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The Recorder 22nd November, 1935

Wild atlantic waves Acrylic on canvas EO'D
Wild atlantic waves
Acrylic on canvas

Ireland long bore the name of Granuaile, which is Gaelic for Grace O’Malley a chieftainess whose headquarters were on Clare Island, off the west coast of Ireland. There stood the Tower of Carrigahooley, which she called “the rock of her fleet.” She was a wild and successful warrior. Queen Elizabeth admired her and entertrained her in the royal palace.

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Kinvara Water Sports – 1935

Connacht Tribune 22nd June, 1935 p.27

Kinvara Bay Photo: EO'D
Kinvara Bay
Photo: EO’D

Kinvara sports were held on Sunday, in summery weather. A most enjoyable day’s sport was witnessed by a very large crowd of spectators who were assembled all around the quays, taking a keen interest in the events. Results:
Juvenile swimming race – 1. P.Pigott, Gort; 2. R. Ford, Kinvara; 3. P. Fahey, Kinvara.
100 yards swimming race – 1. N. Brady, Gort; 2. P. Brady, Gort; 3. M. Carroll, Gort.
300 yards swimming race – 1. T. Whelan, Kinvara; 2. M. Maclin, Gort; 3. D. Picker, Kinvara.
Diving Competition – 1. N. Brady, Gort; M. Maclin, Gort; D. O’Dea, Kinvara, tied for 1st.
Long Distance Diving Competition – 1. D.O’Dea, Kinvara; 2. M.Maclin, Gort; 3. H.O’Neill, Ballyvaughan.
Greasy Pole Competition – 1. M. Linnane,Dooras; 2. T. Noone, Kinvara; 3. M. Keane, Kinvara.

Messrs. W. Ryan, T. Quinn and T. St. George acted as judges for all the events.

At a meeting of the sports committee held on Sunday evening the following resolution was unanimously passed;
“That we tender our sincerest thanks to all those who contributed to the sports fund and we wish to thank in a special manner the people of Kinvara who gave us such wholehearted support, thereby enabling us to organize an ‘admission free’ sports in the town.”

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Galway treasures – 1935

Irish Examiner 8th June, 1935 p.13

The Claddagh, Galway Photo: Irish Examiner, 1935
The Claddagh, Galway
Photo: Irish Examiner, 1935

Time flows on and in its swift passing links with a storied past drift and sometimes disappear. Galway, a city with an unusual blend of ancient and modern, in its tall-housed winding streets – reminders of the day when it was a port for the gallant ships of the Spanish Main – and in its seaside suburb, Salthill, signs of progress and modern development – has many treasures of the past.
The historic sword and mace of Galway will shortly be disposed of in Sotheby’s Auction Rooms, London. Priceless memoirs of the city’s past, those old relics were given to Edmond Blake, a member of one of the twelve tribes. In 1841, Mr. Blake had been Mayor of Galway for ten years, but although he was entitled to an annual salary of £800 he was never paid a penny of it, so when the Corporation was dissolved on that date, Mr. Blake agreed to accept the civic sword and great mace, which then passed into his keeping. In 1908 he died at the age of 92, bequeathing the historic relic of the city’s greatness to his family. Some time ago, it seems the sword and mace were offered to the National Museum, which refused to purchase them, so they are now up for auction in London. Mr. Louis Wine, of Dublin, made several offers of the sword and mace to the Galway Urban Council but they could not buy them. It seems sad that they should be taken away from their original home, particularly now when there is every reason to hope that Galway will again have a Mayor and Corporation.

Galway enjoyed the privilege of incorporation from the fourteenth century until the passing of the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act, 1840. Under the new Bill the city’s status will be raised to that of a Municipal Corporation. Galway will become a local authority under the meaning of the Air Navigation Act and the status of the city will then be about that of Wexford. The city will have a right then to a seal and to assume the armorial bearings previously borne; the new borough will have the power to extend its boundaries, and the liabilities of the Urban Council.

Note: The sword and mace were sold in 1938 to William Randolph Hearst for £5,000.  He willed them to be returned back to Galway. On 27th October, 1960 Mrs William Randolph Hearst officially presented the mace and sword to the Minister for External Affairs Frank Aiken at a reception in New York’s City hall. Thanks to the Hearst family they have been returned to Galway.

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Traught Strand Regatta and Aquatic Sports – 1935

Connacht Tribune 27th July, 1935  p.27

Photo: Norma Scheibe
Photo: Norma Scheibe

On Sunday next, July 28th what promises to be an ideal day’s sport will be held at Traught Strand. This strand, situated about three miles west of Kinvara, is rapidly growing in popularity as a bathing resort and is one of the best and safest in the West of Ireland. A local committee has now taken up the task of improving this strand, and making it more attractive and satisfactory for the thousands of tourists and visitors who frequent it during the summer months.
Already a line of seats on concrete stands have been set all along the shore just above the high-water mark, as a result of the proceeds of a regatta held last year. The committee hopes to be able to erect a diving board, concrete walks, etc., as a result of this year’s sports and regatta which takes place next Sunday.
Spectators will be treated to an unusual scene, when the little bay will be decked with clinkers, pookawns, galleys and canoes all at anchor and ready for their own races. A large pleasure boat will take visitors on trips around Galway Bay during the evening, and everything points to an enjoyable afternoon.

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An Piast – Loughrea – 1935

Southern Star 4th May, 1935 p11

Photo: BO'D
Photo: BO’D

Lough Ness has not all the honours to itself.
Loughrea is now plagued by some strange animal (in olden times it would be called a Piast), which is very fastidious in its choice of food.
Its menu consists of eggs, fish, poultry and lamb. It does not recognise any rights of property. A local organisation is offering a reward of fifty pounds to any person that will capture or destroy it.

Additional information on the Piast may be accessed from T.J. Westropp’s A Folklore Survey of County Clare at

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Kinvarra Waterworks – 1935

Irish Independent 21st February, 1935 p7

Rath Durlais Kinvarra, Co. Galway Photo: BO'D
Rath Durlais
Kinvarra, Co. Galway
Photo: BO’D

Kinvarra Waterworks.
A waterworks scheme has just been completed at Kinvarra, Co. Galway at a cost of £2,000. The well at Cartron has been enlarged and a windmill has been erected to drive the water a distance of about 250 yards to the reservoir on a hill overlooking the town.

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A most extraordinary monster – 1876

Colonist Vol XVII issue 2039 22nd February 1876 p4

County Clare Photo: Norma Scheibe
County Clare
Photo: Norma Scheibe

The Northern Whig states that a most extraordinary monster was seen a few days ago at Fodera, near Loophead Lighthouse, which is situated on the most western point of the County Clare.  It is thus described:—

lts head and neck resemble a horse, and are of a reddish hue; it has short round ears and flowing mane, and from a poll extend two branching horns like that of a stag, underneath which were eyes glaring and protruding.  It made directly for the narrator, who was on the side of the steep rock.  He at once ran out of reach of the monster, whose approach looked anything but friendly.

It then rose high out of the water and plunged with such force as to cause the water to fly so far and in such quantities as to drench the observer to the skin, he standing 40 feet back from the water at the time.  It remained near thirty or forty minutes before disappearing a moment from view, but rearing its huge body partly out of the water, and giving a chance for further observation.  It was observed to have the tail of a porpoise and two large fins from the shoulders, and on the breast were two large fatty lumps, which shook with every motion of the extraordinary creature.  It then shaped its course westward, still keeping its head and neck well elevated. Its bulk far exceeded that of the largest porpoise ever seen on the coast.

NOTE:  Among the archives of is a post titled –  Sea monster in Galway Bay – from the Perth Sunday Times, 1935.  It refers to the shooting of a ‘mysterious sea creature’ at Mutton Island, also in County Clare.

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Dance Halls – 1935

Sullivan's Hotel, Gort
Sullivan’s Hotel, Gort

Freeman’s Journal 9th July, 1931 p35

(By N.C.W.C. News Service.)

Dublin, May 25.— The modern evils of the dance halls and the laxity of parental control formed the theme of the addresses of the Irish Hierarchy during the present season of visitation for administering Confirmatiion. Speaking in Tuam, the Most Rev. Thomas P. Gilmartin, Archbishop – of Tuam, said that laxity of parental control was too apparent, and that as a consequence too many young people attended dances, which he called nothing less than ‘orgies of sensuality held in devils’ dens.’ ‘Ireland is at present at the parting of the ways between pagan morals and a Catholic country,’ ‘ said Dr Gilmartin. ‘Combination is needed to build up the nation in the glorious traditions of the past; in this uplifting, the girls are the greatest influence.’

In Galway, the Right Rev, Thomas O’Doherty, Bishop of the United Dioceses of Galway and Kilmacduagh, said that dance halls were practically on all occasions dangerous to morals, and that ‘even the Government’ was alarmed about the abuses practiced in many of the, uncontrolled dance halls. The Bishop also denounced the evils of mixed bathing, which, he said, had led to the most ‘shameful thing in the history of mankind,’ the evil of beauty competitions. He was pleased to say that attempts to introduce mixed bathing in Galway had been, unsuccessful. The Right Rev. Patrick Collier, Bishop of.Ossory, speaking at Callan, urged parents to renew control, which he said has fallen to a low level in the last 15 years. Religion had suffered, he said, through the weakening of the family and the breakdown of parental control.

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1935 – A Toast – 2014

Hip, hip, hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen 1886 Peder Severin Krøyer (1851–1909) Gothenburg Museum of Art
Hip, hip, hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen 1886
Peder Severin Krøyer (1851–1909)
Gothenburg Museum of Art
The Courier Mail – 21st December, 1935
In Galway, a Gaelic toast used to go round embodying all the ingredients of human felicity –
“May you have health and a long life with the good wife of your own choice;
your land without rent and death in Ireland.”

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Sea monster in Galway Bay – 1935

Image from Hetzel copy of Twenty thousand leagues under the sea (Jules Verne)
Image from Hetzel copy of Twenty thousand leagues under the sea (Jules Verne)

A strange marine creature, twin brother of the Loch Ness monster – 48 feet long, 26 feet in circumference and weighing about four tons, has been shot by a lighthouse keeper in Galway Bay, Ireland.

The sea monster had got caught in the nets of one of the fishing boats off Mutton Island lighthouse. It carried boat and cargo, human and aquatic, for some distance until the nets gave way in shreds. A description of the monster seen once above the surface roused the entire city. Seamen and harbor officials immediatey proceeded to the beach armed with guns and gaffs.

I went out in a hooker piloted by John Walsh, an old seaman of vast experience (writes the correspondent of “The People”).
As we approached Mutton Island in miserably cold rain five shots rang out from the direction of the lighthouse. We were just in time to see an aquatic King Kong leap bodily into the air, lashing the water into a miniature tidal wave as it rolled and twisted in its death agony. We anchored to one of the monster’s giant fins and John Crowley the lighthouse keeper, who had fired the shot explained that he spotted it while about to tend the lamps in the lighthouse. Rushing down armed with a rifle he took careful aim and shot the creature in the head several times.

Opinions were divided as to the nature of the strange creature. Crowley and my companion agreed it was neither shark nor whale. Walsh stated that in 50 odd years’ marine experience he had never come across a similar specimen.

It has a head of enormous dimensions, a long scaly body ending in two knife edged tails It is suspected that more than one of these strange creatures are in Galway Bay.