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July 26, 2012



Date Published: 25-Jul-2012


Cathedral and College Fund

The most Rev. Dr. O’Dea, Bishop of Galway, has received the following interesting letter:– St. Mary’s Rectory, Fairport, New York, U.D.A., July 5, 1912. My dear Lord Bishop, – When I asked Father Craddock’s kind offices to obtain your consent to my sending a contribution to the projected new cathedral, I looked at most for acquiescence through him, I did not expect a personal reply, much less such a gracious one as you have designed to send me.

I beg to thank you for it and express my deep appreciation of your kindness. I enclose a draft for £50. I need scarcely say that I wish you all sorts of success in your undertaking. The old “City of the Tribes” has long been in need of a Cathedral, and I suppose there is not a see in Ireland which had so poor a substitute for one. Indeed, unless my memory fails me; it was the poorest church edifice in the whole town. I can recall now the puzzle which often presented it to me in my boyish days – why it was that the Bishop had only that old ramshackle affair on Lower Abbeygate street I think it was? But now that the Bishop is to come into his own: and if I ever see the “Fair Hills of Holy Ireland,” my eyes will be gladdened by the sight of your new cathedral.

I am very glad that such success has awaited your efforts, and I sincerely hope that the burden of your great task may not weigh unduly upon you – I am, my dear Lord Bishop, very respectfully yours. J. L. CODYRE.

Still they come

We have already had the privilege of acknowledging two generous subscriptions for the Home Rule Fund through Mr. John Roche, M.P. We have just received a still further letter from Mr. Roche which shows that the example of Gurteen and Portumna and Ballymacward is being enthusiastically followed up by other districts in his constituency.

Gruesome threats

A strange story of lurid, threatening posters and of how a bullock got from a field enclosed on all sides by high walls on to the railway line where it was killed was told before Mr. Justice Madden at the Summer Assizes at Galway on Saturday, when the criminal inquiry appeal came on for hearing. The defendant appealed against the decision of the Recorder in refusing his application for £15 compensation for the malicious killing of a three year old bullock by being driven off the lands, onto the railway line.

MR JB Powell appeared for the applicant and in opening the case, he said the amount of hostility and persecution to which the applicant was surprising, even for the County Galway.

He had in his hand a number of threatening notices in which the applicant was specially referred to. One of them was actually printed, and was headed, “Death to traitors – remember your last end”.


Four hundred cars

It is estimated that four hundred motor cars made the journey to Roscommon on Sunday for the Connacht football final in which Mayo beat Galway. The parking arrangements were somewhat on the same lines as practised in Dublin; the cars being parked side by side with the back close into the car.

Mr. De Valera pleased

Mr. De Valera was very pleased with his majority of thirty votes when elected President. Labour rallied to him without hesitation.

I believe that notwithstanding all that is being said about Labour embarrassing the Government there will not be much of it when the Dail settles down to work. The Government will be able to keep Labour on hands.

Western Carnival

The annual western carnival, which embraces the Galway Plate and Hurdle Race, will open to-morrow, when a record attendance is sure to assemble at the Ballybrit course, which will be followed on Friday by the meeting at the adjoining Tuam course.

The stakes at the meeting amount to nearly £2,000, and this year the value of the Hurdle Race has been raised to £400. As the carriage of horses is being defrayed by the Executive, it is certain that large fields will be seen out in all events.

Support For Bakery Guild

A representative meeting in the Imperial Hotel, Galway of master bakers from Galway and surrounding districts decided to join and give wholehearted support tot he Saorstat Guild of master bakers.

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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