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November 18, 2010



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Road damage

The Galway Urban Council summonsed two defendants for taking sand off the beach, to the injury of the public road, at Grattan-road at the City Petty Sessions.

Mr. Blake, solr. (Messrs. Blake and Kenny), prosecuted; and Mr. Concannon, solr., defended.

Mr. Concannon asked under what Act of Parliament the prosecution was brought, for he could not for the life of him make out what the authority was for this case.

Chairman: The charge is very wide, Mr. Concannon.

Mr. Concannon: Wide! So very wide that I cannot fix it.

Mr. Blake said several cases of the kind had been heard in that court. The prosecution alleged that this sand was taken away to the injury, or possible injury to the road. The Council did not claim a right to the foreshore, but they contend that even the owners themselves could not go against the Act of Parlliament and take the sand. The taking of the sand allowed the sea greater freedom to attack the road.

The defendants were accused of taking cart loads of sand from the beach. The case was adjourned following legal argument.

Habitual drunkard

A woman was charged with being an habitual drunkard, and the defendant elected to be tried by the magistrates. A number of convictions for drunkenness against her within the last 12 months was recorded.

Mr. Mercer, D.J. said there was a vacancy in the Wexford Inebriate Reformatory.

Chairman: Well, Mrs., the Inebriates’ Home is the only place for you. We will send you there for three years and, of course, if you are cured before that time, you will be discharged. Some other parties in the town have now got an example of what may happen to them. Mr Campbell said the woman had spent between £800 and £900, and it would be a good thing if this thing happened to her ten years ago.


House without kitchen

A house which is being built without any provision for a kitchen was the subject of a discussion at Ballinasloe Mental Hospital on Monday, at which Mr. James Cosgrave, chairman, presided. In the new plans for the auxiliary mental hospital buildings, there were no provisions made for a kitchen, the original intention being that the food was to be cooked in the main building half a mile away and taken down to the new buildings.

Find in cart

Sergt. Monohan and four guards from Oughterard carried out searches for poteen on Saturday in the Seacum, Ugul and Finnaun districts. It is stated that they found a still, malt, barrels, buckets and shovels on the premises of David and Peter Walsh, Finnaun. Guards from Galway, Salthill and Spiddal also carried out searches for poteen last weekend in the Loughwell, Moycullen area.

Due to the vigilance of Garda Allen and Cummins, a big seizure of poteen was made on Saturday afternoon on the Galway-Moycullen Road. The two garda, who were in plain clothes, halted a sidecar in which Mrs. Julia Gillespie, Loughwell, was going into town. In a basket, they found four bottles of poteen, which, it is stated, Mrs Gillespie admitted were her property.

Hotel fire

A fire broke out in the Warwick Hotel, Salthill, in the early hours of Thursday morning. The ceiling of a kitchen was discovered to be burning. Galway Fire Brigade were called out at 3.45am and succeeded in putting the flames out. The brigade stood by for about two hours, but no further outbreak occurred.

’Wegians’ surprise

U.C.G. caught a tartar at the Sports Ground, Galway, on Sunday when they were defeated by Galwegians, the score at full time being: Galwegians, 6 points (2 tries); U.C.G., nil. Galwegians were worth at least one more sore and would have got it if Naughton on one occasion had let the ball out instead of attempting a futile drop at goal. No excuses can be made for the College team. Although they had not a full pack, there were only one or two notable absentees, and their back line was the best they could field. In short, they were beaten, and well beaten, by a better team.

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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City boys struggle in schools soccer final



Date Published: 24-Jan-2013

Coláiste na Coiribe 1

Our Lady’s Belmullet 3

Keith Kelly  in Castlebar

COLÁISTE Coláiste na Coiribe suffered Connacht final heartbreak for the third time in five years yesterday (Thursday) when they went down to the undisputed kingpins of Connacht B schools soccer, Our Lady’s Secondary of Belmullet, in the provincial final in Castlebar.

The game was moved from the GMIT campus in the town to the synthetic pitch of Castlebar Celtic due to a frozen pitch, and in truth the city side struggled to warm to the task against the reigning champions, who adapted far better to the artificial surface.

The Galway outfit did have the brighter start, pinning their opponents back on what was a very narrow pitch – there was just three yards between the sideline and the edge of the 18-yard box – but once Belmullet got their passing game going, they took the game by the scruff of the neck and never looked like relinquishing that grip,

They had just one goal to show at half-time for their dominance, but two goals in the space of three minutes early in the second half all but wrapped up the title, and while Coláiste na Coiribe worked hard to get back into the game – and pulled a goal back through Cathal O’Regan – they came up short against a well-drilled Mayo side.

Daithí Ó Máille caused the Belmullet defence plenty of problems down the right, and he came close to opening the scoring in the third minute when played in by Eric Ó Gionnain, but his first touch took him wide and the narrow angle proved his undoing.

Ó Gionnain then forced Belmullet ’keeper Jack Deane into a mistake when there looked to be little danger, but the ’keeper managed to scramble the ball out for a corner. Coláiste na Coiribe were unable to build on that impressive start, however, and Belmullet soon took control of what was at times an end-to-end game.

Daniel Lenihan and Caolann Malone had a busy day keeping the livewire Justin Healy under wraps, but the striker broke free in the 16th minute to test Ruairi Dempsey in the Coláiste na Coiribe goal, a test the ’keeper passed comfortably.

Dempsey then brilliantly denied the Mayo side the opener two minutes later when a corner from the left found Peter Caffrey unmarked, but his shot from six yards was brilliantly beaten away by Dempsey, and the Belmullet captain’s follow-up effort hit the post and went wide.

Kyle O’Reilly sent a shot wide from inside the box in the 24th minute, and Healy and Tommy Conroy linked up three minutes later down the right, but Conroy’s teasing ball across the face of goal eluded the inrushing attackers.

The Mayo side finally got the breakthrough on the half-hour mark when Eoin O’Donoghue got a head on Gary Boylan’s free-kick to direct the ball into the path of Conroy, and he fired home from inside the six yard box from what looked like an offside position.

It was no more than Belmullet deserved considering their dominance, and they as good as wrapped up the final early in the second half when scoring twice in three minutes. The impressive Boylan got both, the first a drive from just inside the box that gave Dempsey no chance in the 51st minute after Belmullet broke from a Coláiste na Coiribe corner; the second in the 54th minute when the midfielder pounced on a loose ball to drill home a shot from 20 yards out.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Charity shops still delivering the goods in tough times



Date Published: 31-Jan-2013

Government funding for Galway Airport could be in doubt as a result of the Budget.

The Department of Transport has confirmed that funding announced last year for regional airports is under review.

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