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Corinthians catch Monivea at the death



Date Published: 15-Oct-2009

Monivea withstood a spirited Corinthians second-half comeback to hold on for a draw in this exciting U16 League clash in Monivea on Saturday. The perfect conditions provided both sides with the platform to display their strengths and both did in their contrasting styles.

Monivea dominated the first half with the direct running of their backrow and centres, especially Cian Kelly, causing major problems for the visitors. Indeed, Monivea scored directly from the kick off when impressive outhalf Caolin Blade spread the ball quickly to his centres where Kelly and Neill Conway powered up field. Some weak tackling allowed Kelly in to score in the corner but the try was unconverted.

The home side continued to dominate possession and after eight minutes a break from Blade drew three Corinthians defenders, allowing him to offload to Kelly who was stopped short of the line but scored again a couple of phases later after good recycling of the ball. Blade converted to leave the score 12-0.

Corinthians pack began to assert themselves and while they struggled to get hold of the ball they were able to contain their opponents for the next 15 minutes. Then Blade made another break from about 30 metres out and evaded a couple of tackles to score under the posts. However, he injured himself in the process and had to be carried off. The conversion made it 19-0 to the home side after 23 minutes.

This score finally spurred Corinthians to action and there followed a period of sustained pressure on the Monivea line following good work, close in from the pack. The defence held firm however, and half time saw the score remain 19-0 in favour of the home side.

Corinthians resumed where they left off and, after the ball was worked across the backline a couple of times, Lorcan Folan was unlucky not to score when the referee adjudged he had knocked on in the act of grounding the ball. They didn’t have long to wait for their score though as the strong-running Luke Morgan powered his way over for a try which Jamie Kelly converted.

The visitors’ retained the ball well for the remainder of the game with Liam Brennan and Liam Maddocks being prominent. Good interplay between backs and forwards soon moved the ball into the Monivea 22 where Diarmuid Tierney made his way over near the posts. Kelly converted to leave the score at 19-14 with 10 minutes to go.

The remainder of the game was characterised by strong defence from Monivea and wave after wave of attacks from Corinthians. The sustained pressure paid off at the last second when wing Darragh Moylan scored in the corner. Kelly’s attempted conversion to win the game was narrowly wide and the referee blew full time on an enthralling encounter.

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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