Days Gone By
July 19, 2012
Reward for Bravery
At its monthly meeting, the Committee of the Royal Humane Society, presided over by Admiral Sir G. D. Morant, K.C.B., made the following award, amongst others, in cases of Irish bravery – Testimonial to Matthew Wilson, constable, R.I.C. Mountbellew, Co. Galway for his gallant action on May 21 in saving a lunatic who threw himself into the lake in attempting suicide.
The Dun Aengus
The Dun Aengus started the first trip of the Sunday evening excursion trips to Ballyvaughen on last Sunday. About 200 people took passage and all were delighted with the accommodation and running of the boat, getting into Ballyvaughen in well under an hour.
The pictures shown at the Cinema Theatre this week were interesting in the fullest sense of the word, prominence being given to a special film depicting a struggle between Nick Carter and Zigomay, in which was shown the many exiting incidents which are incidental to the tracking down of a criminal. Mr Collinge conducts the cinematograph machine, and his manipulation proves his competency to send the screen pictures which are always clearly distinguishable and interesting to the audience.
Crash into Wreck
Three men had a miraculous escape in Galway Bay on Saturday when the fifteen-ton hooker, St. Anne, in which they were leaving Galway for Tiernea, crashed into the wreck of the trading ship Nordlyset, between the docks and Mutton Island.
The hooker was badly holed and water came pouring in. The owner, Martin King, Tiernea, with two other men on board managed to keep the boat afloat until they got back into the docks. There was a cargo of cement on board and this made the work of keeping afloat more difficult when the boat was drawn into the old docks.
About 250 people disembarked from the Hamburg America North German Lloyd liner, St. Louis, when she called at Galway Port on Saturday afternoon, homeward bound from New York and Boston. Two conducted parties disembarked. A number of passengers embarked for Hamburg, Southampton and Cobh.
A party of American students, who landed at Galway last week, purchased bicycles in the city and cycled to Clifden, where they made a few days stay. They left later for Dublin whence to pursue a tour of Europe by bike, before returning to America in September. The whole tour is estimated to cost them £100 each.
The visitors were delighted with the West and were loud in their praise of the warm-hearted hospitality of the Connemara people. “We cannot help wondering,” they said, “what Connemarians must think when they first arrive in America and find everything too terribly commercialised”. They simply could not get over the fact that only five motor cars passed them on their way to Clifden.
For more, read this week's Connacht Tribune.