Online archives of what you could and could not do at a pier

Galway posters and public notices from 1882 to 1916

Cathaoirleach of County Galway, Cllr Eileen Mannion presents Audrey Murray (Inishbofin Public Library) with a duplicate copy of a 1916 public notice relating to the tolls and rates associated with the Cleggan pier.

Cathaoirleach of County Galway, Cllr Eileen Mannion presents Audrey Murray (Inishbofin Public Library) with a duplicate copy of a 1916 public notice relating to the tolls and rates associated with the Cleggan pier.

'ALL HOOKERS carrying turf to pay a licence fee of 3c. per year or for any part of a year. Strange boats entering the harbor for shelter, or wind-bound, to pay sixpence for any period not exceeding 30 days’.

This is from a 1915 notice for Chill Rónáin pier on Inis Mór and can be viewed as part of the Galway County Council's mini online exhibition, Pier & Harbour Public Notices and their Conservation, which is part of the larger Explore Your Archive campaign, which runs from November 18 to 28.

The notices - viewable via www.galway.ie\archives\exhibitions - dating from between 1882 and 1916, detail the bye-laws, rules, and regulations and penalties associated with a particular pier or harbour. Others include a schedule of tolls and rates to be paid by vessels using the pier. Some of the notices were originally in a very fragile condition, but have been restored recently. The exhibition features some before and after images, detailing the intricate work involved in conservation.

Explore Your Archive is a campaign delivered by the Archives and Records Association across the UK and Ireland. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of the essential role of archives in society, to celebrate the network of collections and emphasise the skills and professionalism of the sector. See www.exploreyourarchive.org

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