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Dora leads Girls in Green to World Cup quarter-final



Date Published: 16-Sep-2010

Keith Kelly

Most Leaving Cert students have spent the last few weeks settling into what they hope will be their final year in second level education, but for Barna teenager Dora Gorman there have been more pressing matters on her mind – leading the Irish U-17 girls’ squad through a successful World Cup group stage and into a quarter-final with Japan tomorrow (Friday) night.

Gorman is due to sit her Leaving Cert in the Taylor’s Hill in Galway City next June, but while the rest of her classmates have spent the past fortnight getting class schedules and devising study plans for the year ahead, the Salthill Devon star has been away on international duty, and she is in no hurry to come back!

“Obviously we want to win on Friday and stay here right until the end of the tournament. It has been very intense, and the heat is a big factor, but before we came to Trinidad & Tobago we spent a week in Miami to acclimatise, and it was actually warmer there so we are getting used to the heat now,” Gorman told Tribune Sport on Wednesday.

The Girls in Green face Japan at midnight on Friday (Irish time, 7pm local time), with the winners facing either Germany or North Korea in the semi-final next Tuesday. The Irish side started their campaign with a narrow 2-1 loss to Brazil, but bounced back in their next game to beat Canada 1-0.

Canada had started with a 1-0 win over Ghana, who then went on to cause a shock with a 1-0 win over Brazil, meaning all four sides went into the final pool games level on three points apiece.

As both games entered their final stages, both Brazil and Ireland were wining 2-0, which meant the South Americans would top the group while the Irish girls would face a quarter-final with Spain, who beat them on penalties in the final of the European Championships earlier this year.

However, a long-range strike 13 minutes from time from Mayo winger Aileen Gilroy meant the Irish girls topped their group and instead face a quarter final against Japan, who finished second in Group C behind Spain, beating both New Zealand and Venezuela 6-0, while losing 3-1 to Spain.

“That was probably the best feeling we have had, to beat Ghana 3-0 and then come off the pitch and find out we had topped the group. The turning point for us was beating a very strong Canada side to get back into contention, but the best feeling had to be hearing we had topped our group,” Gorman said.

“I suppose it was good to avoid Spain as we know how good they are, but Japan are a very good team as well. They are technically very good, very fast, but we might have the edge on them physically so we are confident we can beat them.

“At this stage, we don’t fear anyone. We knocked holders Germany out of the European Championships, and we topped our World Cup group which also featured South American champions Brazil, a Canada side that had knocked out America in their qualifiers, and a very strong Ghana side.

“I’m not sure if you can say we exceeded expectations by topping our group – we knew we had a tough draw, but we had great confidence in ourselves and we delivered. We lost to Brazil, but that game could have gone either way, and then got the wins over Canada and Ghana to top the group,” she said.

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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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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