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May 6, 2010



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Workhouse whiskey

The Board of Guardians of Loughrea Union will, at their meeting to be held on Saturday, the 14th day of May, 1910, receive and consider tenders for the supply from that day to the 31st March, 1911, of 7-year old whiskey in quarter casks, delivered free at the Workhouse. The whiskey must be supplied at full strength as taken out of bond, and parties tendering must state in the tender the strength, where bonded, and name of distiller. By order, J. Conway, Clerk of the Union.

Cowardly assault

Indignation is a mild term for the public feeling that has been manifested in Loughrea at the cowardly and murderous assault which has been committed by some members of the R.I.C. on two inoffensive young men, brothers, at Cross Street on the night of the 23rd ult., as a result of which they are still in hospital, and the Medical Officer cannot certify them to be out of danger.

Their names are John and Martin Kelly, and the saddest part of the affair is that Martin was after burying his young wife, to whom he was married only a few months, just the day before the occurrence.

It appears that on the night in question, the boys went down the town to pay the bill in connection with the funeral, and worried with the recent trouble, they had perhaps a drop too much, and coming home, they were spotted by a couple of members of the “superior” kind of police that we have now got in Loughrea, who thought they had materials for “a case”, and shadowed the boys to their home.

They hung around the door for some time, which it seems one of the young men resented and went out to know what they wanted, whereupon the row began, the police using their batons with such vigour as will account for the men’s detention in hospital for some time to come.



Much interest has been aroused by the comments in last week’s Connacht Tribune about the bee-keeping industry in Connemara. From further enquiries, which our Connemara correspondent has pursued in various parts of the country, it would appear that the prospects for a honey market this year will be remarkably good.


Sea monster

Fisherman fishing in Galway Bay on Wednesday found a sea monster which they killed and landed on an island at the mouth of the Bay. The monster is alleged to be 40 feet in length. This (Friday) morning, the “Connacht Tribune” special correspondent has gone to see the strange sea denizen.

 Graveyard condition

Most Rev. Dr. Dignan, Bishop of Clonfert expressed disappointment at the condition of the graveyards at Kilrickle and Killagh and said he had been exhorting the people to clean these graveyards since 1926, but was dissatisfied with the way these graveyards were kept.

 Tuam factory?

We understand that there are bright prospects of having a hosiery factory opened in Tuam within the present year. The leading Tuam drapers are taking an interest in the matter and negotiations have already taken place between them and other interested parties. Nothing definite has yet been decided on, but it is learned that a suitable site is likely to be obtained on the Dublin Road, Tuam.

It is suggested that the big demand for hosiery of home manufacture cannot be satisfied by the existing factories. Girls would be mostly employed in the factory, which would at the beginning give employment to about thirty hands.

Busy Novena

There was an enormous attendance during the past week at the annual Augustinian Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel, which concluded on Tuesday with Rosary, sermon on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. On the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, there was Solemn High Mass at 11 o’clock. The novena was marked by inspiring scenes of devotion, the huge congregation overflowing onto the steps of the church on several occasions.

The altars were beautifully embowered in flowers, and the lovely altar to Our Lady of Good Counsel made special appeal with its many bright lamps and glimmering candles.

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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