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Cunningham keeps his cool as Kilkenny boss ups the stakes



Date Published: 05-Sep-2012


GALWAY manager Anthony Cunningham has refused to engage in a war of words over the referee’s role with his Kilkenny counterpart, Brian Cody, before the sides meet in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final at Croke Park on Sunday.

All of the early questions at the Galway hurlers’ media night in Loughrea related to the role which Westmeath official Barry Kelly might play in the decider, after Cody had expressed concerns that the referee might be instructed to take an overly-strict approach following his side’s over-physical tussle with Tipperary in last month’s semi-final.

Kilkenny will have to field without midfielder Michael Rice, who sustained a crushed knuckle and lacerated ligaments in his hand in that 4-24 to 1-15 hammering of the Munster champions, as Cody leads them into a September final for the 12th time.

“I think there could be a stupid reaction now,” said Cody. “The last three All-Ireland finals were played and the game was let flow. They were outstanding games. Suddenly, there could be a crazy reaction to a couple of instances in the semi-final.”

Cody has expressed fears that a red card could be issued “for nothing” in the early stages of the final, with the GAA determined to lay down the law in the wake of the unsavoury scenes in his side’s semi-final victory.

His ruthless or relentless streak, bordering on intimidation at times, should come as no surprise to Galway supporters who witnessed his antics at first hand in a championship game at Semple Stadium as far back as 2004.

On that occasion, the Cats – who had won the 2002 and 2003 All-Irelands – were reeling from the shock of a rare Leinster championship defeat to Wexford earlier in the summer.

Cody had seen the 2001 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Noel Lane’s physical Galway side, who had outhurled and outmuscled his team, as the turning point in his reign. Never again would his side be physically intimidated by any other team.

In 2004, he confronted the referee as he left the pitch at half-time in Thurles. He prowled around behind Liam Donoghue’s goals in the second half of that game, barking out instructions to his forwards. His side won by 19 points, exacting sweet revenge for 2001, and Cody would have felt that the end justified the means.

Cody’s men won that tie by 4-20 to 1-10, but Conor Hayes’ side famously came back to shock his men by 5-18 to 4-18 in the following year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Kilkenny have reached 13 of the last 15 finals, and it was the Tribesmen who kept them out of the other two in 2001 and 2005.

The Kilkenny manager has consistently argued that hurling his a physical game – and is clearly concerned that one of his players, seven time All-Ireland winner Tommy Walsh for example, might see a red card in Sunday’s final.

Walsh hauled Damien Hayes to the ground just 12 seconds into that 2004 All-Ireland qualifier, taking the gamble that conceding a free was a far better gamble than allowing the Tribesmen to score a morale-boosting early goal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht 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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