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Portumna 2-18

Dunloy 0-12


REIGNING All-Ireland senior hurling champions Portumna may have carried the day by a 12-point winning margin but this victory over Ulster kingpins Dunloy in the penultimate stages of the club championship was far from a comfortable experience for the holders.

The Galway champions had expected a physical battle from the outset, and they were not disappointed as Dunloy swept into Parnell Park in a flurry of fire and brimstone. Indeed, at times, the field became nothing more than a heated, congested battleground – sheared underfoot of its grass covering, only to be replaced by the thin veil of the dropping sweat of the brow.

So many times, Portumna have won pretty – and pretty big – but in front of a tidy gathering of hurling enthusiasts on Sunday, they were called upon to do it the hard way – to win the ugly way – and they duly obliged.

Indeed, Johnny Kelly’s men had to withstand a determined third quarter rally by Dunloy – in which the Northerners rattled off four unanswered points between the 37th and 46th minutes – before a Joe Canning free got the Portumna juggernaut rolling again.

In many respects, Canning’s point – the free itself earned by the sweat of his own brow – was akin to placing the smelling salts under the champions’ nose. Revived, they rattled off a further four points in as many minutes, as Canning (free), Andrew Smith (2) and Kevin Hayes all found the target to establish a 1-16 to 0-9 lead seven minutes from time. The Dunloy challenge had been finally broken.

If any other team had found themselves under the cosh –as Portumna did in that third quarter – they may have succumbed to an element of self-doubt, but Portumna have proved time and again that they are made of sterner stuff. They lack nothing in backbone.

The contest, itself, opened in whirlwind fashion, with both teams finding the target in the opening 42 seconds. First, Dunloy full-forward Patrick Richmond tallied a super point on just 10 seconds before Damien Hayes fired over the equaliser on the resulting puck-out.

From there, Canning added three frees to put Portumna four points to one up, but Dunloy – who had deployed wing-forward Paul Shiels in a sweeper role – soon had the deficit cut to a single point after Sean Dowds (free) and impressive wing-back Kevin McKeague clipped over a couple of fine efforts.

Again, Portumna upped the ante. Collecting an Ivan Canning puck-out, Kevin Hayes belted over a great point before left-half back Peter Smith and Canning (free) extended their side’s advantage.

On 20 minutes, the victors pounced for their first goal. A swift move involving captain Leo Smith and Canning, who snapped up possession before releasing the sliotar with a deft handpass inside, set up Ciaran Ryan for one of his trademark goals. That score put Portumna 1-8 to 0-3 to the good.

In the closing stages of the half, Canning and Kevin Hayes traded points with Dunloy duo Patrick Doherty and Dowds, but despite Dunloy ‘digging in’, so to speak, the Westerners still held a 1-10 to 0-5 lead at the break.

Although dour enough at times, tactically, it had been an interesting half of hurling. As St. Gall’s had done with Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry in the intermediate semi-final, Dunloy also focused on crowding the middle and denying their opponents space.

For their part, Portumna sought to counteract this by rotating the forwards, which meant, at one point, their two most deadly offensive players, Joe Canning and Damien Hayes, were lining out in the half-forward positions in an effort to secure some meaningful possession to convert to scores.

For more, read page 54 of this week’s Connacht 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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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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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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