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Galway in Days Gone By

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Children taking part in the fancy dress competition in Kinvara in 1967.

1918

‘Dangers to morality’

The Most Rev. Dr. Gilmartin, Archbishop of Tuam, has addressed the following letter to Rev. O. Hannon, Adm., Tuam: “Would you kindly warn the people against the terrible dangers to morality of allowing young girls to go to the neighbouring countries in present conditions?

“I am aware there is an agent amongst us offering our young innocent girls employment abroad at tempting wages, and it may be that, if not warned, some girls may accept the bait with disastrous consequences.

“The public Press of the last few days contains startling evidence of the degradation that this kind of employment may entail – too horrible to be mentioned – and so it is I feel bound to have our young people solemnly warned against being enticed away to destruction by the glamour of big wages in other countries.

“A girl’s virtue and honour are her best dowry, and when these are gone there is nothing left but the Dead Sea fruit of illicit enjoyment.

“Ireland has, so far, been spared the moral and physical horrors of war, and if only as an act of gratitude to God, we ought all cooperate in preserving the chastity and honour of Ireland’s daughters.”

1943

Hotelier faces fine

At Galway Court, before District Justice MacGiollarnath, John Cheevers, Forster Park Hotel, Salthill, was charged with having a public bar in his premises when he held only a hotel licence.

Mr. P.J. O’Flynn, who appeared for Cheevers, said that the only authority he could find on what constituted a public bar was a very odd one. This was a question on which there was much controversy, and he submitted that it had not yet been definitely settled.

However, Mr. Cheevers would give an undertaking that he would reconstruct his premises to the satisfaction of the guards, Mr. Cheevers had already expended a considerable amount of money in making this hotel into one of the finest in Salthill.

The District Justice said that he would adjourn the case for six months, and if Mr. Cheevers had not the place reconstructed to the satisfaction of the guards, he would be fined £10.

Soldier killed in crash

Private Patk. Quirke, aged 22, Grattan Road Terrace, Galway, was killed instantly when a military lorry crashed early on Saturday morning into a wall near Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare. The lorry struck a low wall at a crossing near the railway station and overturned. Private Quirke was thrown over the railway gates and killed instantly. Two other soldiers died later in hospital and six others were injured.

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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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