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Threatening language, pigs & hens drowned and a Galway Races ‘experiment

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1913

Threatening language

At Portumna Petty Sessions, James Donohoe, Derraking, had Michael Daniel summoned for threatening language and to show cause why he should not be bound to the peace. Mr. James J. Kearns, solr., appeared for the complainant.

Mr. Kearns said the language and threats were used on the 15th July on a turf bank which was being cut by complainant, of which Mr. Young was landlord.

Some time previous to July, Mr Young came on the property, and objected on the occasion to the quantity of turf cut by Donohoe and other tenants, but said he would not interfere that year. Michael Daniel is a son of Mr. Young’s herd, and on the date in question, he threatened Jas. Donohoe. Donohoe’s father was cutting the bank for over 50 years.

James Donohoe added that Daniel told him to clear away. He said that he would do six months for him. He told him to bring out his father. Daniel had a stick. His father did not come out. He was afraid of Daniel.

Cross-examined by defendant: Two other men were in the place. Martin Donohoe, father of witness, said that on the date in question, one of his sons came for him. He did not go out. He was afraid of Daniel. Defendant was bound to the peace for 12 months.  

1938

Pigs and hens drowned

A story of a flood in Oughterard that drowned pigs and hens was told to the county finance committee of the Galway County Council by Mr. Harry O’Toole.

Mr. O’Toole told the committee that the river was narrow at a sharp turn of the bed in Oughterard and was unable to take away all the water in time of flood. After the rain of the previous day the flood that morning (Saturday) was unusually heavy and a number of people had to go out and transfer fowl and bonhams to a place of safety. Some hens and pigs were, in fact, drowned.

Mr. Perry, former county surveyor, had intended to blast away part of the bend to give the water a clear run and to build a 100 yards long wall to confine the river, but did not get an opportunity to do it. He wondered if the Council would get that work done now.

On the suggestion of the chairman, it was agreed to ask Mr. M.J. Kennedy, county surveyor, for a report.

1963

Galway Races experiment

Galway Races of 1963 will be remembered primarily as the meeting at which the experiment of opening with evening races was inaugurated. A decision on whether the experiment is to become a regular feature of the famed three-day event will be taken later.

 As has been usual for the past few years race eve in Galway-Salthill on Monday was quiet with large crowds making the most of the glorious heatwave.

Beaches along the coastline were packed and the bed bureaux in Eglinton Street and at Salthill were fully geared to meet a record demand for accommodation. The splendid weather continued on Tuesday and in the afternoon the trek to the course was off.

The evening meeting was launched to very favourable circumstances from the point of view of the weather. The intense heat of the afternoon had faded by the time racing began.

The attendance figures and the tote figures for the opening day last year and the experimental evening meeting make an interesting comparison. There was an increase of over 1,000 in the attendance on Tuesday evening, while the tote figures were up substantially.

The general opinion appeared to be strongly in favour of the evening meeting. Business people in the city were especially emphatic that it was a most welcome development affording their staffs an opportunity of attending.

1988

Ballyforan death knell

The death knell has finally been rung for the ‘miracle’ multi-million pound industry which was to provide 600 jobs for the East Galway area, with the confirmation from the Bord na Mona chief executive that the proposed Ballyforan peat briquette plant had been completely ruled out of the company’s plans.

Tickets ‘foul up’

There was growing consternation this week among loyal Galway hurling supporters who are unable to lay their hands on tickets for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final clash against Offaly.

And they are blaming the Hurling Board for the method of distributing the rather limited number of tickets the county received from G.A.A. headquarters.

Supporters were under the impression it would be a first-come, first-served basis on which the tickets would be distributed, but to their dismay, they have had to file applications with the Hurling Board and await their luck.

Record house bid

Auctioneer Martin Tyrrell announced a new record price of £75,000 for a house at Ballymote, Tuam. The price includes carpets, curtains and some extra items.

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A man lies on a bed of nails at the opening of Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, on October 26, 1972

1921

Silence is golden

Leaders on both sides have stated that the best assistance the country can give in the making of peace is to keep silence.

During the past week there has been a great deal of speculation, most of it harmless enough, as, for instance, the enterprising American journalist’s “exclusive” on the first meeting of the British Premier and the President of the Irish Republic; much of it positively mischievous, as the case of the efforts of a certain journal, which has grown hoary in the reputation for throwing in the apple of discord, to anticipate failure in advance.

Our American colleague was on surer and on safer ground when he told of how de Valera and Lloyd George met.

“Mr. Lloyd George,” he cabled, “was sitting at his desk when the Irish President entered. For just a minute these two gazed fixedly at one another. Then the British Premier walked across the intervening space and shook de Valera by the hand. He led him to a seat where they sat side by side. The atmosphere was tense. They faced one another. Then Lloyd George reached down for a box of cigars. But the Irish President is of Spartan mould. He neither permits himself to drink nor smoke. He politely but firmly waved the box away. Mr. Lloyd George, however, selected and lighted a Havana, and as the smoke curled upwards the atmosphere became decidedly easier!”

Good planning

The wise and practical man always lays by a store against the time when supplies will be scarce. One of the most serious effects of the prolonged drought is the scarcity of supplies of fodder for cattle-feeding during the coming winter and spring.

The hay crop is not more than half the average yield. The corn crop is far below normal. Turnips in many districts are a partial failure. We have frequently emphasised the importance of growing catch-crops to supplement other feeding stuffs raised on the farm, but it is only under circumstances such as the present that their utility is brought home to farmers. Owing to the early harvest, a larger area than is usual can and should be put down this season. This would make good, to some extent, at least, the shortage of hay and other feeding-stuffs.

The demonstration plots laid down by the County Committee of Agriculture have shown that catch-crops, such as vetches and rye as well as other mixtures, can be successfully grown in all parts of County Galway.

We would urge on farmers the desirability – nay, the necessity – of procuring seed and making early preparation for the sowing of an increased area of catch-crops this season.

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Children dancing at the Clonbur Festival on July 5, 1980. An article in the Tribune at the time detailed how this was the fourth such festival with events covering set dancing, figure dancing, art, fishing and an old-time waltz competition.

1921

Peace at last

Hope “hath happy place” in this land of ours to-day. Those who disappoint it are the enemies not only of Ireland, but of civilisation. Before proceeding to the preliminary conference with Mr. Lloyd George at 10, Downing-street, yesterday afternoon, Mr. de Valera said that he thought the outlook for peace both from the British and Irish points of view was better than it had ever been in history.

The Irish leader would not make this statement unless he had good grounds for it. We may accept it as the confident prediction of one who has proceeded with extreme caution throughout these momentous negotiations.

Yet patient confidence in ultimate justice and patient endurance for a little are needed. There are those who would, if they could, thwart the coming of peace, but they will be borne aside by the widening will to peace, and the larger outlook that the coming of the Truce has brought.

The agony of these days that are past, as we hope for ever, is like a nightmare. Only last week, the pages of the “Tribune” told of the trials and tribulations through which the mothers and sisters of County Galway had gone. The stories related at the Quarter Sessions afforded some index of the hell of ceaseless apprehension and the dread which the women and children have had to bear for many months.

It would seem as if there could be no requital for their sorrows upon this earth. But there is sometimes a balance of justice in human affairs. To-day, as Ireland hopes and prays, this balance is about to be meted out as a common national inheritance.

The Truce has been observed in the spirit of mutual forbearance, good-will and generosity. One can conceive that the horrible conditions of the past nine months will ever be recalled. Indeed, there is no person who would desire or contrive at such an eventuality. Its very contemplation makes us fearful of the outcome of these fateful conferences.

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A section of the crowd in the stand before the start of a race at the Galway Races at Ballybrit in July 1965. Organisers of the festival this year are awaiting confirmation that there will be a return of similar scenes in two week's time with plans to allow 5,000 punters in under eased Covid restrictions.

1921

Theft in Renmore

At about eleven o’clock on Saturday morning two employees of Miss Behan, carrier and forwarding agent, Galway, delivering a quantity of groceries, cigarettes, etc., at the Army and Navy Stores, Renmore, were held up at the turn of the road leading into Renmore by six men who had come down from the Oranmore road.

The drivers were requested to stop the horses, and this being done, two members of the party searched the cars minutely. One of the two who had searched the cars took away a box of containing a quantity of cigarettes to the value of £30.

The drivers reported the matter on arrival at the military barracks and subsequently investigations were made but without success.

Death in pavilion blaze

Set ablaze early on Friday morning last, the pavilion at Athenry tennis and cricket ground was destroyed. Half buried in the debris on the morning following were found the charred remains of a human being.

Shortly after midnight many of the inhabitants of Athenry were awakened by the lurid flames from the north side of the town which shone all over the place. After some time, the local R.I.C. visited the place and found the pavilion had been almost gutted and gone beyond any hope of salvage.

They, however, succeeded in removing a quantity of the wool which the caretaker, Mr. P. Doherty, had stored in an adjoining shed. Delph, costly cutlery, linens and furniture to the value of £100 were reduced to ashes, as were also two sets of harness and a small sum of money, the property of the caretaker.

When the place ceased smouldering on the following day the charred remains of a human being rendered unrecognisable by the flames were found in the cellar.

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