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

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1913

Tailor trouble

At the City Petty Sessions, Mr. Joseph Kilbride, R.M., in the chair, John Boulger, a tailor, of Athlone, was charged in custody with stealing a suit of clothes valued at £1 from a man named Patrick Joyce, of Church Street, Galway, on June 10th.

Head-Constable Killacky said Joyce was not now present to press the case.

Chairman: But didn’t he swear an information?

Head-Constable: [Boulger] admits taking the clothes.

Defendant: I’ll give 5s. now to any constable you like; I’ll give another 5s. next Saturday, and I’ll give 10s the following Saturday.

The Chairman remarked that that seemed fair enough.

The Head-Constable, explaining the circumstances of the case to the Court, said it appeared the defendant got a coat and vest to alter, and instead of altering them, he sold them to some man in Cross Street, whom he (defendant) could not remember, and got drunk.

The defendant was allowed out under the First Offenders Act, on his own recognisances, on guaranteeing to pay Joyce the £1. For the drunkenness he was fined 1s.

1938

No more ‘yes men’

“The days of yes men are gone forever,” said Mr. Peter Kelly, Fine Gael candidate for West Galway, addressing a meeting in Abbeyknockmoy on Wednesday.

“It is part time that the people of this country realised that it is their duty to return to Dáil Éireann men who will have the local interests of their constituencies at heart and who will not be at the beck and call of party whips all the time they are in Leinster House.

“Every member of the Fianna Fáil party is a yes man. What have the Fianna Fáil deputies does for Galway? They have neglected the Claddagh fishermen while subsidising strangers to the extent of fifteen hundred pounds for fishing gear.

“All that Fianna Fáil did for Galway was to close the Clifden railway line, thus cutting off the unfortunate Gaeltacht from the rest of the country and losing for the West valuable tourist traffic. Since Fianna Fáil came into power, Galway has been styled the forgotten county. Apparently, the cry of Fianna Fáil is jobs for Jews and not for natives.”

Resignation threat

Tuam Town Commissioners have fixed a special meeting to consider the question of resigning in a body, owing to the failure of tenants in the Board’s houses to pay the rents. The total arrears at the end of this month, the collector reported, was £342 6s 1d., a reduction of £32 7s. 3d. since last month.

Mr. O’Malley: I think the only thing to be done is to tender our resignation.

Chairman: We have sympathy with the unemployed, but how are we to know which of these tenants are genuinely unemployed?

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.

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