Days Gone By
July 26, 2012
Cathedral and College Fund
The most Rev. Dr. O’Dea, Bishop of Galway, has received the following interesting letter:– St. Mary’s Rectory, Fairport, New York, U.D.A., July 5, 1912. My dear Lord Bishop, - When I asked Father Craddock’s kind offices to obtain your consent to my sending a contribution to the projected new cathedral, I looked at most for acquiescence through him, I did not expect a personal reply, much less such a gracious one as you have designed to send me.
I beg to thank you for it and express my deep appreciation of your kindness. I enclose a draft for £50. I need scarcely say that I wish you all sorts of success in your undertaking. The old “City of the Tribes” has long been in need of a Cathedral, and I suppose there is not a see in Ireland which had so poor a substitute for one. Indeed, unless my memory fails me; it was the poorest church edifice in the whole town. I can recall now the puzzle which often presented it to me in my boyish days – why it was that the Bishop had only that old ramshackle affair on Lower Abbeygate street I think it was? But now that the Bishop is to come into his own: and if I ever see the “Fair Hills of Holy Ireland,” my eyes will be gladdened by the sight of your new cathedral.
I am very glad that such success has awaited your efforts, and I sincerely hope that the burden of your great task may not weigh unduly upon you – I am, my dear Lord Bishop, very respectfully yours. J. L. CODYRE.
Still they come
We have already had the privilege of acknowledging two generous subscriptions for the Home Rule Fund through Mr. John Roche, M.P. We have just received a still further letter from Mr. Roche which shows that the example of Gurteen and Portumna and Ballymacward is being enthusiastically followed up by other districts in his constituency.
A strange story of lurid, threatening posters and of how a bullock got from a field enclosed on all sides by high walls on to the railway line where it was killed was told before Mr. Justice Madden at the Summer Assizes at Galway on Saturday, when the criminal inquiry appeal came on for hearing. The defendant appealed against the decision of the Recorder in refusing his application for £15 compensation for the malicious killing of a three year old bullock by being driven off the lands, onto the railway line.
MR JB Powell appeared for the applicant and in opening the case, he said the amount of hostility and persecution to which the applicant was surprising, even for the County Galway.
He had in his hand a number of threatening notices in which the applicant was specially referred to. One of them was actually printed, and was headed, “Death to traitors – remember your last end”.
Four hundred cars
It is estimated that four hundred motor cars made the journey to Roscommon on Sunday for the Connacht football final in which Mayo beat Galway. The parking arrangements were somewhat on the same lines as practised in Dublin; the cars being parked side by side with the back close into the car.
Mr. De Valera pleased
Mr. De Valera was very pleased with his majority of thirty votes when elected President. Labour rallied to him without hesitation.
I believe that notwithstanding all that is being said about Labour embarrassing the Government there will not be much of it when the Dail settles down to work. The Government will be able to keep Labour on hands.
The annual western carnival, which embraces the Galway Plate and Hurdle Race, will open to-morrow, when a record attendance is sure to assemble at the Ballybrit course, which will be followed on Friday by the meeting at the adjoining Tuam course.
The stakes at the meeting amount to nearly £2,000, and this year the value of the Hurdle Race has been raised to £400. As the carriage of horses is being defrayed by the Executive, it is certain that large fields will be seen out in all events.
Support For Bakery Guild
A representative meeting in the Imperial Hotel, Galway of master bakers from Galway and surrounding districts decided to join and give wholehearted support tot he Saorstat Guild of master bakers.