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Chance to win Û1,000 in major Liam Mellows Club fundraiser



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LIAM Mellows GAA Club are giving eight people the chance to win €1,000 with their upcoming ‘Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire’ fundraiser in aid of their grounds development fund.

The ‘Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire’ fundraiser is being run by the club on Saturday, December 3, in The Clayton Hotel, starting at 8:30pm.

The fundraising event is based on the popular TV programme ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.This show is run on a nationwide basis by Pallas Marketing and attracts large audiences in venues all over the country. It promises to be a great evening of entertainment, with music by Seán Slattery and The Connections late into the night.

Liam Mellows GAA Club field over 20 teams in hurling and camogie from their base in Ballyloughane, Renmore. The club has invested heavily in its grounds development in recent years with the construction of a new juvenile pitch, floodlit astroturf pitches and a 50-metre hurling wall.

At the launch of the ‘Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire’ fundraiser in Crowe’s Bar, Bohermore on Tuesday last, Club Chairman Pat Hughes outlined the plans for the future development of the club grounds in Ballyloughane and the major fundraiser on December 3.


In welcoming people to the launch, he stated: “This is a very important fundraiser for our club and will enable us to proceed with the next phase of our ambitious grounds development project. We hope all club members and supporters and the many friends of the club around the City support the fundraising initiative”.

Tickets go on sale this week and are available from all club members at a cost of only €20. All tickets holders are in with a chance to win one of eight places to play for the €1,000 jackpot by answering 12 questions correctly. More details are available on the club website or from any club member.

Meanwhile, the Liam Mellows Camogie AGM took place recently in the Menlo Park Hotel. There was a good crowd in attendance to review the year and plan for the coming one.

Geraldine Mc Peake stepped down as Secretary and has been replaced by Dorothy Byrnes with Paula Sylver as Assistant Secretary. Marian Minihan remains as Chairperson with Breege Keville taking over as Vice-Chairperson.

Christine Hughes and Joanne Fox remained on as Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer respectively. Johnny Burke and Olga O’Sullivan are joint PROs and other changes see Paddy Kelly and Liam Minihan taking over as County Board delegates. The first committee meeting will take place next week with the plans well underway for the club’s Christmas Party.

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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