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September 2, 2010



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Live by the sword

Mr W Holian, cottage contractor, Tuam, wrote that he could not proceed with the erection of a cottage for a tailor named Gilligan, as the latter would not leave the present house he was living in, so that the contractor could get the stones of it.

The Clerk [at Tuam Union] said that Gilligan was a tailor and that he got a cottage from the L.G. Board Inspector (laughter).

Mr. Kennedy said it would be imprudent to put the man out of his house under the circumstances. He directed Gilligan to maintain possession of his house.

Gilligan: I will never leave it until I am put out by the sword (laughter).

The Clerk said there was nothing about compensating Gilligan in the award.

It was decided to adjourn the matter, pending a probable arrangement between Gilligan and the contractor.

Church larceny

A larceny is reported to have occurred at the Jesuit Church after last Mass on Sunday. A lady visitor to Salthill, Miss Glynn, who attended that Mass, left after her in the church a purse containing £4 British money and twelve or thirteen dollar bills.


On returning for the purse, she was unable to find it. The police were informed of the matter and Mary-Anne Barrett, William Street West, was arrested on charge of having, as alleged, stolen the purse. Peter Barrett was subsequently arrested on the charge of receiving the money, knowing it to be stolen. In his possession was found a sum of 15s. The accused parties were taken before Mr. Kilbride, R.M., on Wednesday, and remanded to next Monday’s Petty Sessions.

Clever young lady

The parents and friends of Miss Agnes Kirwan, of Lower Salthill, will be pleased to hear that she has passed in the first division, and has obtained the title ‘Associate of Arts’ at the recent Senior Oxford University examination, held at St. Mary’s High school, Hull. Miss Kirwan’s success is to a large extent due to the Sisters of the Convent of Mercy School, Galway, where she got her earlier education.


Housing shortage

Ballinasloe Urban Council find themselves faced with a new difficulty arising out of the acute shortage of houses in Ballinasloe. Following a visit by the Department’s Housing Inspector, the Minister for Local Government and Public Health has written to the Council directing the transfer of the seven or eight families now accommodated in the old fever hospital attached to the workhouse to the Council’s new houses at Brackernagh, where the contractor had instructions following the inspector’s visit to have the required number of houses completed as early as possible.

Valuable liner

One hundred and thirty-six passengers joined the liner at Galway and twelve passengers disembarked. When leaving the harbor this morning, the “St. Louis” has all available accommodation booked out.

There were also on board £8 million sterling, a number of motor cars, fifty-one dogs, and a number of bags of meals.

One day strike

Tuam had a one-day strike on Tuesday. Eight local men employed on the second section of the Town Commissioners’ house building scheme at the New Line went out on Monday evening because three men, natives of Ballina, had been taken on the job by the contractors, Messrs. Naughton and Sons, Ballina.

Local labour stood out because several of their fellow workers remain still unemployed and the strike took place to secure the right of local unemployed getting first preference before outsiders are taken in on jobs which are largely financed by local rates.


Heavy rain, falling from 12 noon until 12 midnight, marred what might have been a memorable day in Salthill on Sunday. Everything was set for the opening of the gala, which had to be held in the Salthill Pavilion at 8pm, when the Very Rev P. Canon Davis regretted that the rain prevented them holding the events they had fixed for Sunday.

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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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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