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Drunken Bowsie On The Rampage



Date Published: 04-Nov-2009



Drunken assault

Before Sean MacGiollarnaith, D.J., at Roundstone District Court, a man from Murkey was fined 5s and put on rule of bail for twelve months, himself on £5 and two sureties of £5 each for assaulting Guard Lucy, Roundstone on August 30.

Guard Lucy said he was on duty in Roundstone street at about 9.40 p.m. on the night of Roundstone races with Sergeant Fox. They saw a man who was drunk and disorderly and were taking him to the station when the defendant approached them and attempted to take the prisoner from them.

Guard Lucy told him to go away but he paid no attention. They guard then pushed him away. The defendant returned the attack and struck Guard Lucy on the nose with his fist. Defendant’s case was that he might have struck Guard Lucy as described but he was too drunk to know what he was doing.


Film award

Robert Flaherty’s film “Man of Aran”, has been awarded the Mussolini Cup for the best foreign film by the Second International Exhibition of the Art of the Cinema.


Sanitary fears

Dr. Lavelle, M.O. Ballinasloe, reported to the Urban Council that following a general inspection of some places in the town he recommended that sanitary accommodation be at once put in in several houses at present without any sanitary conveniences. Included in the latter houses, he said, were two licensed premises where there were no means of disposing of the sewage. Mr Cullen said that considering the seriousness of the doctor’s report he proposed that the necessary notices be served on the owners of the premises referred to in all cases to put in proper sanitary arrangements.


Tuam fireworks

On Friday evening last there was a proper fireworks display of lightning over the district. For hours the sky was lit up by peculiar flashes of lightning more in the nature of flickering shadows of light which kept playing on the sky like fireworks, so much so that many people though it was a reflection of fireworks from Galway.


County finances

At the weekly meeting of the Finance Committee of the Galway County Council, acting secretary Mr. T. O’Connor said the bank balance was £51,518 dr., as compared with £43,000 dr. last year. The sanctioned overdraft up to the end of the month was £60,000. They had written to the Government for another instalment of the agricultural grant.


Pleasure boat tourists

Over 3,500 excursionists on pleasure boats arrived in Galway on Sunday and spent a most enjoyable day in Salthill. Salthill was gay with bunting and the spirit of the carnival was abroad. Everyone was good-humoured and all seemed intent on getting the best out of the day. The officials at the Galway railway station had a busy day coping with the enormous crowds, but they carried through their duties in their usual courteous and efficient manner.




 Cyclists chased

Three young men whom Sergt. P. Boyle signalled to stop when he saw them cycling three abreast and without lights at Barrack Street, Loughrea, and who decided to ”make a run for it”, hadn’t reckoned with the Garda patrol car, in which the Sergeant pursued and overtook them. All three were fined 10/- each for cycling abreast and 10/- also for not having lights on their bicycles.


Ratepayers’ protest

The decision of the Galway Co. Council to call a special meeting to discuss the question of the appointment of an additional engineer for the Clifden area has resulted in a letter of protest to the Galway Co. Manager, Mr. C.I. O’Flynn, from the Tuam Ratepayers’ Association. The Tuam Association has pointed out that Co. Council meeting cost the ratepayers a considerable sum of money and also that since the matter had been discussed and a decision arrived on the matter at a previous Council meeting, that there was now no need for any further action on the subject.


Itinerant problem

The Municipal Authorities Association at their conference in Galway supported Galway Corporation’s call to the Minister for Justice to set up a Commission to consider the itinerant problem. Mr. J. Redington said that he had raised the matter before some three years ago. He would like to know what the authorities had done in the meantime to prevent people being molested and abused by itinerants when they refused to help them. Ald. Miss M. A. Ashe said that the itinerants were becoming an eyesore and the Gardai were doing nothing to control them. The Minister for Justice should bring in some legislation to deal with them.


Busy brigade

Portumna Fire Brigade have been working overtime during the recent drought. Three haggard fires, two in East Galway and one in North Tipperary, and three bog fires in East Galway all in a short time, kept this efficient brigade busy all night on some occasions. Farm buildings and outoffices were saved through prompt action even with a very limited water supply.


Housing needs

“For practical purposes the housing needs of the City at the moment are almost solved.” This statement was made by Mr. B.J. Faherty, Galway Borough Engineer. He said that the total number of houses which the Corporation had at present was 1,368. “It may appear to many that the number of houses built is small for a City the size of Galway, but when one takes into consideration that in addition to the 1,368 houses, 688 houses were built under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, one can quite well realise that the achievement of the Corporation with regard to the housing needs of the City are quite satisfactory.”




Poitín swoop

A large quantity of poitín ‘wash’ was discovered by Gardaí during raids on two uninhabited islands off the Connemara coast this week. The haul consisted of 620 gallons found in 11 barrels. If this ‘wash’, or as it is known locally ‘beoic’, had been processed, it would have been valued at about £1,600. The raid was made by three Oughterard Gardaí and three members of the Garda Sub Aqua Crew from Dublin on the islands of Iniserk and Duighnis off Leitir Meallain.


Rescue service

A new rescue service for Lough Mask has been set up in the wake of the tragic drowning accident that claimed the lives of three members of a Ballinrobe family in July. The new plan involves a round-the-clock voluntary recue service, with anglers and experienced boatmen ‘on call’ for emergencies at different points around the lake.


Poison scare

Galway shoppers need have no worries about possible poison on their food if they buy at Quinnsworth’s Shopping Centre store, in spite of yesterday’s nationwide scare. According to a Garda spokesman at Eglinton Street Station this morning, the Crime Square took only a matter of minutes to find the tiny poison capsules yesterday afternoon, concealed in a cigarette. This followed a phone call from a man claiming to represent an unnamed Loyalist group in Northern Ireland to RTE’s Belfast offices, in which he said that poison had been planted at a number of outlets in the Republic. Ulster Loyalists still believe that the supermarket chain paid over a substantial amount of money to the Republican kidnappers of Quinnsworth executive Don Tidey earlier this year.


Time capsule

 A time capsule filled with artefacts and information portraying ‘Life in Ireland 1984’ will be buried in Galway City in December as part of the city’s Quincentennial celebrations. Making the grade Fifteen year-old Corrib Park lad, Tommy Keane, left Galway on Monday last to take up career in professional football with English League side Bournemouth. Tommy, who began his soccer playing with the local Corrib Rangers before moving to West United, travelled to England with another 15 year-old boy, Gary Feeley of Mervue, who played with Crescent United.


Toilet worries

Residents of the Gaelcarrig Park area in Galway are very concerned about their health of late because an area of ground surrounding an ESB power station is being used as a public toilet. The position of the power unit allows for people to walk in at the side of it and use it as a toilet.

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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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013




GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.

The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.

There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.

It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.

Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.

Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.

Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.

Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.

Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.

Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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