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

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1914

Cyclist killed

It is with feelings of regret we announce the death, under very melancholy circumstances, of Mr. George Macauley, timekeeper at the Marconi works, Clifden, which occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning.

It appears that, while cycling homewards to Ballinaboy, some two miles from Clifden on Saturday night, he lost control of his machine close to the Monastery at Ardbear, where there is a very precipitous hill.

It is believed the machine ran into a large stone placed over a gullet opposite the monastery gate, with the result that the poor fellow was dashed against the wall, receiving an ugly wound on the right cheek and also a wound on the jaw.

It must have been in the fall his side came in contact with some portion of the bicycle, causing internal injuries. A short time afterwards he was found lying on the roadside in a dazed condition by a comrade of his, Mr. R.J. Henry, who is also an employee of Mr. Marconi’s.

Mr. Henry, after requisitioning help, conveyed the deceased to Ardbear hotel, a little way off, where everything was done for him, but notwithstanding, he succumbed to his injuries about 4 o’clock on Sunday morning.

Ghost ship?

The Irish National Volunteers had better be on their guard. There is a “mystery ship” (we are not romancing) off the Irish coast. Is she the mysterious Fanny that left another shore some weeks ago, and is she conveying arms to the Ulster Volunteers so that they may stifle the voice of the nation. Or is she merely a myth – fresh from the Tory lie manufacturers of the North?

The story of the mysterious ship supposed to be endeavouring to land arms on the West coast of Ireland is regarded here as an absolute myth, quite on a par with other absurd rumours that have been of late been set afloat, such as the landing of a German airship at Mayo and the arrest of the Ulster Volunteers leaders.

Anyhow, landing on the West coast would be by no means so simple an operation as it might seem.

1939

Eyre Square dance hall

Galway Corporation, at their meeting in City Hall, had before them only two tenders for the letting of Eyre Square during Race Week, one from Mr. Thomas O’Toole, lessee of the Salthill Dance Pavilion, and £305 11s., and the other from Mr. John Allen, Walshe’s Terrace, at £411.

Replying to Mr. Lydon, Alderman O’Flaherty said the figure last year was about £480. Mr. Faller said they would have to ensure that the Square would be left in the same condition after the week.

Ald. Miss Ashe said that God and the world knew that the man who was in charge of the dance saloon could not be held responsible for the condition of the lower portion of the Square.

The Ban

The Ban on the election of those who attend “foreign” games or dances as officers of the Gaelic League removed last year, was re-imposed at the annual congress of the Gaelic League held in the Mansion House, Dublin on Tuesday.

The motion to re-impose the ban was carried by forty-two votes to thirty-five. Some delegates did not vote.

Criostoir Mac Aonghusa, Rosmuc, Connemara, opposing the motion, said the ban was interfering with the freedom of the individual. The G.A.A., which had criticised the Gaelic League, should first put its own house in order.

These restrictions were a worse form of puritanism than any existing in Belfast, and young people would not come into the Gaelic League because of those rules.

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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