Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Archive News

Mulhollands still going strong



Date Published: {J}

The number of childcare services in the city has increased by over 30 percent in the past 5 years.

According to a new report published by Galway city Council, the elctoral areas of Ballybane and Barna have the highest number of services with 47.

Meanwhile the divisions of Ballybrit and Nuns Island have the lowest number of childcare services with just two.

The Galway city Atlas, which was published this week, states that there is now a total of 144 childcare services operating in the city.

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

Continue Reading

Archive News

City Library hosts ‘Inspired’ exhibition of photography



Date Published: 11-Apr-2013

 An exhibition of photography from students of the VTOS Adult Education Centre in Galway is being held in the City Library from this weekend until April 30.

Inspired will feature a beautiful collection of work by the talented adults in ‘second-chance education’ and is free to all members of the public.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of the best photos produced by amateur photographers for their FETAC level 5 portfolios. These photographers were all beginners when they started the VTOS course and have now qualified at FETAC Level 5. Many have now moved on to third-level courses and others have found employment or started up in their own business.

VTOS is a community college which offers opportunities to adults to acquire educational and training qualifications in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, allowing them to progress to further education and employment. It was established in 1989 under the auspices of City of Galway VEC.

Inspired will run at Galway City Library and will be open on Mondays from 2pm to 5pm; on Tuesdays from 11am to 8pm; on Wednesdays from 11am to 8pm; on Thursdays from 11am to 5pm; on Fridays from 11am to 5pm; and on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm until April 30.

Continue Reading

Archive News

No better man than Joyce to coin a phrase



Date Published: 17-Apr-2013

 You’d have to feel sorry for the bloke in the Central Bank who made a pig’s ear of the new commemorative €10 coin that misquoted James Joyce.

Because it’s not hard to misquote a man who uses the coma as sparingly as the Fianna Fail Government used the Bank Regulator.

And – let’s call a spade a spade here – Joyce may well be a genius but most of us haven’t the first notion what in the name of God he’s going on about.

So if we didn’t lose track of things because of a deliberate lack of punctuation, chances are we’d miss out on a line or two through the sudden onslaught of sleep.

The erroneous lines on the front on the coin are taken from the beginning of chapter three of Ulysses, where Stephen Dedalus walks alone along Sandymount Strand reflecting.

What Joyce actually wrote: "Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read."

However, on the Central Bank coin the surplus word ‘that’ is inserted into the second sentence.

Now without being overly pedantic about it, one could argue that the use of ‘that’ actually improved the sentence – but criticising Joyce in literary circles here is akin to making a wisecrack about Kim Jong Un’s haircut in North Korea.

Perhaps the Central Bank would be better occupied trying to get us a better deal on our debt than minting tributes for Joycean aficionados – but given our penniless state, they’ve clearly committed bigger crimes than this one over the past decade.

Wouldn’t it have been a much bigger mistake if our unfortunate designer had put €20 instead of €10 on the coin and we accidently ended up devaluing them by half with the stroke of a metaphorical pen?

The only complication there is that this €10 coin was already retailing for €46, which only goes to show that there’s a fool born every minute – lashing out nearly five times the face value for a coin you’ll never spend unless you accidently divvy it up to a barman when you’re drunk.

But if our Central Bank pen-pusher had put in an extra zero or two at the end of it, we could have bought these coins ourselves for a tenner and then sold them to the Germans for a hundred – or even a thousand – thus making the first serious dent in our national debt.

Remember too that the Germans had a great fondness for Joyce – even if it was William instead of James – but wouldn’t it be nice to have the last laugh (the last Haw Haw if you like) on our old paymasters?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads