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

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1914

Dastardly attack

A terrible outrage was perpetrated on Friday week at the establishment of Mr. P. Varden, merchant, Anbally, Tuam. About 8pm on that evening, several shots were fired in through the windows of the shop and the front of the house.

Some parties in the shop at the time narrowly escaped injury, and Mrs. Varden, the publican’s wife, we understand, had a miraculous escape from being shot.

A large mirror in the shop was considerably damaged, also other articles of property. Stones were also used with the other missiles, which included guns and revolvers.

This is the second attack of a similar nature on Mr. Varden’s premises, and on the former occasion serious damage was also inflicted, but not so grave as in the recent occurrences.

The authorities have not, up to the time of going to Press, apprehended any person in connection with the outrage.

 The ass and Moloney

At Galway Petty sessions, Constable Callinan summoned Peter Duggan for turning loose a donkey on the public road. The penalty, he said, was 10s., and the police had come to the conclusion that they should bring the case under section 10, in consequence of the recurrence of cases of wandering.

Chairman: That is a bigger penalty that 2s. one, Peter.

Defendant: Well, your worship, if I may be allowed to speak a word. I was fined this day three weeks for the same ass, which I told you I sold to Pat Moloney (laughter). The donkey stayed only two days with him, when he went away.

Chairman: What has that go to do with the case?

Defendant: But Moloney didn’t look for him, and he came back to my place, and Lydon’s children put him out of the field.

He was fined 2s.

1939

Leprechauns off Gold Standard

From Connemara this week comes the disturbing news that Leprechauns have gone off the gold standard! According to Mr. Joseph Walsh, Rossroe, Cashel, these little secretaries of the fairy treasuries no longer count their pots of gold but wet their thumbs and fly through their wads of notes with a speed and a slickness that would shame our modern bank cashiers.

To Mr. Walsh we are also grateful for still another new angle on Leprechauns. They are no longer the mild but cunning little fellows we used to know. They no longer resort to guile or any of their stock tricks when you nab them from behind. They just simply get tough right away and give you the “works” in style.

Mr. Walsh, who is a very sensible and sober young farmer relates a most extraordinary experience with Leprechauns which set his native townland of Cashel, Connemara, all agog last week.

He says that as he was passing by an old ruined house near his home, he saw two little men sitting in front of a fire in the rain counting wads of notes. He watched them for a moment and then something compelled him to grab the money.

The moment he did, the little men attacked him savagely, scratched him and tore his clothes. They then disappeared up the old chimney, taking their fire and their money with them.

When Mr. Walsh returned home, his face, hands and clothes bore evidence of the struggle which he related to his friends and neighbours.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

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Angela O'Keefe, Chairwoman of Music for Galway, pictured with a £16,000 Steinway grand piano just after it was delivered to University College Galway, ahead of its assembly in the Aula Maxima. Music for Galway fundraised to buy the piano which had to be transported from London after its purchase.

1922

Tackling drink

The International Congress on Prohibition sitting in Brussels reports that the liquor problem is substantially the same everywhere. In Ireland at present alcoholism has for us a tragic interest.

At no period in Irish history has there been so great a consumption of alcoholic liquors. Prohibition, even if it were practicable, would not solve the problem. America has taught us that lesson.

Scarcely a week passes that the American hospital registers do not record the death from alcoholic poisoning on a scale unprecedented before the country went “dry”.

The drink problem will never be successfully tackled in Ireland until such time as the public cooperate with the authorities in a rigid enforcement of the licensing laws and the drunkard is regarded as a pariah in a respectable community.

In this connection the announcement made at the last Galway parish court that persons found guilty of illicit distillation will be sent to jail without the option of a fine will be welcomed.

This is a step in the right direction and should act as a deterrent to people at present engaged in a traffic which is slowly poisoning the lives, in the moral as well as the physical sense, of large numbers of our people in outlying portions of the country.

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