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Galway in Days Gone By

A view across the Claddagh Basin from the tower of Galway Fire Station in the Summer of 1979. The most notable features are the derelict Fisheries Watchtower (left centre), now revamped with a new footbridge access and hosting a small fisheries museum, and the decaying McDonogh's Fertiliser premises, now the site of Jury's Hotel and a multi-storey carpark.

Galway In Days Gone By

1916 Negligent councillors There was important business to be transacted by the District Council of Oughterard last Thursday, but there was no meeting for want of a quorum. It may not be out of place to...
Williamsgate Street in Galway in the early 1960s with Corbetts furniture store and Blackrock clothing dominating the right hand side of the street and Fallers Jewellers on the left where it still thrives today.

Galway In Days Gone By

1916 Patient’s disappearance On Tuesday night of last week, a patient in the Galway County Hospital disappeared, and, despite the most anxious and thorough search on the part of the hospital officials, the man’s own people,...
Traders in Eyre Square in thye 1970s at the location currently being occupied by the Galway Christmas Market.

Galway In Days Gone By

1916 No Christmas box A largely-attended, and very representative, meeting of the Shopkeepers of Galway was held on Thursday evening last, when, after discussing the difficulties of carrying on business at the present time, it was...
The St. Patricks National School Confirmation class of 1960. Front row, from left: Peter Salmon, Pete Molloy, Christy O'Connor Junior, Noel Lane, Johnny McCormack, and John Heaney. Second row: Teacher Tom Walsh, John Finn, Gerard Condon, Anthony McDonagh, Pete O Brennáin, Frank Kavanagh, Gerard Tierney, Eamon Howard, Tommy Morris, Pat Moloney, John Mills, .... Coleman, Austin Molloy and Martin Folan. Third row: Desmond Grant, Maurice Ward, Eddie McCormack, Seamus Furey, Joe Molloy John Shaw, Colm Flaherty, Joe Cleary, Gerard Burke, Tom Broderick, Joseph Healy, Michael Forde, and Seamus Harlowe. Fouth row: Tom Cantwell, Tom Farragher, Macdara Glynn, Arthur Quinn, James Heffernan, Willie Connell, Francis Hickey, Ollie Ryan, Michael Talbot, Kevin Duffy, Tommy Lally, Kieran Mannion and Ronnie Howard. Fifth row: Pat Walsh, Gerard Costello, Gerald McCarthy, Michael Condon, Sean Kelly, Noel Walsh, Colm O’Brien, Domnick Healy, Patsy Murphy, Tommy Jordan, Frederick Ryan and Ronnie Murphy.

Galway In Days Gone By

1918 Disaster fund Up to a few days ago, the Carna Disaster Fund had reached the total of £700. This includes a sum of £100 contributed by the Local Government Board following the visit of Mr....
Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York pictured with his relations on a visit to Abbeyknockmoy in May 1969, only weeks after his elevation to Cardinal. Cardinal Cooke was deeply cognisant of his Galway roots and on this visit celebrated Mass in Newcastle, Athenry. He died in 1983.

Galway In Days Gone By

1916 Three in a bed At a meeting of Loughrea District Council, Chairman P. Riordan, J.P., said he heard of a lodging house the police inspected to see if there were three in a bed. Mr. Cahill:...
The funeral of Fr Peter Dooley, Parish Priest of the united parishes of St Patrick’s and the Abbey from 1869 to his death in 1911. The funeral is pictured passing down the western side of Eyre Square. Born at Culliagh near Headford in 1836, Fr Dooley was a man of the people. He was instrumental in helping to found the Galway Woollen Mills in Newtownsmyth, as well as a hosiery factory in Francis Street, both giving much-needed employment to the area. He built the Temperance Hall in Lombard Street, and provided much social housing in the Woodquay and Sickeen areas of the city without any government aid.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Blown to atoms About half-past five on Friday afternoon, the shock of what appeared to be a terrific explosion a considerable distance off was heard in Galway. It shook windows and doors, and many people...

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