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Four Galway sides into quarter-finals of Connacht Junior Cup

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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The Galway League will have at least four teams – with the possible addition of a fifth – in the last eight of the Connacht Junior Cup as a result of the six games that were played over the weekend.

Salthill Devon set up a home quarter final against Athenry following a penalty shootout success over Oughterard, but at least they saw some action as Gabriel Glavin’s charges received a walkover from Manor Rangers, and were not happy with this outcome at such a competitive time of the season.

Mervue United had to overcome a difficult start before eventually winning away to Iorras Aonthiathe and they will travel to face the winners of either NUI Galway or Dysart in the last eight.

Third Division Moyne Villa sprung a huge surprise when despatching Premier Oranmore and they will now travel to meet former winners Ballinasloe Town.

There was no joy for Corrib Celtic as they went down away to Westport United and the Mayo side will travel to play neighbours Straide & Foxford in the remaining quarter final.

Salthill Devon 1

Oughterard 1

(Aet-Devon won 5-4 on pens)

Last week Enda Cullen notched a sublime winner as Devon came from to defeat Oranmore in the Premier League, and while he didn’t find the range on this occasion, his 50 yard burst from half way to byline to set up the equaliser was the telling point of a close contest in Drom on Sunday morning.

With a slight wind advantage it was Oughterard who were the better side in the opening half and home custodian Martin Mannion was kept routinely busy with a series of saves to deny Martin Coady (twice) and Ronan Molloy.

The home side too had their moments and Rob O’Donnell was denied by a smart save by Jordan Waller, while the custodian also did well to get down to keep out a Noel Tyrell shot.

However the defining moment of the opening half came on 39 minutes when Oughterard left full Ronan Molloy stepped inside the challenge of Ronan Larkin and then from over 30 yards lashed home a stunning effort beyond Mannion for a 1-0 lead.

Not even a minute had elapsed when Salthill Devon levelled matters just after the restart. Cullen made the thrust to the end line and his cross set up a simple far post tap in for Tommy Bradshaw to make it 1-1.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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