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Kinvara – 1925

Irish Independent 14th August, 1925 p.1

Kinvara telegraph
Kinvara c 1950 Cresswell archives

Department of Posts and Telegraphs
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the Provisions of the Telegraph Acts, 1863 to 1920, that the Minister of Posts and Telegraphs having obtained the consent in the behalf of the body having the control of the public road described below, intends to place a Telegraphic Line over and along the said public road, and for that purpose to erect and maintain posts in and upon the same under the powers conferred on him by the said Telegraph Acts.
Main Street, from existing line to Civic Guard Barracks, Kinvara, Co. Galway

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Shipping Intelligence – 1925

Photo: Norma Scheibe
Photo: Norma Scheibe

Connacht Tribune 31st January, 1925 p.8
The following ships arrived in Galway harbour this week;
ss Mungret, from Liverpool on Monday, to load a cargo of timber for Garston;
ss Turquoise from Ayr, with cargo of coal for Mr. B. Hynes;
Cymrich, auxiliary motor vessel, bound from Dublin to Kinvara with cargo of manure in bags for Mr. O’Dea.

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Kinvara Fair – 1925

Connacht Tribune 21st March, 1925 p.18

Photo: Pikaluk Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Pikaluk
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Kinvara cattle fair was held on Wednesday last, March 4, and must certainly be allowed to be voted the most successful since the fair was first held some twenty years ago. The street was packed about eleven o’clock, and the cattle were something splendid to look at, every one of them being in the pink of condition and of the best description. Buyers were present from all parts of the country and to Mr.Culligan, of Briarfield, belongs the honour of securing the biggest lot of well finished animals. He purchased over eighty, and was accompanied by Mr John Clune. Several other buyers were present from Limerick, Maynooth, Dublin and other places throughout Ireland, and prices unheard of for years were paid for two and three-year old cattle. In fact people were astonished with the prices they obtained. Dealers from Gort, Kilbeacanty, and Scariff made large purchases for other fairs. Many hundreds exchanged hands in a few hours at fancy prices. Even local dealers offered strong competition. The success of the fair now seems to be well assured for all future time.


Connemara Pony Photo: Olaf Kleinwegen Wikimedia Commons
Connemara Pony
Photo: Olaf Kleinwegen
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Kinvara horse and calf fair was held on Wednesday last in February and was better than people expected. A big supply of colts and working horses, which were selling so cheaply for the past twelve months changed hands at prices very much enhanced in value for the approaching spring. The demand for the show horse is coming back to take his usual place in the farm again, notwithstanding the attempt that was made to oust him on the farm and road. A big number of calves from six months to twelve months brought from Limerick and Cork, found a ready market, and good prices seemed to rule all round.

Kinvara markets are just now going strong, and are well supplied with potatoes of the best kind. A great variety of new seed, notably Kerr’s Pink, whose name as disease resisters is famous, are now raised in the district, and command big prices, followed up by Arran Victors a good second, and Aran Chiefs, and a variety of others too numerous to mention. The Department of Agriculture is purchasing largely in the district, and sending the seeds all over the country. Early potatoes are realizing up to 3s per stone, and there seems to be an abundant supply of all kinds.


Photo: Sander van der Wel Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Sander van der Wel
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Kinvara pig fairs have taken a most decided upward tendency. The last one showed a most decided improvement in prices, the only fault being that people did not ask enough. Pigs paid over 70s per cwt and a hundred were disposed of at that price. A great number of buyers were present from Limerick, Cork and Waterford, and Galway is now sending its quota to swell the number and promises to continue it. The monthly fairs are a great boon now for years, and people are more than satisfied with results and competition. The fairs and markets’ committee should now hold monthly fairs and markets all the year round. Large bonham markets are now held as a result and prices have gone up as high as £2 10s each, and in some cases more.

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After hours – 1925

Connacht Tribune 5th December, 1925 p5 (abridged)

One for the road. Photo: EO'D
One for the road.
Photo: EO’D

There is more illegal trading going on in this village than in any other village in Ireland, said Supdt. English, Gort, at Kinvara District Court, when Mr –, a publican in a village between Kinvara and Clarenbridge, was prosecuted for a breach of the licensing code on Sunday. The district justice, after hearing the evidence, imposed a fine of 40s and endorsed the license.

The evidence was that on a recent Sunday the Guards who were on public house duty visited the place and found the front door and the bar opened, and a crowd of people in the yard. There was a man in the kitchen and Mr and Mrs — were in the shop. Mr — was behind the counter with a bottle of stout in one hand and a glass in the other, in the act of filling out the liquor. When the Guards approached the crowd ran away and it was his (superintendent’s) opinion that “scouts” were on the look out.
The Guards, he continued, had the greatest difficulty in supervising this illegal traffic in Sunday drinking and this man was convicted before in January last. Mr — told the Guards that the man in the kitchen was an invited guest and a friend of his. The Guards examined the premises and found traces of porter on the counter and fresh porter in glasses. At the time the Guards visited the place it was 12.25 p.m. – Guard McGuire and the local sergeant corroborated. When they went there they said the door was wide open, and when Mr — saw them entering he endeavoured to close up the bar by pulling down a latticed shutter between the shop and the bar, and when questioned he said the men were all bonafide travellers.
Magistrate (to defendant):
Have you anything to say?
Mr –;
The men were all bonafide.
You could not have them there before one o’clock, even if they were. You should know the provisions of the new Act as a publican.
I have nothing to do with the yard attached.
It is attached to and licensed as well as your premises and you are bound to see that nobody is there only those entitled to be there. You are bound to exercise strict supervision over the yard as well as the premises.
Mr –;
People come there and put their carts in my yard while they are at Mass.
I know nothing about that. It might be a cloak to get drink illegally.
There is more illegal trading going on here than in any village in Ireland and the Guards cannot exercise supervision owing to the “scouts”.
I hope that this thing will be put down and that the Guards will keep a watchful eye on the place, and I will impose a fine of 40s and endorse the license and make a D.W.P. order against the man found on the premises.

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Food and fuel – 1925

The Brisbane Courier

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30th January, 1925

The Dublin correspondent of the ‘Daily Chronicle” states that reports fiom Donegal, Kerry, Galway, and Connemara disclose that thousands are suffering distress owing to a food and fuel famine due to torrential rain and floods during recent months. The conditions are likened to the potato famines in 1847 and 1879.

Several deaths have occurred, and outbreaks of fever are reported from more than one district. The potato crops have failed. The fact that the lrish have found little employment in England and Scotland during the last harvest adds to the distress. A relief fund has been opened, and the local Government is distributing coal and food.  The Free State Government has allocated £250,000 for relief works.