Date Published: 21-Oct-2009
Leitir Mór 0-11
Alan Dooley at
ATHENRY captured the SuperValu County minor B football crown, their fourth such title and first for 14 years, at Pearse Stadium on Saturday after narrowly overcoming the determined challenge of Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór.
A game that rightly looked destined to end in stalemate after an evenly contested sixty minutes was decided deep into injury time by Thomas Flynn’s marvellously struck free from an acute angle out on the touchline; a score worthy of winning any contest, and one that sealed the young midfielder’s Man of the Match award.
Conor Caulfield’s well-taken goal only minutes earlier looked to have swung the tie critically in Athenry’s favour, giving them a two-point lead with time running out, but Leitir Mór fought back bravely and drew level through points from Liam Ó Máille and Déaglán MacDonnacha with two minutes of injury time left to play.
Athenry, though, had one further thrust in them and worked the ball down the left touchline. Marc Hannon held onto possession well in the corner and passed to Caulfield, who was fouled. Faced with a free on the 20-metre line five yards in from the sideline, Flynn stepped forward and, displaying nerves of steel, casually lofted an effort over the black spot which landed on the roof of James Ó Domhnaill’s net.
It was a harsh ending for Leitir Mór, who deserved a second outing but were ultimately let down by a half hour spell in which they failed to score after storming into an early lead. In claiming the West Board crown, Leitir Mór had posted an impressive total to beat Clifden and their accuracy in front of the posts continued in fine fashion in the opening quarter.
Midfielder Ciarán Ó Gríofa got them off the mark with a good score after a flowing move involving Séan Ó Cuinn and Liam Ó Máille in the second minute, before Seanín Ó Flatharta split the posts to double the lead. Colin Whyte hit back for Athenry with a free, but Leitir Mór continued to look sharper and had soon opened up a four point lead.
Aonghus Ó Fatharta darted into space to collect a good pass and make it 0-3 to 0-1, Ó Flatharta took a handpass from Ó Máille before adding the next, before Aonghus Ó Fatharta added a stylish effort on 11 minutes. The game looked to be passing Athenry by, and wides from Whyte and Flynn certainly didn’t help their cause, but they finally found their range when Flynn lofted a free over bar in the 22nd minute.
Flynn and Conor Burke, an All-Ireland minor hurling winner, began to find their feet in the midfield duel with Ó Gríofa and Colm MacDonnacha and Burke, despite looking suspiciously inside the square when the ball arrived, added the next score when he punched a Whyte effort over the bar from close range. Conor Caulfield then set up Marc Hannon for a great score and Hannon wasted a goal opportunity soonafter but Athenry were happy to go in at the break only a point behind.
They kept the momentum in their favour when Darragh Glynn swung over a left-footed shot that lacked grace but more than made up for it with accuracy. Leitir Mór were now in turmoil themselves, and were soon staring at a two-point deficit when Hannon pointed with the aid of a post and Burke strode forward to capitalise on good work from Glynn and Caulfield to add his side’s seventh point.
Stung into action, Leitir Mór’s captain Sean Breathnach showed admirable leadership by getting his side back on the scoring trail with a 41st minute point. Inspired by this effort, Leitir Mór surged forward again and drew level through a Ciarán Ó Suilleabháin point. With Éanna Ó Cathain driving them on, Leitir Mór then grabbed the lead once more when Aonghus Ó Fatharta converted a free.
But Athenry quickly hit back through another well-struck Flynn free, before Ó Suilleabháin flashed a shot across the face of goal and wide at the other end. Déaglán MacDonnacha then edged Leitir Mór ahead on 56 minutes, but within sixty seconds Caulfield had struck low and hard from close range for a goal for Athenry after being released into space by a handpass from Glynn.
Many sides would have caved in at this juncture, but Leitir Mór came back again to level via an Ó Máille free from 45 metres out and Déaglán MacDonnacha’s point after he had shrugged off a heavy shoulder to raise what looked like being the final white flag of the tie. But Flynn had other ideas and his heroics ensured that Athenry’s captain James Divilly received the trophy from Football Board Chairman John Joe Holleran.
Athenry’s victory was based on a commitment to hard work and support play that was best typified by the defensive efforts of James Divilly, Ciaran Cleary, and Liam Cannon; the midfield duo of Thomas Flynn and Conor Burke, while Conor Caulfield, Marc Hannon, and Darragh Glynn were best of an enthusiastic forward line.
Naomh Anna will be bitterly disappointed that they didn’t hold on for a second bite of the cherry, and in Colm Ó Fatharta, Éanna Ó Cathain, Colm Ó Gríofa, Déaglán MacDonnacha, and Aonghus Ó Fatharta they had players whose performances deserved better reward.
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
Folk group The Unthanks make a welcome return
Date Published: 24-Jan-2013
English folk group, the Unthanks make a welcome return to Róisín Dubh on Sunday, February 24.
Their unique approach to storytelling involves using a kaleidoscope of unlikely instruments and spanning a bridge between past and present. It’s hard to conceive how music could sound so traditional and adventurous at once.
While their three albums to date have received much acclaim, the Mercury Music Prize nominated Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank have garnered most praise for their live performances. Stories of love, loss, birth, death, brawls and booze make for a rollercoaster ride through the human condition.
Rachel and Becky’s folk-club singing influences are set against otherworldly musical pictures, arranged by a band who draw inspiration from artists varying from Steve Reich to Miles Davis, Martin Hayes to Robert Wyatt, Portishead to Sufjan Stevens.
The Unthanks have fans as disparate as members of Radiohead and Portishead, Nick Hornby, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Adams, Paul Morley, Ben Folds, Rosanne Cash and Dawn French
They have been described as “supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern, as coldly desolate as achingly intimate”. For their Galway show will play music from their new album, as well as from their previous records.
This gig is not just for committed folkies – anyone with a love for heartfelt, well-played and moving music should check them out.
Doors 9pm, tickets €20/€18.
January 31, 2013
Date Published: 30-Jan-2013
Shots at midnight
Further particulars regarding the shooting outrage at Castlelambert have come to light during the week. It appears that the night was remarkably bright, and that the figure of a man could be discerned a long distance off.
A police patrol was ambushed near Caulfield’s house, and saw the attacking party approach, and at the same moment several shots were discharged at the house. The police got ready to fire in an instant, and as the firing party passed out through a gateway near the house, the police discharged several shots.
One of the men was seen to fall, and when the police went in the direction where the man was supposed to have fallen, they discovered a gate post, which had received most of the volleys fired.
Owing to the incident which took place at Craughwell, they did not deem it advisable to press too hard on the retreating foe. Besides, they discovered that in a hill some distance away a number of men were concentrated, probably to cover the retreat, so the patrol had to await reinforcements before moving into the mountain.
The attack was made with great daring, and the party had a hair breadth escape.
Galway felt the full brunt of the second storm within a fortnight which swept the West coast on Friday night. A strong gale accompanied by heavy rain and lightning was the first indication of the ensuing storm, which lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning.
Lashing rain swept the streets clear of pedestrians, and the wind, which at times reached a velocity of nearly a mile a minute, tore advertising slogans from outside business houses. Coupled with this, flying slates and masonry made walking positively dangerous, so that Galway around midnight assumed a ghost-like appearance.
A large tree in Newcastle-road was struck by lightning, and when falling, it hit the overhead electric cables, disconnecting many lights in the district.
Falling slates and masonry caused blackouts in Taylor’s Hill, Salthill and the docks districts. Working under appalling weather conditions, special men from the Electricity Supply Board had all the wires in the affected areas repaired inside half an hour.
The wind-swept Corrib overflowed its banks at many points, and in Mill-street, Galway, flooded the road but did not enter the houses.
A strike began on the Tuam building clearance scheme on Wednesday evening. Carpenters and joiners are not affected. The cause of the dispute is the allegation made by the carters of sand that the contractors, Messrs. Bermingham and Sons, Galway, have not carried out their agreement with the men’s Union to give the drawing of fifty per cent of the sand required in the buildings to the carters, and that the contractors employed lorries which drew more than fifty per cent of the sand. The services of some of the carters were dispensed with recently and the Union appealed to the Town Commissioners to try and have the carters reinstated.
The Commissioners were sympathetic, but their efforts failed and the contractors alleged in a letter to the Board that the carters had actually drawn much more than their share. The contract is for 82 houses under a clearance order made by the Town Commissioners being built at Cloontoo and Galway roads. About forty men are affected by the strike.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.