Date Published: 25-Apr-2012
Alan Dooley at Tuam Stadium
ST. James’ stand between Corofin and a magnificent three-in-a-row at the U21A football grade after the champions retained the Supervalu North Board title with relative ease at Tuam Stadium, seeing off the gallant challenge of a young Caltra side on Saturday evening.
The nine-point margin at the finish was harsh on a Caltra side who played an attractive brand of football but were unable to match Corofin physically in the key positions, while the victors showed flashes of genuine class in attack but are left with room for improvement ahead of the county final.
For Caltra, who are laying solid foundations for the future of their club given that the majority of this panel were involved in capturing the county U21 B title only last year, they will look back on an opening half that began promisingly but petered out as the scores that were needed with the wind at their backs to give them a lead to protect never materialised.
Instead Corofin, for whom five of their six starting forwards registered scores, notched 1-6 of their total in the quarters before and after the break to give them a healthy cushion that, while never under too much threat, needed a spectacular save from goalkeeper Thomas Healy to quell any notions of a Caltra comeback.
An early Corofin onslaught looked on the cards, and uneasy memories of last year’s rout of Claregalway at the same stage of the competition returned, as they quickly got within shooting range following some slick passing and forceful running. Full forward Ian Burke kicked a routine free to open the game’s scoring before the minute mark had elapsed, but Caltra were soon showing that they were determined to make their mark.
Three minutes later midfielder Padraig Mannion played a short free to Luke Cosgrove and took the return pass before driving over a superb point with the outside of his boot from 40 yards out. With Kealen Beckett showing well at full forward for Caltra, they were on the front foot for the next ten minutes, but didn’t add the scores their play deserved.
Beckett could have had a goal on seven minutes when he turned Conor Keady in the left corner and darted goalwards, but the target man lost control at the vital moment and Healy darted out to smother his low shot. Already Corofin had demonstrated their high fielding ability at midfield in the shape of Alan Molloy and Daithí Burke, but they were still finding the dogged Caltra defence tough to crack.
Good pressure by the Caltra forwards led to their second score when Conor Nolan kicked a splendid free from the right corner with his left foot, but quick as a flash Corofin had levelled when Oisín Mannion guided over a left footed effort, and within 60 seconds Adrian Molloy set up Ian Burke for another point.
Patient build-up play got Caltra back on level terms on 19 minutes when half back Stephen Nolan joined in the attack and dissected the uprights. Corofin, though, were beginning to find their rhythm and, while Caltra remained tenacious in the tackle and poised on the ball, wave upon wave of attacks now poured forward toward the Town goal.
Daithí Burke and Adrian Molloy combined well before Ian Burke slotted over a free to make it 0-4 to 0-3 in Corofin’s favour, and just before the interval Seán Silke clinically struck for a critical goal when released by Mannion’s perceptive handpass. More good play from the hard working Adrian Molloy set up Silke for another point and despite eight minutes of added time, Corofin retreated to the dressing rooms with a five point cushion.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
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
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
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.