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Connacht side backboned by 11 Galway players claims U-17 Interprovincial title



Date Published: 06-Nov-2012

Under a management quartet from Hibernians and backboned by eight players from Mervue United, the Connacht U-17 side were crowned Interprovincial champions over the weekend in Wexford.


Meanwhile, last season it took NUI Galway seven games before they picked up a point in the Premier League and after such a dreadful start they did well to survive in the top flight as it was Oranmore and Corrib Celtic who eventually took the dreaded drop.

After two previous draws this seaswon, they picked up their first win in the current campaign on Sunday last, when they were always in command against West United at Dangan in a very reduced league programme.

In the Airtricity U-19 Leagues, It could have being three wins from three for the Galway sides over the weekend, but Galway United Supporters Trust lost a two goal advantage as they went down at home to Wexford Youths, while Salthill Devon did likewise away to Waterford but at least they left the South East with a point in a 2-2 draw.

Mervue United were the only complete success story, as they were winners away to Longford Town.


Under the management of Derek O’Loughlin, the Connacht U-17 side completed a clean-sweep in the Interprovincial Series as three victories saw them run out very impressive winners over their fellow Provincial sides.

Backboned by 11 players from Galway, they kicked off on Saturday morning with a 4-1 win over Ulster, with Castlebar Celtic’s Liam Flatley grabbing a hat-trick.

Flatley was also on the mark with the opener as Leinster were dismissed by 2-1, with Mervue United’s Padraig Cunningham snatching the winner and in the final game on Sunday, Flatley displayed exactly why he was chosen as Player of the Tournament as he notched a brace in the 2-0 win over Munster.

The achievement of Connacht was all the more remarkable, given that they had to change their complete selection just days before the event. Manager O’Loughlin had prepared for an U-18 competition and had selected his squad accordingly.

It was only after their submission to the FAI that the discrepancy was noticed and after their selection – the same players had to be deselected and a new squad chosen.

In that context the achievement of the Connacht squad in winning the event was remarkable, as the much hyped Leinster finished bottom of the table.

The Galway players in the squad were Peter Healy, Paul Healy, Robert Carroll, Andrew Connolly, Moisse Assagbo, Padraig Cunningham, Gary Bailey and Chris Carroll (all Mervue United), along with Shane Connaughton (Salthill Devon), Shane Hulgraine (HibsFoyle) and Colin Brady (Corofin).

Management: Derek O’Loughlin, Pat Turke, Anthony Kelly, Mark McPhilbin and Francis Keady.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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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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