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Some things never change: weather conditions appear to have dampened the spirits at the Shanaglish sports in September 1967.

1917

Decrease in serious crime

Speaking from the official document furnished to him by those in command of the police, “who, of all others, have the best and most accurate means of knowledge”, Mr. Justice Kenny, at the Galway Assizes, admitted that there was a net decrease in serious cases of fourteen. Further, boycotting had decreased to some extent, and the number of persons receiving police protection was also less than last year. These figures, which, according to the Judge of Assize, represent “the actual offences of a serious character dealt with by the police”, would seem to indicate that there had been a very encouraging decrease in serious crime in County Galway, and that the activities of those responsible for the peace and good of the community would have been lessened to a corresponding extent.

Nevertheless, we find his Lordship arriving at a conclusion which is quite the opposite. “Considered by themselves”, he said, “although some of these crimes are of a very serious nature, they do not, to my mind, indicate anything in the nature of concerted or organised lawlessness.”

Victimisation of a lady

We have received a long letter from a lady who was recently employed in one of the leading City establishments, who declares that owing to her political opinions, and because she has “a brother and two nephews fighting for our homes and liberties in France”, she was subjected to persecution at the hands of “a pettiest brigade of Sinn Féin shopboys”. In consequence, she was compelled to leave her employment and thus she states “that these stalwarts are to be congratulated on their victory over a defenceless girl”.

1942

Hackney car ban

When some ten thousand visitors from Belfast decided to spend a few days in the Irish capital recently, the Dubliners grumbled that they found it difficult enough to get food for themselves without having to feed an invading horde, large numbers of whom went around flaunting colours and slogans that Liffeyside dwellers thought should not be so vauntingly displayed in a neutral country.

We, in Galway, are in a different case. We are anxious that everything should be done to attract thousands of visitors to the city during Race Week. Unfortunately, war-time difficulties may compel the Government to take steps which will very seriously reduce the number of Race Week visitors. If the ban on motor hackney cars bringing people to the meeting is rigidly enforced, it will mean that many thousands from the surrounding counties will have to miss Galway Races for the first time on record. It will mean also a very severe financial loss to Galway and its citizens.

Galway Races are considerably more than an ordinary sporting fixture. To a very great extend the prosperity of the city depends upon the success of this great annual festival. Its success may mean even the difference between poverty and well-being for large numbers of the citizens. For this reason alone, therefore, we trust that it will be found possible to defer the strict enforcement of the ban in the country until, say, August 1st.

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Some of the attendance at the opening of the new school in Ballymacward on June 24, 1974.

1923

Gloom after war

The special correspondent of the “Independent”, who has been writing of the aftermath of civil war in the West, notes that a feeling of apathy, due to the uncertainty of events, exists amongst the sorely-tried people of Connemara; that politics are referred to only with disgust and that not more than fifty per cent. of the people would vote at a general election; that poverty and unemployment are rife, and there is a growing tendency towards emigration; and that there are bitter complaints of the huge impost of rates and taxes.

It is only too true that there is enough of material for the pessimist to brood over, and that a feeling of gloom permeates country towns. But it is a poor tribute to patriotism that has survived such horrors to encourage this gloom.

It is the duty of all of us to get this pessimism out of the national body and to rid ourselves of the notion that we have not enough Christianity and moral sense left to restore our people to cheerful and ordered progress and industry.

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Nurses on strike on May 10, 1980, protesting a sub-standard pay offer. Around 700 nurses took part in the protest, hitting services at Gawlay Regional Hospital where only emergency cases were being admitted.

1923

Peace negotiations

As we go to press, An Dáil is discussing the Peace negotiations between the Government and Mr. de Valera. It was announced on Wednesday for the first time that such negotiations were begun following Mr. de Valera’s “cease fire” proclamation of April 27, and that by the 30th of the month Senators Andrew Jameson and James Douglas were asked by him to discuss proposals.

They said it was for the Government to discuss; they could only confer. Into the ensuring conferences the Government declined to enter personally, but on May 3 the senators placed before Mr. de Valera the Cabinet’s terms, which were that future issues should be decided by the majority vote of the elected representatives of the people, and that as a corollary and a preliminary to the release of prisoners, all lethal weapons should be in the custody and control of the Executive Government.

Mr. de Valera relied to this on May 7 with a document in which he agreed to majority rule and control of arms, but added that arms should be stored in a suitable building in each province under armed Republican guard until after the elections in September, that the oath should not be made a test in the councils of the nation, and that all political prisoners should be released immediately on the signing of this agreement.

“You have brought back to us,” wrote President Cosgrave, “not an acceptance of our conditions, but a long and wordy document inviting debate where none is possible”.

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Brendan Cunniffe from Oranmore and Robert Kelly, Tirellan Heights at the Galway County Fleadh in Tullycross, Connemara, on May 16, 1985.

1923

State of the parties

Speculation as to parties after the next Irish elections is exceedingly interesting, especially in view of the enlarged franchise.

In Dublin, the view appears to be held by a number of people that Labour will make a great bid for power.

Dublin, however, has a curiously insular habit of thought where matters that concern all Ireland and in which Ireland has a say are concerned. We hope this insularity will rapidly disappear under the new conditions.

The country as a whole is backing the Farmers’ Party, and has not the smallest doubt that it will be the strongest combination in the next Dáil, and that it will oust the purely political parties, the one because it has resorted to force, the other because it has been compelled to use force to supress force, and the Labour Party because Ireland feels that at the back of its policy lurks the danger of Communism.

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