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October 7, 2010



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Wife assault

A Ballinasloe woman summoned her husband for assault. The complainant stated her husband left the house about six weeks ago and returned last Monday night week. On Saturday last he came down to the house and broke 9 panes of glass and cracked 7.

On Wednesday, he again came to the house at 8.15, and when he was inside he turned the key in the door and said he would kill her. He struck her on the side of the head with his fist and took a glass and threw it at her. He again threatened to kill her when she told the police.

D.I. Gamble stated that McDonnell was under a rule of bail. A witness stated he saw the defendant coming from Bolger’s lane to his own house and having gone inside locked the door. He heard a row going on inside and he burst in the door. Defendant had a key in his hand.

He took him outside, but did not see him strike his wife. He also saw defendant throw a glass, but he did not know whether it was at his wife or daughter.

In reply to the Chairman of the Petty Sessions, witness said he was not present all the time while the town was going on. Sergeant Connolly stated that the defendant was bound to the peace for assaulting his son, and was a man of very bad character.

Chairman: He is sentenced to two months in gaol.

Evil tipplers

The Pro-Cathedral, Galway was crowded to its utmost capacity on Sunday night when the quarterly meeting of the St. Patrick’s Temperance League of the West was held. After the Rosary, the Rev. P. Lydon, C.C., preached an instructive and practical sermon on the evils of tippling.

Between moderation and excess, he said, there was a path of intemperance more or less sinful. He alluded to the path taken by the systematic drunkards, whom one never could say had “crossed the line”. Though they were always under the influence of drink, they were not drunk: they tippled and tippled, becoming sots and spoiling their lives, losing all qualities of manliness, uprightness and honour.

The life of a tippler became as a garden where nothing grew but rank and noxious weeds. He was a greater menace to society than the drunkard, because the drunkard only inspired derision and contempt.

The tippler produced no such feeling, but appeared to be always jolly, always a good fellow, and led others into his besotted condition of sinfulness. A man who lived in this condition was incapable of resisting temptation, or of living an upright and manly life.


English in schools

The question of Irish in examinations for public appointments was the subject of a long discussion at a conference of delegates from County Galway branches of the Gaelic League held in St. Ignatius College, Galway, on Saturday. Tomas O’Deirg, Minister for Education, was criticised for his attitude on the question.

Padraig Feeney said that in a recent examination for woodwork teachers through Irish, the questions were entirely in English on the paper and related to films or Hollywood stars with which only city people would be acquainted. There had been no centre for that examination in Connacht. He considered that the standard of English for public examinations of this kind was too high and the standard of Irish was too low.

Mr Waldron said that the fact that the Government do not hold Irish should be a necessary subject for the intermediate and leaving certificate examination was a sign that they were bending the knee to the foreign element in Dublin.

Hollywood star

Mr. Charles (Buddy) Rogers, the well-known American film star, paid a short visit to Galway on Wednesday. Mr Rogers had long wished to visit Ireland, particularly the West, and a short break between films in which he is engaged gave him the opportunity of fulfilling this desire.

He flew from Croydon to Dublin on Tuesday, and arrived in Galway on Wednesday morning. He missed the Dun Aengus to Aran, but chartered a motorboat at Costelloe to which he had travelled by road.

Mr. Rogers returned to Galway on Thursday morning and left for Dublin by the 3.30 train.

Mr. Rogers was shown over the city by Miss Kathleen Curran, of the Galway Steamship Company, and expressed himself as being delighted with everything he saw.

Ticket fraud

The Connacht Senior Football Final had a sequel at Roscommon District Court on Tuesday before Mr. J.P. Kenny, D.J. when two men were charged with having conspired with persons unknown to defraud the Gaelic Athletic Association Ltd by collecting and reselling used admission tickets to Roscommon Sports Field, and by unlawfully receiving money for said tickets from persons unknown entering the field on July 21. Both men were fined £2 each and £2 10s in expenses.

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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