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From our Photo Archive Mayor of Galway, Cllr Brendan Holland with CIE staff at the launch of a new double-decker bus service between Salthill and Galway city centre in the Summer of 1967.

1915

Dangerous visitors

The pickpockets, on the whole, had a poor time. The English “crooks” have been so well watched that, for the present, at any rate, they have suspended activities at Irish meetings. But we had some of the greatest “crooks” that the Irish police know, and it is not to be wondered at that one gentleman missed a sum of £25 at the bazaar, while many minor articles of clothing were missing. The detectives, however, did their work well. But it is not a little amazing how easily respectably-dressed young ladies pick up acquaintances. In at least two instances, they were to be seen making all too free with characters who had already won notoriety in the police records. Assuredly, the Vigilance Committee needs to look after more than the children.

1940

All-Ireland title

The one topic of conversation in Athenry at present is the great victory of Michael Walsh in the All-Ireland senior soft ball championship. Walsh, who learned his hand in his native town, Athenry, beat Hasset, Tipperary, in the final 21-15, 21-12, 21-16. By this victory, Walsh sets up a new record and a so-far unbeaten one, as he is the first Galway man to win the senior singles and Purcell cup. In the semi-final, Hasset defeated Gilmartin, holder of four All-Ireland titles. In the second semi-final, Walsh beat Garda Perry, Roscommon, who has held the title for eight years.

1965

Tribune changes

After more than half a century, the Connacht Tribune adopts Front Page News. Gone are the advertisements from page 1 to an inside page. In the place they occupied so long are some of the current news stories. As our readers take this issue of the Connacht Tribune in their hands that change to front page news may appear to them to be the most striking innovation. There are, however, other changes not less important. Our paper this week contains 20 pages, four more pages than usual.

1990

 

Michael D a ‘red’

The Mayor of Galway, Deputy Michael D Higgins, has been accused of being a ‘red’ by the Mayor of a small city in the Soviet Union! In fact, so serious was the accusation, that the delegation from the Latvian city of Ventspils showed little interest in coming to Galway until there is a change of Mayor. Deputy Higgins found he had little in common with Ventspils’ Mayor during a three-day visit to Lorient in Brittany at the weekend for the opening of the Interceltic Festival. Learning of Deputy Higgins’ politics and his work as a Labour Dáil Deputy, the Latvians were particularly critical of his views and refused to hold discussions with him.

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The construction of a new wheelchair-friendly footbridge by Galway Corporation over the Friar’s River Canal at Newtownsmith on October 20, 1998. It replaced the old temporary bridge that had become dangerous and could not take wheelchairs.

1922

Posting poor returns

Postal rates and telephone charges in Ireland are at the moment probably as high as they are in any country in the world, higher than they are in most.

The penny post has been restored in Great Britain, following the wage cut, which was introduced without any stoppage in the public service.

And the postal facilities in Ireland at the moment are probably worse than in any civilised state in the world. This is not altogether the fault of those who control the post office.

But, while much of this is due to conditions over which postal officials can have no control, a very considerable percentage of it is due to a badly run post office.

There is something very rotten in a service that loses a million a year, and yet gives the public only very indifferent results; for not merely are the Irish people paying abnormal postal and telegraph rates, but they are paying for the deficit in the form of taxation, so that their letters cost them much more than twopence.

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

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Oil-covered swans being rescued for cleaning from the water at the Claddagh following an oil spill into the River Corrib in March 2001. A spillage upstream reached the Claddagh Basin and dozens of swans had to be removed to a sanctuary for safe keeping. About 20 swans were so contaminated that they either died or had to be put down.

1922

Temperance club

A long-felt want in Galway has been supplied this week by the opening on Monday night of the temperance club in the Columban Hall.

The club, which will be carried on under the committee of the Pioneer Association, is not confined exclusively to pioneers, but will be open to persons who have a pledge against the use of alcoholic drinks.

There will be an entrance fee of 2s. and a nominal payment for members of 6d. a month will be required to pay expenses. It is intended to provide games, etc., on the premises and in the near future to organise concerts, debates, conversazione, etc.

Rev. Father Stapleton, director of the Pioneer Association, is interesting himself in the club, and those who know the kindly soggarth aroon’s organising capacity have no doubt as to the future success of the club.

Those desirous of joining should call at the hall any night during the week between the hours of 7 and 10.30 p.m.

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