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Barna continue to rock in title race



Date Published: 17-Aug-2010

Dara Bradley

BARNA qualified for the last four of the Claregalway Hotel senior football championship for the first time ever since the club was founded in 1965 after a comprehensive win over the 2001 county champions, Annaghdown, at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.

The 1-13 to 2-7 scoreline doesn’t do justice to Barna’s dominance throughout as the underdogs, with probably one of their best all-round team performances in championship football in recent years, smothered and stifled Annaghdown’s challenge with ferocious tackling, hunting in packs and relentless support play.

Lapses in concentration towards the end – and the absence Eoin McDonagh who went off injured – allowed Annaghdown in for two late goals that had the Barna faithful fretting in the extended period of injury time but the seasiders, driven on by top class displays from the likes of Paddy Naughton, Paddy Kennedy, Kieran Hanley, Robbie Curran and Brian and Ray Conneely, held on for a famous three-points win.

The management team of Pat Fallon, Michael Lydon and Bert Curran have this year transformed the perennial ‘whipping boys’ of championship football into a serious outfit that will trouble any team – Barna are far fitter and work harder than in recent campaigns and will face the semi-final stage with buckets of confidence.

Meanwhile, reigning champions Corofin were three minutes away from relinquishing their Galway and Connacht crowns and seeing their three-in-a-row dream go up in smoke,but Gerry Keane’s charges pulled it out of the fire against Caherlistrane with three late points, including a soft 13-metre free in the fourth minute of injury time, at Tuam Stadium on Sunday.

Corofin were lucky to be trailing by just a point (1-3 to 1-4) at the turnaround, as the outsiders tore into them from the off but a cracking goal from Mike Farragher on the stroke of half-time masked Caherlistrane’s dominance. There were talking points aplenty in the second 30 minutes when Eric Monahan, Caherlistrane’s most prolific forward, and Corofin’s Kieran McGrath were both red carded for a goalmouth shemozzle involving several players.

And when Shane O’Brien raised Caherlistrane’s second green flag a minute later, all hell broke loose on the sideline with substitutes and mentors of both sides involved in another shemozzle in front of the stand. When the dust settled Caherlistrane were leading by three points with six minutes remaining and looked destined for a deserved win but Corofin eked out an unlikely draw.

For more, read page 24 of this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

See also Impressive Barna

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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