Pigs & Bullets

No Conscription in Ballinasloe

‘Local sportsmen complain bitterly of the great difficulty in purchasing cartridges in Galway, and state that not only has a permit to be obtained from magistrates and police authorities, but the shopkeeper must have a similar document.  This procedure does not exist in Loughrea or Athenry, in which places a police permit is all that is necessary.

If Galway does not take some immediate action another great source of revenue to the town will be swept away.  During the past few weeks farmers have been taking their pigs all the way to Tuam for disposal at the weigh houses recently acquired there by Messrs Matherson & Son, Denny & Son and O’Mara & Son, bacon merchants, Limerick.  The top price is obtained; the pigs are weighed on the spot and the amount per cwt. Handed over.  A number of Claregalway feeders and others from the vicinity of Galway have chosen this mode of disposal. Local influences might be organised to adjust the balance in favour of Galway.’

Extracts from Galway Express, 9 December 1916

‘One thing is almost certain that any attempt to force conscription on this country would lose the new Government the support of the labourer which they have only succeeded in receiving by a narrow majority, and would place them immediately in the melting pot.’

From East Galway Democrat, 9 December 1916


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