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Poker ace to play in Galway



Date Published: 16-May-2007

Poker TV star Andrew Black will play in a Charity Poker Tournament in the Westwood Hotel, Dangan, next week.

He will answer questions and give top tips for budding poker professionals in a Poker Master class during the evening, on Wednesday, May 23.

The €50 Re-buy tournament is presented by Pokerevents and Donal MacAonghusa to raise funds for the Voluntary Services Overseas and begins at 8 pm.

Special prizes on the night are sponsored by The Clifden Station House Hotel, The Orchid Restaurant, Pokerevents, Laptek Computers and many, many more.

Andrew Black said he was “delighted to help old friends Donal and Fionnuala and to be associated with the Voluntary Service Overseas. ”

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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April 4, 2913



Date Published: 03-Apr-2013


600 strike

On Saturday morning last, as a result of the failure of the Galway Branch (No. 20) of the National Union of Dock Labourers to come to an agreement with the City Branch of the Employers’ Federation, in regard to working rules and rates of wages for the present year, between 500 and 700 men struck work. These comprised dockers and casual labourers, yardsmen, carters, builders’ labourers etc.

The situation thus created was unprecedented in the history of Galway, or, indeed, of any town in Connacht. It immediately resulted in an almost total dislocation of traffic, and in considerable injury to business.

The strike, which has been brought about by the consolidation and sectional organisation of practically all the forces of labour in the city within the past two years, was at first taken not very seriously by the citizens.

As a result of the trouble, the City police force has been considerably augmented, and its strength now stands at about 150. There is no unusual police activity, however, nor has the necessity for it arisen.

Police and civilians

The Achill magistrates on Monday agreed to adjourn several cases and cross-cases of assault between police and civilians, the later mainly women, arising out of an affray on 7th March last in connection with the agitation for the transfer of land.

Rev. Father Colleran, P.P., in applying for the adjournment, said there was peace on the island, and the people would guarantee to continue the peace, but it should be understood that they were not giving up the agitation, and would pay no rent until they got the land.


Soldier badly injured

Martin Conneely, the Claddagh, Galway, a private in the Irish Free State National Army, stationed at Renmore Barracks, was admitted to the Central Hospital, Galway, late on Wednesday night suffering from severe head injuries received when, it is stated, he was dazzled by the lights of an oncoming car, while cycling near the Claddagh, lost his balance, and fell twenty feet into the Claddagh basin below. The tide was out at the time.

He was immediately removed to the Central Hospital, but a “Connacht Tribune” representative was informed on Thursday morning that Conneely was still unconscious.

Boy struck by car

A young boy named Keogh, from Canal Road, Galway, while on his way to school on Thursday morning at about 9a.m. was struck by a Ford Ten motor car at the Salmon Weir Bridge. The boy was suffering from shock and slight injuries and was immediately removed to the Central Hospital, but was not detained. He is a son of Mr. T. Keogh, N.T., St. Brendan’s School, Galway.

Vocational education

The evening classes in the Tuam Vocational School are such a success that practically all of them are filled with students, and a waiting list has been opened for new students. These evening classes include cookery, engineering, woodwork and domestic economy, Irish and art classes. There are a few vacancies in the art, Irish and commercial. Altogether 160 students are attending the evening classes, which continue from 8.15pm to 10 o’clock each night. We believe this is a record for a vocational school such a short time open.

The day classes, although satisfactory, are not so well attended. These classes include engineering, woodwork, art, commerce, domestic science and general subjects, and are intended as a continuation course for pupils after leaving school. They are held each day from 10am to 3.30pm.

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Galway swimmers claim 32 medals at Irish NS finals



Date Published: 04-Apr-2013

 Galway Swimming Club swimmers scooped 32 medals at the Irish National School Finals, which was held in Leisureland last weekend and saw 380 children from 60 schools competing in an event that attracts the fastest schools swimmers that qualify from the four Irish provinces.

Galway SC success at the competition included Fionn Duffy (Maree NS) winning gold in the U-12 Boys Individual Medley and silver in the 50 metre Butterfly; Joseph Doorly (Furbo NS)) won gold in the U-12 Boys Freestyle; while Max Kolcow (St Patrick’s NS) won bronze in the U-12 Boys 100 Individual Medley.

In the U-12 Girls category, Lauren Walsh (Scoil Iognáid) won silver in the Individual Medley and bronze in the 50metres Breaststroke. In the U-9 Boys category, Tom O’Sullivan (Scoil Fhursa) won silver in the 50 metres Butterfly, and bronze in the 50 metre Freestyle.

In the relay events, gold medals were won by Emma Kennelly and Alison Gibbs in both the U-10 Girls’ Freestyle and Medley events representing Scoil Rois, Taylor’s Hill; while the girls from Scoil Iognáid – Ruby Murphy, Anna Coyne, Sophie Moran, Anna O’Donoghue and Lauren Walsh – claimed silver and bronze in the U-12 Freestyle and Individual Medley relay events.

Galway SC swimmers representing St Pats, Max Kalcow, Owen Moore, Tom Scully, Cillian Jordan and John Morrison swam superbly to achieve bronze medals in the U-12 Boys Freestyle and IM relays. Scoil Iognáid U-10 Boys also achieved bronze in their Medley relay consisting of Aaron Burke, Charlie Power, James Harrison and Eidhne Kennedy.

Other finalists from Galway Swimming Club competing at the National School Championships were Ailbhe Mulhall, Lauren McKnight, Keela Mulhall, David Doorly, Roisin Finn, Darragh Hanrahan, Zak Rather, Isabelle Gibbs, Madeline Mitchell, Jennifer Holland and Alannah Blacoe.

All the children train on a regular basis at Galway SC and everyone at the club would like to take this opportunity in congratulating all the swimmers on the fantastic achievements and endeavours at this year’s national schools’ competition.

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