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Athenry spot on in penalty shoot-out against Cork side

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: {J}

Soccer Wrap Up with Mike Rafferty

On a good weekend for Galway teams in the FAI Junior Cup, it was Athenry who had the closest call as they required penalties before seeing off Fairview FC in Moanbaun on Saturday last, while Corrib Rangers and OLBC had more comfortable successes over Mountview United and Hill Celtic respectively as all advanced to the last 32.

With Athenry getting some of their regulars back into the starting eleven, expectations are getting a little higher, but despite all the experience available, the hosts struggled to see off a Cork side that set out in defensive mode and stayed true to their mantra throughout.


The home side eventually prevailed by 5-4 on penalties, after the contest finished level at 1-1 following extra time. Gabriel Glavin’s charges made a good start and it was Cathal Fahy who sent Gary Forde scampering away to fire home the opener, but the advantage was short lived as Fairview quickly levelled matters.

Despite that setback, Athenry continued to do most of the pressing and Conor Cannon and Declan Cullen were both denied by some top class goalkeeping and, indeed, the Fairview custodian continued to frustrate with save after save.

However Athenry’s failure to kill off the visitors didn’t prove to be their downfall as they prevailed in the shootout. Seamie Crowe, Cathal Fahy, Stephen Rabbitte, Alan O’Donovan and Mark Moran were all spot on with their penalties, while Mark Cobey made one crucial save when diving to his right to keep out Fairview’s final effort to secure victory.

Boys Club were always in command in Limerick as goals by Jason Ruffley, Jason McDonagh and Jimmy Jennings eased them to a 3-0 win over Hill Celtic.

The final outcome in Terryland was a little flattering as far as Corrib Rangers were concerned, but their 4-1 win over Dublin side Mountview United was merited, but achieved against a side who finished with just eight men.

Set piece goals by Barry Moran had Rangers two up on 64 minutes, when Mountview imploded and, in quick succession, they had two players collect second yellow cards.

Despite the numerical difference, they pulled one back from a Martin Mullarney penalty and it took a goal line clearance by Kevin Fitzpatrick to deny Johnny Gunnery a shock equaliser. Another red card for Chris Barbour reduced their number to eight.

Despite all the advantages lying with the home side, they struggled to keep possession and it was only deep in additional time that Moran completed his hat trick and David Smith also found the range to seal the win.

Unfortunately, the three Galway teams left in the Junior Cup will all be taking to the road following Tuesday night’s Sixth Round draw. Athenry will be heading to Donegal to face Millford United, while OLBC must travel to Dublin to take on Trinity Corinthians. Corrib Rangers will be making the relatively shorter journey to west Limerick to face Broadford United. The games are scheduled to take place on the weekend of January 14/15.

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

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy



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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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



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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