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January 24, 2013



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


Editor’s coats stolen

A story of the sudden and almost simultaneous disappearance a few days before Christmas of three overcoats from two newspaper offices in the city, and their subsequent discovery in an Abbeygate street second class clothes shop, was told before the City Magistrates on Monday, when Mr. G.B. Heard, D.I., R.I.C., prosecuted Mr. Thomas Maree, of Abbeygate street, for receiving stolen goods.

On the 23rd December, three overcoats were stolen – one from Mr. Byrne, the clerk at the “Express” office, and two from Mr. Kenny, the Editor of the “Tribune”. On the following day, the three coats were found in defendant’s shop, where they had been sold for a few shillings.

They were valuable coats – one of Mr. Kenny’s was a Burberry – and if valuable coats like these could be disposed of so easily, the property of no one would be safe. If these facilities for stealing such goods were not afforded, they would not be stolen.

Defendant said he got them from a seaman who said he got them cheaply in Liverpool, it was not unusual for a seaman to have five or six coats.

“I was certain they were obtained honestly, I would be the last man in the world to buy them dishonestly.”

Chairman: Considering your age and evident respectability up to this, the magistrates do not like to convict, and they will let you off if you will give back the coats and pay the costs. Defendant did so, and the case concluded.


Minister enforcing English

“We have here the peculiar situation of the Minister for Industry and Commerce trying to enforce the English language in Ireland, while the English themselves do not try to enforce it in Wales. You are prosecuting under an Act which is contrary to the Bunreacht.

“The new Constitution declares that Irish is the national language, but the Act under which you are prosecuting takes no recognisance of Irish. It specifies English and Welsh only,” said District Justice Sean Mac Giollarnath, when dismissing a case at Galway District Court on Thursday, in which Galway County Council were summoned under the Factory and Workshops Act 1901 for failing to have a copy of the regulations under the Act displayed “in English or Welsh” at Kilronan pier.

Runaway horse

Due to the promptness and presence of mind of Garda F. Allen, Eglinton-street Barracks, Galway, a runaway horse in Williamsgate-street was stopped before it could do any damage.

The horse, the property of John McGrath, Cregmore, Claregalway, was taking on a load of timber at Messrs. Corbett’s timber stores in Castle-street when it took fright and bolted up Williamsgate-street.

There was a lot of traffic on the road at the time and a number of children going home from school. Garda Allen, who was on point duty at Moon’s Corner, ran in front of the horse, caught hold of the reins and shaft of the car and soon had the horse under control.

Senate elections

Galway County Council have nominated seven councillors to the Senate electoral panel which will elect the new Senate. They were: Mr. MI. W. Cahill, merchant, Bishop-street, Tuam; Mr. Patrick Fury, farmer, Currandulla; Mr. Thomas Francis Joyce, Muinteroin, Leenane; Mr. John Jos. Keane, farmer and shopkeeper, Carraroe South; Mr. Thomas Nee, farmer, Market-square, Clifden; Mr. Thomas A O’Donoghue, solicitor, High-street, Tuam; Mr. Michael Quinn, M.T., Ballymoe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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