of the defendants, asked to have the case adjourned, as summonses were received late.

Mr. Daly: The alleged assault took place on the 26th February, and I find the summonses were only issued on the 2nd March. Mr. St. George, C.P.S., said the summonses were only applied for on Saturday, the 28th February.

Mr. Daly: My client was confined to bed as a result of the assault. These men knocked him down, kicked him, and threw him into the river as you would a dead rat. The sergeant of the district was called upon to see this man and can describe the condition he was in. In fact, they did not want to murder him by blows, but to suffocate him in the water.

Chairman (to Peter Duggan): What do you want an adjournment for?

Defendant: I had a few witnesses.

Chairman: That you did not commit the assault?

Defendant: Yes, but I came in later on.

Chairman: What do you suggest the witnesses would prove, that you never beat Rooney?

Defendant: Yes.

It was agreed to adjourn.

Mr. Daly asked the injured man to step forward and show the marks on his neck. Mr. Daly also reminded the Bench that he had a black eye.

Chairman: Oh, we are not a coroner’s jury. We have not come to that … yet (laughter).

Mr. Daly: There is an Act brought in which transfers that duty to resident magistrates (laughter). My client is a water bailiff, and the other men, I believe, are poachers, which circumstance explains the attack made on him.

1939

Island isolated

When a young man from Galway quarrelled with a party of friends with whom he was touring Connemara on Sunday, he probably never foresaw all the trouble he was to give the Gardaí of Gort, Recess and Maam.

`Leaving his friends’ car beyond Maam Cross, this young man walked off “in a huff” towards Clifden at a late hour on Sunday night.

His friends, thinking that he would soon “cool off” waited for his return, but hours passed and he did not come back. The party then became alarmed and drove to Recess garda station, where they reported the matter.

The Recess Gardaí got in touch immediately with Gortmore and Maam and a wholesale search of the three sub-districts was instituted at about 2a.m. on Monday morning.

The search continued until late on Monday. Lake shores in the area were carefully patrolled in search of the man’s clothing or perhaps a farewell message. It was when excitement was at its height that a phone message from Galway brought anti-climax by stating that the man had been at home in Galway since early on Monday morning.

It appears that shortly after parting with his friends he met another party who gave him a seat hack to Galway. The Gardai declined to give the name of the young man to a “Connacht Tribune” reporter.

Amusements nuisance

By five votes to three, Galway Corporation at a meeting in the City Hall, decided to terminate Mr. A. Toft’s lease of Salthill Park and not to allow his amusements fair or any other amusements fair to enter the park this summer.

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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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