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Another home tie for Athenry in Junior Cup as luck holds



Date Published: 17-Jan-2013

Mike Rafferty

IF the luck of the draw has any bearing on who contests the FAI Junior Cup Final in the Aviva Stadium next May, then Athenry have every possibility of going all the way.

Though Gabriel Glavin’s charges have an outstanding sixth round tie to play on January 27 against last season’s runners up Kilbarrack United, their run of good fortune in being first name out of the hat continued at the weekend when they were drawn at home for the sixth round in succession.

So, if they achieve victory against the Dublin side, they would play either St Brendan’s Park/College Corinthians or Cherry Orchard in the last sixteen. On Sunday last, Kilbarrack United secured a late winner when defeating Ballina Town by 2-1 at the Mayo venue.

Athenry are now the Galway League’s lone representatives left in the competition as Corrib Rangers were defeated 2-0 by the holders Sheriff YC at Westside.

An Alan McCabe strike put the visitors ahead on 11 minutes and they sealed the deal with the second in injury time when Keith Dunne raced through to slot past Daragh Geraghty.

The Dublin side were the dominant force in the opening half, but Rangers really put it up to them on the resumption. Twice they went close to an equaliser, when firstly David Smith failed to get a touch to a Barry Moran delivery and from the resulting clearance, Ger Bane cracked in a stunning volley that hit a post.

A late Moran free kick was comfortably gathered by Sheriff goalkeeper Murphy, as the home side industry did not get enough reward in the last third of the park.

However, Roscommon League side, Ballinas

loe Town had a comfortable passage into the last 32 when they defeated Dublin side Kilnamanagh by 4-0 at the Curragh Grounds. One up at the break, goals by Alan Duffy (two), Mark Duffy and Davy Cullen set up a contest against Castlebar Celtic in the next round.


THE weekend action was dominated by the Michael Byrne Cuyp with the majority of results going along expected lines. However, the defeat of Corrib Celtic by lower division Renmore and the setback suffered by St Bernard’s away to Mervue United B, could certainly be considered as shocks.

Renmore prevailed by 4-3 on penalties with custodian Niall Walsh proving to be the hero with two saves in the shootout. Chris Flatley and Kevin Moylan exchanged the goals in normal time, with Moylan, Mike O’Malley and Eoghan Kavanagh scoring their penalties for the visitors.

Matters very much looked to be going the way of St Bernard’s when goals by Kevin Ruane and JP Keary had them two up and apparently in control, before Mervue United B substitute Mark Conneely kick started a recovery when scoring twice to sent the game to extra time. Here, Alan Tormey slotted home a spot kick to give the home side a 3-2 victory.

Dynamo Blues came out on top in the Tuam derby with a 3-1 victory over Celtic. After Vinny Carton and Pierce Sweeney were fouled in the box, a brace of Colm Quinn penalties had them two up before Ger Cuniffe pulled one back from another penalty. A late Franny Fallon far post finish sealed the win for the visitors.

The holders Athenry had to work very hard for their 3-0 away win over Oughterard. After an Alan O’Donovan free kick gave them an interval advantage, they were further helped when the home side were reduced to ten men.

The crossbar denied Benny Lawless, before late goals settled the issue in their favour. Cathal Fahy set up Gary Forde for the second, while O’Donovan was the provider as Brian Murphy sealed the win with the third.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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