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There were emotional scenes by the Shannon’s edge on Saturday last (December 15) as more than 200 people gathered for the opening of a memorial garden to recall those who lost their lives on Lough Ree and the river.
As St Columba’s Credit Union start preparations to celebrate their upcoming 50th Anniversary next year, they take a look at where it all started. On February 9 1963, with nine crowns, (€3.43) St. Columba’s Credit Union was the first credit union formed in Galway City and County and the second in Connacht.
The following are some of the fires that occurred in the city in the last century.
Michael Gillen was born in a house on a corner at Galway Docks in 1933. His family soon moved to Cooke’s Terrace in Bohermore, which he describes as “the best place I have ever lived in... you could not find a bad neighbour”. He had a “massive childhood”, much of it revolving around sport. Two of his great mentors were Tom Fleming and Martin King, both from Bohermore and both All-Ireland winners with the Galway hurling team in 1923. Michael’s dad grew vegetables and potatoes in ‘The Plots’ on the Headford Road, and his mother kept chickens in the back garden. Michael was always chasing them around, which is probably the reason why everyone called him Chick. This nickname stuck to him to the extent that one day, when a gang of his pals called to the door and said, “Is Michael in?” his mother had to think before she finally replied, “Do you mean Chick?”