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The late John Kelleher pictured outside Salthill Service Station (Esso) in Lower Salthill in May 1967 with the modern Sun Electronic Engine Tester and Tuner, as he marked 10 years in business. John passed away last year, and the business is now a Texaco filling station with 24-hour shop and a Suzuki showroom run by his son Seán. In the background to the left of the picture are the Hotel Rio and Glendalough Hotel.

1915

Fight against drink

His Lordship, the Most Rev. Dr. Thos. Gilmartin, Bishop of Clonfert, has taken steps to re-organise St. Patrick’s league of the West as far as his diocese is concerned, in order to counteract the evil effects the vice of intemperance, which still holds too great a sway over the people of Ireland.

Dr. Gilmartin has conceived a bold plan, to deal with the evil and to eradicate it from the everyday lives of his people. The task is a difficult one, but with the co-operation of priests and people it cannot be an impossible one.

His circular reads: “For traders – and there are such – who violate the laws by selling drink on Sundays, keeping their premises opened after hours, and giving drink to those who have taken too much – for such traders, no words of condemnation are too strong.

“Such practices are as unfair to the trade as they are demoralising. An occasion of sin that the preachers may refer to is the distribution of drink at auctions, threshings, shearings, turf-cuttings and hay-making. It is now the opinion of medical men that intoxicating drink diminishes the capacity for work.

How much better would be a good meat dinner followed some hours after by the cup that cheers, but does not inebriate – a fresh cup of tea?”

1940

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Armada relic

A huge anchor, believed to have belonged to a ship of the Spanish Armada was taken in the trawl of a boat belonging to Mr. Michael Holleran, Inishbofin, off the boast of Inishbofin on Thursday last.

The anchor had an eleven foot shank with a ten foot crossbar, which was made of 9 inches by 9 inches black oak. The two claws had a six foot span.

It was covered to a thickness of about two inches with submarine crustaceans as hard as concrete. There is a strong tradition locally that the pay-ship of the Spanish Armada was wrecked close to the spot where this anchor has been found, and stories have been told of gold coins having been picked up on the shore of the island. This find may give rise to a treasure hunt.

It is curious that this relic of a former attempt to invade Great Britain should come to light at the present moment.

Corpo’s new home

The lay-out of the various offices of officials of the Galway Corporation in the building, formerly part of the City Technical School at Dominick-street, was under consideration at this week’s meeting of Galway Corporation, but owing to the fact that only five members of the committee of twelve appointed to inspect and report on the place recently did actually visit the premises, it was agreed to have another inspection before deciding finally on the lay-out.

It was mentioned by the Mayor, Ald. J. Costello, H.C., that the total cost of the building, including repairs and furnishing, would amount to about £2,000.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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