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Extra time joy for Cortoon

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Date Published: 17-Dec-2009

It may have taken two hours and twenty minutes to sort out, but Cortoon Shamrocks are celebrating their first ever trophy at senior football level when they deservedly foiled Tuam Stars’ ambitions of another trophy in 2009.

For years Cortoon were meandering through the senior and intermediate ranks but their major breakthrough came last year when they reached the county football championship final.

While they failed to realise their potential in that match, they got some compensation on Sunday in Tuam Stadium when they captured this year’s senior league title with some extra time excellence.

Having relinquished a five point lead in normal time, they made no mistake in 20 minutes of extra time and limited Tuam Stars to just one score – a goal – during that period. However, at that stage, Cortoon had done sufficient amount of damage to ensure victory with the first period of extra time proving crucial when they scored four points without reply.

Last week the two sides drew in a tight encounter when Cortoon came from three points behind to level the match and force a replay. On this occasion, the tables were turned and it required Tuam Stars to nab a goal in injury time from Tony Costello to force the game into extra time. But they just ran out of ideas and stamina during that period.

It was an occasion when the veteran of many county campaigns really shone through. Wing forward Derek Savage was the inspiration behind this Cortoon victory and it was also an occasion when the club’s big guns did not let the side down.

David Warde, Michael Martin, Fergal Heverin and David Finnegan were also outstanding for Cortoon who should have really wrapped up this title in normal time.

But a bit of complacency on their part towards the end of normal time when they were five points ahead accounted for Cortoon having to endure the trauma of extra time at a bitingly cold venue which was attended by a disappointing crowd of around 500.

Having accumulated what looked like an unassailable lead, they probably put Ja Fallon’s point down to a consolation score and had the same reaction when Darren Kelly pointed from play as the game was in injury time.

Then, in one of the best moves seen this year in club football, Jamie Murphy combined with the on-running Gary O’Donnell who then provided Tony Costello with the goal chance and he made no mistake in crashing the ball to the back of the net. A dream goal if there was ever one.

It should have been a tonic goal and one that provided Tuam Stars with a lifeline but, unfortunately for them, it was an opportunity the failed to grasp as they were totally outplayed in the two periods of extra time.

For the full match report see page 53 of this week’s Connacht Tribune

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

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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

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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

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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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