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Galway in Days Gone By

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The Oslo in the mid-1960s.

1920

Winter supplies

The opinion of those who are in close touch with the conditions generally throughout Ireland is that if the fine weather be experienced during the remainder of this, and the first half of next month, there is no reason to why the grain harvest, except on very heavy land, should not be normal.

On heavy land loss will be caused by logging. The yield of potatoes, however, will probably be below average, particularly in cases where spraying was neglected, left too late, or could not be carried out owing to the wet weather.

There is no reason to anticipate a general shortage of milk. There may be isolated local shortages, such as were experienced last year, but taking the country as a whole, the outlook for winter is regarded as satisfactory.

Steps have been taken to reserve sufficient butter for home requirements, and this supply is to be retailed at a price not to exceed the maximum of 3s. 4d. per lb.

Free export in excess of this reserve will be permitted; and prices “on the other side” are expected to reach very high figures: 5s. per lb. was mentioned by the “Daily Chronicle” and the other day as a possible winter price in England. ]

Night terror in Tuam

Another night of terrorism was experienced by the people of Tuam during Saturday-Sunday night when military shots rang out intermittently for three hours.

The firing commenced at about 1 o’clock, a.m., and lasted until about 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. Earlier on Saturday night a military patrol paraded the town and discharged several shots which, fortunately, did no harm.

As Dr. Hession was returning in a motor-car from Brooklawn he was held up near the town by a military patrol which questioned him, afterwards taking him from the motor-car and subjecting him to a thorough personal search.

Learning that he was a medical practitioner, they apologised for their conduct and he was allowed to proceed home.

A driver who refused to halt when called upon to do so was fired on. The military subsequently went all over the town and shots were fired indiscriminately.

A machine-gun was trained on the Deanery, the residence of the Rev. Mr. Orr, Protestant Dean of Tuam, which is directly facing the courthouse, and which was considerably marked by bullets. One shot went through a bedroom window, penetrating the opposite wall where it struck a wardrobe.

The dean and his wife are away at present in Belfast. The deanery was closed up at the time and the blinds drawn, and there was nobody in the building except the housekeeper, Mrs. Mary Conroy, who had a providential escape, a shot whizzing by the window of the room while she was dressing herself.

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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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