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


Home Rule fund

On Sunday week, a public meeting was held immediately after last Mass at Kilreekil for the purpose of re-organising the local branch and starting a collection in aid of the Home Rule Fund.

Mr. W. Kelly presided, and said he hoped they would hand in their names and do something for the National cause until they would get Home Rule.

Mr. Seamus O’Mulloy said that 113 years ago, England took away from Ireland her native Parliament, not by the will of the masses of the people, but by bribing the corrupt nobility of the country – to whose descendants, by the way, the poor people had ever since looked up to as the aristocrats of the land, and whose successors as Irish landlords have during that period crushed them under their arrogant sway, in some cases to the extent of £3,500.

Ballinasloe sensation

A report is current, which seems to have good grounds for belief, that the public will soon be regaled with more sensational events in our Joint County Asylum of Roscommon and Galway.

Another report is abroad of an action for libel and slander against a member of the staff of the institution, in which it is alleged the character of the plaintiff is assailed.

The plaintiff, it is said, is a well-known county gentleman, and damages are laid at £1,000. There seems every probability of the Asylum providing sensations for some time to come.

Drunk jailed

At Galway Petty Sessions, a man was summoned for being drunk and disorderly in William-street West on the 11th inst. He was fighting with his sister-in-law and his brother, and making use of bad language. There were a number of previous convictions against him.

Chairman: Is this the man who promised to take the pledge not long ago?

Sergt. Golding: The very man, your worship. He got a great many chances on his promising to take the pledge, and was let off with small fines.

Chairman: He will be sentenced to 14 days in jail without the option for a fine.


Error costs contract

Because of an error in preparing his tender for the painting of and minor repairs to the County Buildings at Prospect Hill, Galway, Mr. Anthony Conboy, St. Bridget’s Terrace, Galway, who submitted the lowest tender, failed to secure the contract.

He tendered for the work at £187 10s., but in a letter to the finance committee of the County Council read at the weekly meeting of the committee in Galway on Saturday, he explained that this should have read £287 10s.

Although his tender at the increased figure was still the lowest received by the committee, the committee refused to consider it and decided to give the work to Messrs. Carr and Sons, Galway.

Carriage window broken

“A regrettable feature of this incident is that there was an English tourist in the carriage and he must have got a very bad impression of us,” remarked Supt. Lyons at a children’s court, hearing a summons against a boy for having broken the window of a train travelling between Castlerea and Ballinlough.

The boy admitted having broken the window, but said it was accidental, as he had thrown the stone at a dog. Mr. Hamilton, D.J., adjourned the case on defendant’s father undertaking to pay 9s costs of the window damaged.

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