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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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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

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A winner at Ballybrit in July 1964 is led back by its owner and connections.

1922

Civil War impact

Had Ireland enjoyed the blessings of peace this year, the summer and autumn of 1922 would have stood out in our annals as a period when we had entered upon the first stages of real prosperity and welcomed the Irish from overseas to the shores of a free land.

Thousands of Americans came in the earlier part of the season. They had wallets full of money, which they were willing and anxious to spend amongst the people of their own land. To their dismay and keen disappointment, they found Ireland in a state of war.

A holiday in the ordinary sense was out of the question. Many of them turned to the highlands of Scotland; others went to Oberammergau, and other parts of the Continent; some turned westward again.

The daily Press has been full of the impressions of these visitors. Some of them had gone through experiences which tinged these impressions with rankling bitterness. We can imagine what they will say when they return home!

Ireland has lost by this fratricidal strife morally as well as materially, and the tragedy is that the loss has yet to be fully accounted, and that it comes upon a nation that has just secured its freedom after a struggle of centuries and at a time when we need all the wealth and work we can secure for national reconstruction.

It is now a matter of doubt whether Galway race meeting can be held this year, as those interested are not keen on courting a failure that would lower the prestige that Ballybrit has won.

Wait goes on for light

The proposed scheme for electric lighting of the town of Athenry has been temporarily postponed owing to the present condition of the country. The proposed capital was to be £3,000, £2,100 of which was to be subscribed by seven directors, while the rest was to be got from shareholders. It is expected that the project will be re-mooted as soon as opportunity offers.

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Taking it all in at the Galway Races in 1964.

1922

Economic war

The Irish Minister for Local Government has issued letter to each parish priest and public representative calling attention to the fact that the operators of the irregulars assume more and more distinctly the character of war upon the economic life of the Irish people. Bridges are being broken and roads obstructed all over the country.

In many places the railways have been cut and traffic interrupted. Within the last few days sections of the canals have been drained off. Mr. Cosgrove says that these acts do not prevent the progress of National troops, do not even seriously impede the transport of military supplies.

They are effective only against the civilian population, preventing the proper distribution of flour, foodstuffs, causing generally great hardship and, in some cases, actual starvation; hindering the dispatch of livestock and farm produce into the customary markets and inflicting losses on the agricultural community.

The Minister goes on to point out the unemployment stagnation, and cumulative distress that must follow such acts, and declares that the economic weapon is being used to force the people to reject the Treaty and enter upon a hopeless and unnecessary war with England.

Gaelic revival 

If Ireland be wise, and her sons do not throw her back into a whirl of chaos and anarchy and lay her once more an easy prey to conquest, the Gaelic revival is assured within the lifetime of the present generation.

Our children will soon be using their own tongue as the medium of learning the arts and sciences: though it will be disclosed to them the knowledge of other peoples and lands, and of the things that concern their own.

Our Gaelic contribution on page two this week is an inspiring study. Apart from the material aspect that 560 teachers studying at local centres have in small measure compensated for the loss of the races, the fact has emerged that Galway can become the greatest centre of Gaelic culture in Ireland.

The ceilidhthe and scoraidheachta held at various centres have been the wonder and delight of our visitors, some of whom have come from the Capital of the “Black North” to learn their mother tongue at its fountain head.

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