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Galway get over first obstacle but some work to do



Date Published: 06-Jun-2012

Galway 5-19

Westmeath 4-12


As expected, Galway plundered the win – and they were always in control doing so. Yet, for all that, the Tribesmen will recognise that there were lessons to be heeded from this one. For, as the scoreline suggests, this Leinster senior hurling quarter-final was not as simple as it looked.

To be honest, it should have been. Galway’s attitude for the most part was good but, too many times, they indulged in silly lapses of concentration or just got lazy in the moment. And in those instances, you would have to credit to Westmeath for punishing the visitors by seizing their goal opportunities.

From a Galway viewpoint, though, this was the most worrying consequence of the afternoon. With David Collins missing through injury, the Galway defence were made to look vulnerable at times . . . and lacked authority and confidence in dealing with a number of situations.

To this end, full-back Kevin Hynes struggled with the power and experience of Westmeath’s Brendan Murtagh, the right half-forward deployed to the edge of the square for the second half for one purpose and one purpose only. To cause havoc.

While this tactic worked, if anything, Westmeath were not clinical enough in seeing it through. They continued to look to play around Galway when route one was a far better option and one that was yielding rich dividends when employed. A return of 4-8 in the second half was testimony to that.

Collins’ return should tighten up this sector, while a little tweaking would not go astray. It may be simply moving Niall Donoghue from the corner into the full-back berth and restoring Kevin Hynes to the corner or, preferably, the wing, where he has been so effective in the past and, one suspects, feels a great deal more comfortable.

In any event, the Tribesmen’s next opponents Offaly – who enjoyed a two-point victory over Wexford the previous evening – will look to target and exploit this area in the provincial semi-final but as Galway captain Fergal Moore noted afterwards, it was good to have this frailty exposed in winning a game rather than in losing it.

The only other criticism was that Galway didn’t really sustain any lengthy periods of intensity. Yes, they injected it at various stages of the contest – and their scoreline of 5-19 somewhat reflects that – but, in truth, this quarter-final played out more like a challenge or an exhibition match than a championship clash.

For the most part, in their ‘big’ games in recent years, Galway have been reactive rather than proactive when it comes to the opposition. They have let teams like Kilkenny, in particular, as well as Dublin and Waterford set the pace – whatever pace – and reacted accordingly.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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