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Carna-Caiseal need extra time to see off Clonbur challenge

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Date Published: 26-Sep-2012

Carna-Caiseal 2-15

Clonbur 3-8

After extra-time

Cian O’Connell  at Pearse Stadium

Drama is always attached to championship encounters involving Carna-Caiseal and Saturday’s Intermediate semi-final replay went the distance as Eamon Ó Cualain’s wonderfully spirited team eventually fended off Clonbur’s courageous challenge.

While the football mightn’t have been as pure as the drawn match it was still a thrilling tussle with Carna-Caiseal deserving winners.

Clonbur must take significant credit too as they contributed handsomely to 140 minutes of high intensity fare over two weekends and their return to this level was noteworthy.

The All-Ireland Junior Champions have progressed nicely under Stephen Joyce’s watch in the last 18 months and though they were beaten in Pearse Stadium Clonbur are moving in the right direction.

Carna-Caiseal were just that little bit slicker, though, and in Niall Coyne had the game changing player required to make a difference in these sort of epic encounters.

Coyne was quickly involved planting a smashing seventh minute goal following a Seán Ó Cathasaigh pass which crafted the opportunity. Carna-Caiseal were anxious to get Coyne into the action, but Clonbur replied. Unsurprisingly with their running style it featured a burst from deep with Trevor Lydon advancing to pick out Eoin Joyce.

Clonbur’s most consistent attacker is a clinical finisher and Joyce was sufficiently skilful to rattle the Carna-Caiseal net. Joyce stroked over a free to bring Clonbur back on terms and from that stage it was apparent that this contest would lack neither bite nor bark.

Seosamh Seoige edged Carna-Caiseal ahead again before Joyce kicked a free and a 45 as Clonbur led 1-3 to 1-2 with half-time approaching.

In a wild ending to the opening period Seán Seosamh Ó Curraoin and Sean Ó Cathasaigh had points either side of a Pat Lambe score ensuring the teams left the pitch deadlocked at the break, 1-4 each.

The third quarter belonged to Carna-Caiseal’s application as Clonbur were pegged back and not allowed to implement their strike running style. Seoige nailed a free, the effective Colm Ó Dúbháin and Coyne also pointed before Lydon responded for Clonbur.

Carna-Caiseal were dictating the pace at this stage with Seoige and Marc MacFhlannacha-with a splendid outside of the boot beauty-steering them 1-9 to 1-5 in front 46 minutes in. Considering how hard fought and gruelling the football had been it appeared a decent buffer, but Clonbur found a way back.

Brian Keane and Joyce were the providers and Eamon Ó Cuív drilled a measured low shot in the bottom corner. Suddenly only a point divided the teams and Carna-Caiseal had to stay calm as Clonbur improved considerably once more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

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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

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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013

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

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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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