King Frost's Arrival

Lady Morris's gift of tobacco

“King Frost” had a mixed reception on the occasion of his fleeting visit to Galway during the week-end, and up to Wednesday, after his gambol in the metropolis.  The juvenile element availed of the opportunity to disport themselves on “slides,” which were to be found in every conceivable manner of place, though their presence on the footpaths was rather reprehensible. Sturdy policemen had to give up in despair anything like a systematic attempt to stop the youngsters’ pastime. “Festina lente” was the motto of the elders …

The frost interfered greatly with the Galway fair on Wednesday and the supplies of cattle and sheep offered were extremely small, while buyers were very scarce.  The fact that the fixture clashed with Oughterard fair was another adverse factor.  However, prices were maintained in the average.  A small number of fat sheep went from £8 10s to £4, and the few fat cattle offered fetched £25 and £26.  Stores realised £17 to £19, and three years’ old, £11 to £18.  A fair supply of pigs were quickly bought up at 3s less per cwt. than the prices ruling at last fair.  The Grand Fancy Dress Ball held at the Town hall, Galway, on Thursday night week, on the occasion of the seasonal termination of Miss M. Garrett’s dancing classes, was an unqualified success.  A large number of ladies and gentlemen (including some from Tuam and Athenry) patronised the function, and quite a feast of aesthetic fancy was provided in the number and variety of the quaint and topical garbs worn.  Excellent music was supplied by Miss Brown’s orchestra, and the night was thoroughly enjoyed.

With characteristic charity Lady Morris, 48, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, a relative of Lord Killanin, has contributed a welcome gift for the male inmates of the Galway Union Workhouse for Christmas – namely, 20lbs. of best tobacco.  She sent a similar contribution last year.’

Extracts from ‘Local and General’ Galway Express, 23 December 1916

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