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Corinthians flying high but Wegians fall



Date Published: 01-Nov-2012

Rob Murphy

GALWEGIANS woes continue after a second loss in three outings in Division 2a of the Ulster Bank League. Greystones beat them 27-23 in North Wicklow on Saturday despite a promising late comeback from the visitors.

The sky blues scored the first ten points of the contest with Tadgh Leader kicking a penalty before Brian Murphy notched a try to mark his return from injury and Leader converted, but in a 25 minute spell either side of half time the home side scored 21 unanswered points, including two tries.

The visitors mounted a late fightback with tries from Jonathan Gardiner and Leader, but it was too little too late and their second defeat on the east coast (they lost to league leaders Terenure in round one) was confirmed.

Their only success to date was a far from fluid home win against struggling Bective Rangers and any thoughts that they would be in a position to bounce straight back to Division 1 rugby are dissipating after two defeats, making their trip to Donnybrook this Saturday to face Old Wesley all the more important.

Corinthians, by contrast, are flying in what is their third season in this division, having flirted with a promotion chase up to now. They are determined to make a real push this time around, although it is very early doors yet.

Three wins from three with a couple of bonus points for good measure has them second, a point behind Banbridge. The 19-7 home win over Cashel on Saturday was their most impressive display of the season yet, considering the Tipperary side arrived off the back of two good early season wins.

On Saturday, Galwegians travel to Donnybrook to face Old Wesley who have also lost two from three while Corinthians are away to an improving and high scoring City of Derry in their toughest test yet.

In Division 1b, Buccaneers were left reeling on Saturday evening after Dungannon inflicted a bonus point 26-12 defeat on them at Dubarry Park. Connemara didn’t fair any better in Division 2b as they went down 34-10 at home to Nenagh to underline a very poor start to the season.

Next up for the men from Clifden is a massively important away to trip to Newtownards this Saturday. Ards are also bottom without a point and the outcome of this tie might have crucial implications later in the season.

Monivea Survive

Only one Connacht side made it through to the quarter finals of the All Ireland Junior Cup at the weekend. Twice finalists Monivea won away to 2011 winners Crosshaven 26-15, but made hard work of beating the Cork side who are without a win in any competition this season.


That said, their continued consistent progress in this competition will be a boost to Paul Flanagan and his side who are yet to lose this season. The news for the other Connacht sides was not so good.


OLBC were making their debut in the competition but found their home tie against Belfast side Cooke very difficult, losing 40-24 in the end. They mounted a spirited late fightback with two tries in the final quarter but the injury hit Bohermore side were very much outbattled on the day.

The two Mayo sides competing in the competing in the first round also faired poorly with Westport losing away to unbeaten Munster side Kanturk 32-7 and perhaps, more surprisingly, Ballina going down 32-14 to Donaghadee of a Ulster in North Mayo.

For more, read 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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