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

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1914

Salthill seating

At a meeting of the Urban Council, Messrs. Boland and Moon appeared with reference to the lack of seating accommodation at Salthill. Mr. Boland said they wished to draw the attention of the Council to what they considered would be not only a great advantage to Salthill but to the town, and that was the seating accommodation on the promenade.

In recent years the Council had to be congratulated on the work they had done in the matter of seating benches in Salthill. The present seats had been such a success that they were “hungry” for more (laughter).

The present accommodation was only for 93 people. He requested that six more seats be put there, which would practically double the accommodation.

Man glassed

At the Oughterard Sessions, before Mr. J.B.K. Hill, R.M. (in the chair), Mr. W.A. Woods, D.I., had Martin Halloran summoned for striking Pat Conneely with a glass on the head, causing a wound in which nine stitches had to be inserted.

Sergt. Molloy stated that the injured man declined to prosecute, and the police were obliged to take up the case. Conneely, examined, deposed that a dispute arose about a gun. They were in a public-house, and Halloran said that witness owed him 2s. 6d. more than he really owed.

He threw a glass at witness which struck him on the head. He was five days laid up.

Martin Halloran stated there was a crowd in the public-house at the time he sold a gun to the defendant. Previous to that he owed him a half-crown, and would not give it to him. They were both under the influence of drink, and he could not say whether he struck Conneely with the glass or not.

Other witnesses were examined, who stated that they only heard the noise of the glass as it fell to the ground. The Chairman said the charge was a serious one, and he would fine defendant £1 and costs.

1939

Connemara’s ‘Boys’ Town’

Connemara has a ‘Boys’ Town’, writes a “Connacht Tribune” special correspondent. When I was a bold, bad boy ever so many years ago, I was afraid of nothing but the devil and Letterfrack Industrial School.

I still have a wholesome fear of the former, but last week my feelings towards the latter underwent a complete change. And now when I look back on boyhood nightmares, of grim prison walls behind which demoniacal monks flogged and flogged while little half-starved urchins howled and howled.

How I thank my luck stars that I had the courage to overcome a lifelong prejudice and drive down the avenue leading to the school. It was the bunch of healthy, happy-looking boys I had met on the road that did the trick.

Led by an eager group of willing little guides, overflowing with that proprietorial pride which only boys can display, I wandered through Connemara’s ‘Boys’ Town’.

It was as I was returning from the farmyard that I met the genial Superior, Rev. Brother McGrath, and I do not know how it happened – I just had to make an open confession of my former prejudices and humbly apologised.

But he only smiled sadly. “You are not the only one who had these prejudices against us and our work. Unfortunately for many poor boys, such unfounded prejudices are far too rampant even yet.

“The result is we have room for nearly twice the number of boys we have at present, but they won’t be sent to us.”

Such is the great work for God and Ireland that goes on unobtrusively amidst a beautiful sylvan setting beneath the shadow of the Diamond mountain on the site of an Old Quaker settlement in Letterfrack, Connemara. And to think that for all these years I thought it was a sort of penitentiary.

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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.

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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.

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