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Connacht unveil new signing for Worcester test



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Connacht Coach Michael Bradley, whose replacement will be unveiled during the Six Nations tournament this coming spring, will start new signing George Naoupa for Saturday’s crucial European Challenge Cup match against Guinness Premiership side Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Saturday (3pm).

New Zealander Naoupa will make his debut for Connacht at number eight, in the first of two back-to-back matches against the Warriors that will ultimately define Connacht’s season.

With Connacht languishing at the bottom of the Magners League table again this year – despite an encouraging away performance against the Cardiff Blues last weekend – Bradley is looking to the Challenge Cup to salvage some success and to leave on a ‘high note’ in this his last season in charge.

Securing five points – a win plus a bonus point – etween Saturday’s match and the return leg at the Sportsground next Friday will place Connacht in pole position to remain on top of Pool 2 and favourites to advance to the quarter-final stages, with just two home matches against Montpellier and Olympus Madrid, who they have already beaten away, to come in the New Year.

The six-day turnaround will be bruising and Bradley will be hoping to avoid adding to an injury list that already includes Keith Matthews and Andrew Browne, and particularly so given that Connacht face derbies against Munster and Leinster in the Magners League over the Christmas period.

The good news is Troy Nathan and Jamie O’Hagan have recovered from injury and will be named on the bench on Saturday alongside Johnny O’Connor who returned from injury and started against Cardiff last week.

Giving Naoupa a start ahead of Mike McComish, who will drop to the bench, is expected to be the only surprise when the Connacht starting line-up is officially announced later today (Friday).

John Muldoon will again captain the side in what is the 1,000th European Challenge Cup match ever to take place and starts in the back row, with Ray Ofisa, who came on as substitute for Mike McComish last week, getting the nod ahead of O’Connor.

The front row of Brett Wilkinson, Robbie Morris and Seán Cronin will remain unchanged as will the half backs pairing of scrum half, Frank Murphy and out half, Ian Keatley. Gavin Duffy will start at full-back, with Fionn Carr and Liam Bibo on the wings and Niva Ta’auso – Naoupa’s former New Zealand Highland’s teammate – and Aidan Wynne in the centre.

Warriors Director of Rugby, Mike Ruddock this week declared that Connacht “were the side to beat” if they are to have any hope of qualification.

Ruddock signalled he is keeping one eye on the Premiership crunch tie with Northampton on St Stephen’s Day, and so will probably be rotating his squad for the return leg against Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday.

“We will certainly know each other inside out after these two games, but we have also got a very tough Guinness Premiership fixture just around the corner against Northampton. We will see what happens on Saturday, but there is a chance I will rotate my squad when we go out to Connacht and freshen a few guys up for the Northampton game,” said Ruddock.

But, given that the Warrio

rs are languishing third from bottom of the Premiership and have no hope of automatic qualification to the Heineken Cup, they will, like all English sides, be targeting the Challenge Cup as a means to progressing to the ‘holy grail’ of the Heineken Cup and Connacht will have to be at their best in the two matches to secure the necessary five points.

For more read page 49 of this week’s Galway City 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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