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Galway club claims three national kickboxing titles



Date Published: 27-Sep-2012

The Galway Black Dragon Club claimed three national titles in the Black Box on Saturday night at the First Of Fury Kickboxing & K1 promotion, which saw 11 bouts in total take place.

The Galway club claimed the IKF Ladies All-Ireland Light Welterweight Crown, the men’s the IKF All-Ireland Welterweight title, and the IKF All-Ireland Light Heavyweight title, but there was disappointment in the main event, an International K-1 Superfight, which saw Galway’s Bryan Merrigan stopped in the first round by his French opponent.

Michael Gerard caught Merrigan with a vicious right hook to the jaw in round one and the referee called the fight off, and after the fight, the IKF Ireland recommended a 45-day suspension for Merrigan until November 4.

However, as well as the three titles heading West, the Galway Black Dragon Club could also lay some claim to a fourth title, as former club member Amy Wilson, who now fights out of the Black Dragon’s sister club in Donegal, claimed the IKF Ladies All-Ireland AM FCR Light Welterweight title with a 2-1 judges’ decision over Gillian Duffy from Dublin.

Shane Creaven from the Galway Black Dragon Club took on Keith Shelly, also of Global Kickboxing Gym. It was their second time to meet and Creaven made it two wins from two after a hard fought battle over five rounds to lift the vacant IKF All Ireland Light Heavyweight Title.

Paul Huish took on reigning IKF All Ireland Welterweight Champion, Evan Walker from Dublin, and Huish gave a master class of text-book kickboxing to claim the title. Although Walker boxed really well, Huish landed kick after kick to his lead leg as well as several high kicks to the head.

The fight went the championship distance, with Huish taking a unanimous decision.

Charlie Ward took on Dublin’s Eric Nolan for the recently vacated IKF All Ireland Super Welterweight crown, and he claimed the title by knockout with a devastating right hook.

This was always going to be a cracker of a fight as both young men have been very busy on the International circuit lately with having Nolan been over and back to the UK for some big fights and Ward having won a silver medal at the IKF World Championships in Florida in July.

Right from the bell to sound the opening round, both fighters went at it hammer and tongs and it was action all the way until round four when Ward landed a mighty uppercut which had the Nolan out on his feet, but then he landed a picture perfect right hook to seal the deal by knockout.

In non-title fights, David Rusinak from Tullamore defeated Galway’s Jonathan Curran on points; and David Kapinga made it a Tullamore double when defeating Galway’s Gerry King on points. IN a women’s double, Galway’s Leona Trautt defeated Cork’s Orla O’Brien on points and Galway’s Natalie Molloy defeated Ciara Leavy of Tullamore on points.

Galway’s James Ward defeated Connor Broderick from Thurles by TKO; while in the other fight on the night, Galway’s Stephen Murphy drew with Limerick’s Paddy McDonagh.

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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