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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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The Bermuda Showband from Loughrea pictured at Silver Strand in 1967. Among the line-up were Brendan Shaughnessy (Vocals), John Colohan (Lead Guitar), Larry Cooley (Second Guitar), John Small (Bass), Noel Donnellan (Trunmpet), Donal Herlihy (Sax/Clarinet), Benedict Donnellan (Trombone) and Paddy Fallon (Drums).

1918

House tarred

A startling occurrence is reported from Athenry, where, on Wednesday night week, the house of Mrs. K. O’Neill, The Square, was tarred. Mrs. O’Neill’s house has been under police supervision since the beginning of the New Year, and the only reason that can be assigned for the tarring of her premises is that a relative of hers bought at a public auction recently a certain house property situated at the Square.

A representative of the “Tribune” learned that the house property in question, which fronts the Square, and adjoins Mr. Lynch’s drapery, was built by a Mrs. Broderick. Portion of the premises then built, but not included in the recent sale, is at present occupied by Mrs O’Flynn, a daughter of Mrs. Broderick. After Mrs. Broderick’s death, the larger and main portion came into the possession of her son, Mr. John F. Broderick. His interest was bought by a Mr. Bernard Nolan, on whose death the business was carried on by his wife, who married a Mr. Leavy.

For the past two years or thereabouts, she has ceased to do business in the premises, and on the 29th December last, the house was auctioned by order of the Courts.

A number of bidders, including solicitors and auctioneers, attended at the auction, and the property was knocked down to Mr. Hayes at £445.

Asked if she had any statement to make regarding the tarring, Mrs. O’Neill named certain parties as being responsible. She denied that it was for her use Mr. Hayes bought the property. It might have been for his sister that Mr. Hayes bought it. The auction was open to any person who wished to bid. She denied that her house had been fired into.

Mrs O’Flynn, The Square, said that she had hoped she would have been able to secure ownership of the house, which had been built by her mother, and she did not expect she would have any opposition at the auction. She had been prepared to pay more than any reserved price.

1943

Port for Connacht

Somewhat in the manner of the Skibbereen Eagle which became famous long ago by announcing that it was “keeping an eye on the Tsar”, our Waterford contemporary, the Evening News, has warned us that it is watching Galway with dark suspicion.

Because we commented on the fact that Tramore had been given pride of place in the Irish Tourist Board’s development schemes at a time when there was no suggestion of anything being done for Galway and Salthill our contemporary declares that “for some time past Galway has been displaying a hostile complex about Waterford” and it reads a deeply sinister meaning into the decision to send a deputation to Dublin with a view of getting more ships for our hard-hit port.

“This move,” says the Evening news, “looks rather like an effort to exert ‘undue influence’ on the Government to divert traffic from other ports,” and it goes on to proclaim “Waterford will endeavour to prevent any diversion of what little shipping now comes into our fine, safe and conveniently located harbour.”

Truly, all is yellow to the jaundiced eye, but for sheer unadulterated ráiméis, we have seldom read an editorial pronouncement to equal this. Nobody will be more surprised that the members of the Galway deputation to learn that they are going up to Dublin to “exert undue influence” on the Government.

They are under the impression that the object of the deputation is to place before the responsible authorities the full facts as to the complete absence of shipping from this port for the past year and more, and to suggest that it should be possible to send at least one cargo boat a month to discharge and load at Galway docks.

Military ‘attack’

From 2p.m. to 6p.m. on Sunday, large-scale exercise in which all of the voluntary services of the district took part, were carried out in Loughrea. The town was “attacked” at 3 o’clock from all sides by L.D.F. units from neighbouring villages, while units from the town defended.

Incidents arising from these engagements brought the L.S.F. into action and this branch had a busy time dealing with attempted “bank robberies”, “looting of food depots”, etc.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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