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June 21, 2012



Date Published: 20-Jun-2012


Loughrea shooting

A sensation was created in the town and district on Saturday last by a strange shooting which took place early that morning at Cosmona Cottage, and as a result of which a woman named Mary Cusack lost her life.

In the early hours, according to the evidence given at the inquest on Monday, a number of shots were fired into the room in which deceased and her husband were sleeping, three bullets entering the body of the unfortunate woman.

Abusive pauper

Mr. Athy, Master Galway Workhouse, charged Margaret Leonard with abusing the Matron of the Workhouse on the 19th inst., while she was an inmate in the institution.

This woman, complainant stated, is continually coming and going to the institution.

Mr Kilbride: And I am sure you know what bad language is over there (laughter).

Complainant: It was the worst ever heard.

Hugh Donoghue, Assistant Master, stated that the expressions used were disgraceful.

Defendant was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment, and was ordered to find security to be of good behaviour on her release.

Coal order

At the weekly meeting of the Galway Board of Guardians, Mr. Faller said they should advertise for more than 100 or 50 tons of coal in consequence of the strike.

The Chairman said the suggestion was a good one. Mr. McDonagh said the price of coal was 6d a ton higher than last year. The Clerk said they had advertised for 300 tons.


Sheep dipping fines

Heavy fines were imposed by Mr. W.P. Cahill, D.J. at Lawrencetown Court in cases where farmers in the district failed to make returns to the County Council offices that their sheep were dipped. In one case, a defendant was fined 60s, with 40s. costs.


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Smart detective work

Smart work on the part of Detective Officer Maguire, Gort, led to the arrest and conviction of two young men from Mallow, County Cork, at Gort District Court, before Mr. Cahill. Both men pleaded guilty to the larceny of calves and sheep in the Crusheen district, and were each sent to prison for three months.

Detective Maguire came across a derelict car left on the side of the road late one night. There was no tax on this car, and taking the number of it, the Guards later traced the owner with some difficulty to Mallow.

The guards proceeded there, where the missing stock were found and identified by the owner in County Galway. The two men were arrested and detained, suspicion being at once aroused regarding them.

In reply to the Justice, the witness said the motor car made three trips from Mallow to Bellharbour, a distance of nearly 100 miles, in the night, returning at night with stolen animals.

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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