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Classy Clarinbridge return to top of club hurling in Galway

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Clarinbridge 0-18

Loughrea 0-15

(after extra-time)

STEPHEN GLENNON

AT KENNY PARK

UNBRIDLED scenes of joy engulfed Kenny Park after a gutsy Clarinbridge outfit claimed only the club’s second ever county senior hurling championship title following a pulsating – if not epic – victory over Loughrea after extra-time on Sunday.

Exciting this most definitely was, as the Bridge was forced to hit three late points in the last two minutes plus of normal time to preserve their championship aspirations and deny their opponents Loughrea what was almost a certain victory.

Indeed, given that scores were as rare as hen’s teeth in the opening 58 minutes, the resilience Micheál Donoghue’s charges showed has to be lauded. With the scoreline reading 0-13 to 0-10 in Loughrea’s favour, Clarinbridge dug deep to conjure up those three precious points.

First, Alan Kerins – who, for all intent and purpose, turned the game on its head when moved into midfield in the final quarter – initiated a move involving his brother Mark and Paul Coen, which led to Shane Burke being fouled by Loughrea defender Tom Regan. Coen, who had taken over the free-taking duties from an erratic Mark Kerins, subsequently converted the 58th minute placed ball opportunity.

Two minutes later, on the stroke of full time, Coen struck over a ’65 to narrow the deficit to just one and all of a sudden Clarinbridge, having eye-balled defeat moments earlier, were back in the hunt. They just required one more chance. And they got it.

From a Michael Donoghue sideline cut in the second minute of injury-time, Mark Kerins rose high on the edge of the Loughrea square and as he went to turn he was held by an outstretched Loughrea arm. Free in, Coen tallied his third consecutive point to secure the Bridge a reprieve.

Was it deserved? The answer would have to be ‘yes’, for while Loughrea dominated for large passages of the proceedings, Clarinbridge displayed unshakable determination and grit to stay the course in the belief that circumstances would eventually turn in their favour. And it finally did in extra-time.

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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