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Galway in Days Gone By

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Aer Arann took to the air in August 1970 when a twin engine 10-seater Islander flew from Oranmore to Killeaney to inaugurate the Galway-Aran Island air service. The flight at that time took just 20 minutes and cost £5, with the initial service of a flight each morning and each evening throughout the week. Greeting the inaugural flight on its arrival on Inis Mór were Sergeant Brendan Keane and Colm Hernon (right), cox of the Inis Mór lifeboat, who had campaigned strongly for the establishment of the air service, pictured with Ralph Langan, director of the operating company, and the pilot, Captain Bill Wallace.

1915

Clifden murder

Clifden has been the scene of a terrible tragedy, as a result of which Owen Coyne, a Cleggan farmer, aged 60, met his death. The unfortunate man was present at Clifden fair on Friday last.

While he was standing in the street, two young men came along. One of them shoved him, and the other struck him on the head. The man fell heavily on the footpath. He never spoke afterwards, and died fifteen minutes later.

On Sunday, Festy Walsh, a native of Inishturk Island, who had been arrested by the police in the mountains, was charged at a Special Court in Clifden with the wilful murder of Owen Coyne and remanded to Galway Jail.

A clever ruse

At a meeting of the Letterfrack branch of the United Irish League at Tullycross, a letter was read from the C.D. Board, which had been forwarded by Mr. O’Malley, M.P., stating that they had made inquiries re the Curragh farm, Renvyle, and the solicitors for the landlord had stated that no proceedings were pending in any Court for the sale of those lands.

Commenting on the letter, Mr. Lacy said it had been reported by the landlord’s followers some time ago that this farm was to be disposed of. It was now seen that the statement was altogether unfounded, and it was certainly a very mean dodge to spread such a rumour. The report was put out for a purpose and that purpose was very apparent.

It was to lull the people into the belief that all would be well and that the League would not be further needed, on order that the graziers might again have full sway.

1940

Lack of civic spirit

At this week’s meeting of Galway Corporation, Mr. Faller said the fountains all over the town are in a shocking state.

Ald. Miss Ashe: What is our Water Inspector doing?

The Mayor remarked that the Borough Surveyor should also see to the matter.

Mr. Redington said that it was a disgrace the way the fountains in Bohermore were being treated. Every time they were repaired, they were damaged again. In his opinion, these fountains should be taken away altogether and then the people of Bohermore might learn to respect public property.

Ald. O’Flaherty: I am sorry to say that the lack of civic spirit in Galway is most pronounced.

Ald. Miss Ashe remarked that the man who assisted the Water Inspector lived in Bohermore and he should know who was damaging the fountains.

Ald. O’Flaherty: I saw a fountain running and a Corporation employee who was there would not go to the trouble to turn it off; I had to turn it off myself.

Ald. Miss Ashe: If the public fountains were taken away altogether, the people who are being accommodated by them would have to reconnect with the water main.

Mr. Redington concurred and added that it would be no harm to make such people realised that they were getting services for which they were not paying.

Rate collectors warning

Mr. C.I. O Floinn, County Secretary, told the finance committee of Galway County Council he was sick of issuing warnings to rate collectors. He pointed out that where a collection was better than previous year’s collection it did not necessarily mean that it was good. Collections should not be compared with what they should be and not what they had been.

When the committee were considering the remission of penalties imposed on some of the collectors the County Secretary told the members that the collection would not improve while penalties were being remitted.

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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