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

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1913

Gruesome inquest

Coroner Cottingham, of Oughterard, held an inquest at Killian’s public-house, New Docks, Galway, on the dead body of an infant, found under gruesome circumstances in the mill race at the Galway Woollen Mills on Friday evening.

Thomas Casey, labourer, Bohermore, examined by Acting-Sergt. O’Sullivan, who conducted the case for the police, stated that he was in the employment of the City of Galway Woollen Manufacturing Co.

On Friday evening, the 20th inst., he was cleaning the grating, or the sluice, at the factory, in front of the turbines. He took up a bag that was tied. He thought there might be young dogs or something in it.

He took up another bag, which was empty. He threw both, with other rubbish, out on the street. He knew nothing further about the matter. He understood that the bag was there all day up to 8 o’clock in the evening.

Ellen Dolan, Newtownsmith, related that about 7.30pm on a Friday evening she heard children shouting; she went out, and saw the bag on the ground, with a little foot protruding. There was a crowd of girls around, and she told them to go for the police. They ran away.

Coroner: The bag was lying on the street?

Witness: It was, sir.

Dr. Thomas J. McDonogh deposed that the body was in a very advanced state of decomposition. The infant was a female.

Coroner: So far as a test is concerned, is it possible to say whether the child was dead or alive when put into the water?

Witness: It is really very hard to make a test. I am unable to say whether it was dead or alive when thrown into the water.

Witness added that the child was almost three weeks in the water.

 

1938

Happy boys

The popular idea about boys’ industrial schools in Ireland is that they are sort of juvenile jails or penitentiaries. This idea is, of course, an altogether erroneous one to which Letterfrack industrial school “gives the lie”. Here we have at the moment, 130 happy boys undergoing a thorough course of training in various arts and trades and living under conditions to be envied by students of many of our secondary schools.

Although one means of entrance to the schools carried with it the stigma of defendant in the district courts, most of the boys are voluntary boarders whose parents are unable to support them and to whom the school will give a new start in life. A pleasing feature of the school is the absence of uniform dress.

Hold-up arrest

A middle-aged man from Ballyforan, who was arrested by a party of guards from Ballinasloe following the alleged home-up of a postman on the public road last weekend, was taken before a Peace Commissioner’s Court in Ahascragh and remanded to the next court.

The arrest is a sequel to the alleged hold-up by an armed man of Patrick Morrissey, a postman, between Ahascragh and Ballyforan last Friday morning. Morrissey alleged that the man came out of the wood near the village of Ballyforan, held him up on the roadside and took the bag, containing £30 old age pension money, which he was taking to Ballyforan post office.

Cleaning up Ballinasloe

Ballinasloe’s market place is to have a thorough ‘clean up’ and the public are asked to co-operate with the Urban Council in ending the unsightly condition of the streets and market place in Saturday mornings.

“Bonhams, calves and an indescribable mess of paper, filth and litter are left on the streets up to a late hour – 10.30pm sometimes, and it is impossible to have it cleaned up in time for Sunday morning,” said the Town Clerk.

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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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