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January 27, 2011



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Exciting incident

An exciting incident occurred at Oranmore on Tuesday, when a horse attached to a side car suddenly took fright and dashed into the sea. Sergt.

Golding, of Oranmore, and Const Brennan promptly procured a boat, and despite the fact that it was minus rowlocks, and the sea was choppy at the time, succeeded in reaching the animal, and after a struggle in which the plucky policemen placed their lives in eminent danger, brought the horse and car ashore, and restored them to their owner – the head of a leading Galway posting establishment.

Hospital lighting

A report having been read from Dr. McDermott, residential medical officer, Galway County Hospital Board, to the effect that the light in the wards was not sufficient to enable patients to read, and Dr. Kinkead having stated that he had often to procure candles going through the wards, it was decided that the Electric Company be asked for an estimate for certain necessary works, vis.: surgical wards and operating theatre and that the Gas Company be written to with reference to bad lighting of the wards.

Dr. Kinkead said the present lights were no better than “a farthing dip” and Mr. Crowley observed that they should look before them in those contracts.

Brother stabbing

The accused, from Ballygar and had been in America, lent his brother £100 on his return to set him up in business, and the quarrel arose about the balance due on foot of that loan. Defendant had no knife in his hand at the time of the assault, only a piece of “kippen” which keeps meat together.

The prisoner’s brother swore the accused and himself were the best of friends up to this quarrel, and were the best of friends at present.

His Honour: What about the police? Have they anything to say?

Mr. Blake: Excellent character.

His Honour said under the circumstances he thought the ends of justice would be met not by sending the prisoner to jail, but by allowing him out, himself in £20 and two sureties of £10 each.


Galway industry

The Galway Industrial Development Association are at present in touch with two companies which are making enquiries regarding the suitability of Galway for certain types of factories.

These negotiations are being conducted privately up to the present.

An appeal is being sent out to all businessmen in the city to attend a special general meeting of the Association next week.

Heavy snowfall

Very heavy snowfalls were experienced throughout Connemara during the early part of the week.

In some places, the fall reached a depth of seven inches, and on Sunday morning, traffic on the main Galway-Clifden Road was delayed owing to the condition of the road about Maam Cross and Recess.

Severe flooding

The oldest inhabitant in Kinvara and district cannot remember an occasion when the tides were so high as they were there last week when they plunged over the quay walls and submerged the adjoining streets to a depth of several feet.

Many occupants in houses opposite the quays were forced to leave and one old lady, Mrs Connor, an old age pensioner, was taken from her house when the floods and tides threatened it. They were up to the door at the time.

Price of apples

Dear Sir,

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Galway Committee of Agriculture, I am reported as saying that I could not get more than 8d. per stone for apples. I did not sell any apples at this price, but I am aware that some people sold them at this price packed in bags and in a bad condition. It is time those who sell apples should be compelled to market them in a proper manner, as eggs, butter and other agricultural commodities. It is a slipshod method of marketing apples which is the cause of the low prices as compared to foreign ones,

James Haverty, Springlawn, Mountbellew.

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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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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