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Galway League advance after thriller



Date Published: 19-Jan-2010

SIMON Walsh scored twice in the second half as the Galway League secured a passage to the knockout stages of the Oscar Traynor Cup at Milebush on Sunday last. It was a win at all costs scenario for the visitors as the home side required just a draw to advance from the group.

To the credit of Kevin Cassidy’s charges they took the game to the home side at every opportunity but despite taking the lead on three occasions, Mayo levelled matters each time and as the clock entered the final minute it looked like the home side had done enough to get the point that would see them advance.

However on 89 minutes the contest was settled when Walsh timed his run into the box to perfection to powerfully head a Cathal Fahy delivery past Emmett Peyton. The goal brought a certain amount of controversy as the linesman had put his flag up before the goal was scored. However after a discussion with the referee it was agreed between the officials that the offside players were “not active” and the goal was correctly allowed to stand.

Galway started with a great deal of urgency and got an early reward when Keith Ward availed of a ball that broke off a covering defender and he made it 1-0 with a close range finish on seven minutes.

The visitors continued to hold the upper hand and Ward almost added a second soon after, but shot over from close range, while Barry Moran got caught at a tight angle after rounding Peyton and the chance was lost. Almost against the run of play Mayo tied up matters on 38 minutes when Michael Duffy drilled home after being picked out by a Tom O’Connor cross.

However Galway struck for a vital second just before the break. Walsh was the provider with a ball behind the cover and the pace of Moran saw him gain possession ahead of Peyton and after rounding the goalkeeper, he tapped into an empty net for a 2-1 interval advantage.

While it was the visitors who were the more impressive side in the opening half, Mayo responded very well on the resumption.

They dominated the early action and Dara Geraghty had to be sharp to deny Joe Lawless and Dessie O’Malley in quick succession, but there was nothing he could do as the home side made it 2-2 on 51 minutes. O’Malley provided the cross and Brendan Nallen applied the finish to level matters.

Damien Coleman was just off target with a shot shortly afterwards for the home side, but Mayo seldom looked like getting any further reward as the game progressed, and the game turned in the visitors favour once more on 73 minutes.

A free kick into the box saw Walsh get possession and drill in a shot that caught a deflection and sent it beyond the reach of Peyton for a 3-2 lead.

However within three minutes parity was restored once more when Duffy got on the end of an O’Connor cross and he direct another equaliser past Geraghty to make it 3-3.

Ollie Keogh, Cathal Fahy and Keith Ward all went close to snatching it for the visitors in the latter stages and as the game entered the final minute Mayo looked like they had done enough to advance, but Walsh’s late header sealed their fate and it is Galway who can look forward to the knockout stages.


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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