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Five candidates to be interviewed next week for football job



Date Published: 16-Sep-2010

Dara Bradley

The five confirmed and officially nominated contenders for the Galway football management job will be quizzed by an interview panel next week.

Football Board Chairman John Joe Holleran told delegates at a meeting on Tuesday that no late ‘wildcard’ nomination will be added by the board to the field of hopefuls which includes Gerry Fahy (Oranmore), Pete Warren (Tuam Stars), Matt Duggan (Annaghdown), Pat Fallon (Barna) and Tomás Ó Flatharta (Kerry).

At the meeting, delegates Gerry Hussey (Dunmore McHales) and Gearóid Denver (Micheál Breathnach) were appointed to the five-man selection committee that will interview the contenders.

Board Chairman Holleran, Treasurer Milo Costello and Vice-Chairman Michael Ruane, had already been appointed to the committee at a meeting last Monday week.

If the selection committee deems, following the interview process, that none of the five candidates are suitable for the position, then the Football Board is unlikely to seek nominations from clubs again and instead will commence the process of ‘head-hunting’ a suitable candidate.

A Galway-based bookmaker suspended betting on former Cork manager Billy Morgan last Friday after he was spotted in discussions with an official from the Galway football supporters club.

There was widespread speculation following the suspension of betting that he would be offered the post but it is understood the meeting with Morgan, however, had nothing to do with the vacant manager’s position – the official was apparently canvassing support for an upcoming golf fundraiser.

The Football Board confirmed last night that it is still hopeful that a manager will be in place by the end of September or beginning of October.

In a separate development, it now appears increasingly likely that Holleran will be challenged for the position of chairman at the Football Board’s Annual Convention.

At least three men – a former Galway footballer and selector from Connemara; a former Galway footballer from Caherlistrane; and a current Football Board official – have been canvassed by supporters to mount a challenge to Holleran’s reign.

At this stage, months away from the Convention, which is usually held on the last week in November or first week of December, no challenger has publicly declared an interest in contesting the position and forcing a vote. But at least one of the three is expected to put their name forward for the Chairmanship.

Meanwhile, former Galway double All-Ireland winner Paul Clancy has been drafted in as selector to the Laois senior football team. The Moycullen man will join newly appointed manager Justin McNulty’s backroom team.

The current Galway hurling manager John McIntyre met with Hurling Board Officials last night (Wednesday) as per the decision made by hurling delegates a few weeks ago. The appointment of the Galway senior hurling manager for the next two years will take place at a meeting of delegates this coming Tuesday. It had been due to meet Tuesday just gone but it was deferred until next week.

The County Board was also to meet with the Hurling Board last night (Wednesday) to discuss the fallout from the staging of the U-21 final in Tipperary’s home ground, Semple Stadium.

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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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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