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May 27, 2010



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Prisoners released

Shortly before four o’clock on yesterday afternoon, the two Craughwell prisoners, Michael Dermody and Thomas Hynes, the former of whom was a few weeks ago tried for the murder of Constable Goldrick at Crinnage, in Jan. of last year – were released from Galway prison.


No one was aware that they would be released on that day, and the prisoners themselves were only apprised of the glad tidings a short time before.

They came out into the city as free men, after having been over fourteen months in jail, at a time when most of the citizens were at Shantalla taking part in the ceremony of the blessing of the first stone of the Diocesan College.

The news of their release spread like wildfire, and the hairdresser’s establishment into which they had gone, was stormed by a crowd eager to congratulate them.

In a few minutes, the crowd had attained enormous proportions and amid a scene of unbounded enthusiasm, Hynes and Dermody were carried on two shoulders high to the 4.25 train, fog signals being discharged as they streamed out of the station on their way to Craughwell.

It is stated that their release has no connection with the death of King Edward, but is due to the Crown not formulating any further charge against them.

Tea argument

At Letterfrack Petty Sessions, John Connolly charged John McGoldrick and Pat Hannon with threatening language and kicking his door. Complainant deposed that the two defendants entered his house, and when he refused to hand over to them a pound of tea that had been left by another man, they used threatening language towards him, and kicked the door after being put out by him.

Mr. Connolly, solr., defended, and examined both defendants, who denied both charges, and were bound in their own recognisances to keep the peace for six months.

Wretched Galway

At the National demonstration held in Cork on Saturday and Sunday, Mr. William O’Brien said: “If they ask you to forsake the All-for-Ireland League for the Molly Maguires, they ought to tell you candidly that you will have to pay for the luxury £50,000 a year for the extra police tax and for malicious injuries, which is the sum to be paid by the wretched county of Galway, which has won the blue ribbon in Mr. Dillon’s policy of kicking up a row.

“Believe me, in spite of all the devilries of a corrupt and subsidised Press, the day will come, and it will come soon, when the rest of the country will discover the truth, as well as Cork, and will regard these men with indignation and horror as great as nine out of every ten decent men in Cork regard the invasion of to-day.”

Pottery factory

It is stated that negotiations for the purchase of a business concern in Lombard Street have been going on during the week for the purpose of starting a pottery factory. Influential and enterprising business gentlemen of the city are at the head of affairs, and it is expected something practical will result.

The best of clay for the manufacture of the high-class pottery can be had in the immediate vicinity of the city. As we stated last week, Dr. Ambrose, ex-M.P. for North Mayo, was making arrangements for the crushing of quartz here for the pottery trade in Staffordshire.


Poteen prison

Thomas Cavanagh, Corrandulla, was charged with concealing four gallons of poteen that were found hidden in a bush on his father’s land.

Mr Hal Macdermott (Defending) said Thomas Cavanagh admitted the charge, but the father, Michael Cavanagh, who was charged for having the poteen on his land, knew nothing about it having been planted there.

Michael Cavanagh, cross-examined by Supt. Sean Murphy, said he did not know where his son was the previous night, but he was in the house before witness went to 11 o’clock Mass. He threatened his son to have nothing to do with poteen or he would have him put away.

The Justice said it was a serious case, as four gallons of poteen would not be got for the usual excuse to cure a cold. He ordered Thomas Cavanagh to be imprisoned for three months with hard labour, and he dismissed the case against the father.

Cow’s broken leg

Patrick O’Neill, whose address was given as 3 Corrib Terrace, Galway, was fined 40s and 15s costs by Mr. Cahill, D.J., at Kinvara District Court on Friday with the reckless driving of a lorry on March 27 last.

The evidence was that on the occasion, the defendant’s lorry knocked down a coe, dragged her twenty yards along the road, and broke her leg. The cow was later on the advice of a veterinary surgeon, destroyed. There was no appearance for the defendant in the summons and Supt. Noonan, Lisdoonvarna, examined Patrick Madden, New Quay, the owner of the cow, who stated that at about 4.30pm on the date in questions while driving the cow along the public road, he saw the lorry coming along at what he considered a fast pace.

He put the cow into the side of the road – the lorry struck the cow, knocked her down and carried her twenty yards along the road before it pulled up. The cow’s leg was broken and the Guards brought a veterinary surgeon there and the cow, on his advice, was destroyed. The animal was a three year-old and worth about £14.

Guard Roche, who visited the scene while O’Neill was present, deposed to taking measurements from points on the road pointed out to him by the last witness. The road was eighteen feet wide at the spot. He saw the cow’s back leg skinned and her leg seemed to be broken.

Madden told the justice that he lost 15s coming to court that day. “I am working for the County Councill drawing sand and I made 15s yesterday. I lose my day’s wages, 15s, coming here to-day.” The justice allowed 15s costs and imposed a fine of 40s.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013




GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.

The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.

There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.

It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.

Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.

Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.

Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.

Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.

Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.

Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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