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Galway in Days Gone By

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Market Square in Tuam in the late 19th Century. The photo was possibly taken in the 1890s. Three ladies in shawls typical of the time are seated at the base of the High Cross of Tuam while three children play beside them. Behind, a barefoot boy stands on the footpath outside James J Begley's general store. To the right of that is the drapery of M Nolan. The 12th Century High Cross of Tuam was moved from this location to St Mary's Cathedral in 1992.

1916

Warning over Confession

As a priest I feel bound to warn our people against the danger of revealing anything whatsoever, either under blandishment or threat, to armed men concerning the most sacred subject of Confession.

Unfortunately, it has fallen to my lot to inform the people of the fact that in this Catholic parish of Kinvara, questions of a most improper character were recently put to a parishioner – a decent but simple country boy – by one of two armed men concerning the boy’s Confession.

Catholics of Kinvara, even if there are vile tongues amongst you, which blab when they should not, let those of you at any rate who still remain faithful to birth and fatherland guard, even with your lives, the sanctity of Confession against all the agents of stupidity in this land.

Signed J.W. O’Meehan

Galway’s indisputable claim

Galway has been described as the Micawber amongst Irish cities. That the implication is unjust has been proved by the manner in which the citizens supported the project to establish in the western capital a trans-Atlantic port.

The responsibility for the failure to carry the scheme certainly does not lie at the door of Galway. With a patriotism and energy that are worthy of all praise, the citizens have now set themselves the task of obtaining a National Shell Factory, and the principal merchants have given an undertaking that if such a factory is established by the Government, it will be taken over and converted to the arts of peace when the war cloud has dissolved.

1941

Torpedoed crew

The twenty-one members of the crew of the torpedoed Glasgow vessel who were landed at Galway Docks on June 27, have made wonderful progress in the three Galway hospitals to which they were removed immediately on arrival.

The skipper of the torpedoed vessel, Captain J. Kerr, sat up in his bed in St. Bride’s Private Nursing Home on Monday evening to give a Tribune reporter a message for all those who had shown him and his crew kindness since their arrival here.

Capt. Kerr said he hoped he and the majority of his men would be fit to travel at the beginning of next week. A few of the men, he said, were still feeling the effects of the exposure, and would not be able to travel to England until the following week.

Town Hall postponed

Tuam Town Commissioners received a bill for £71 15s. from the architects as fees for their services in drawing up plans in connection with the proposed building of a new Town Hall. It was ordered that the architects be notified that the proposed building had been postponed until after the war.

Tuam property sales

The shop and premises at the Square, Tuam, the property of the late Mrs Anne Hosty, have been sold for £2,230, and the offices and premises at Bishop-street, the property of Mr. Patrick M. Hosty, solicitor, for £1,025.

Unhygienic milk

That there was a need for keener supervision and tightening up of the regulations governing the distribution of milk in Ballinasloe urban district was stated in a report by the Medical officer at Ballinasloe Urban Council. Complaints were made about dust and dirty carts.

 

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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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