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Galway League turn the screw in second-half



Date Published: 15-Nov-2012

Galway League 4

Roscommon League 2

Mike Rafferty

AFTER a low key first-half, the Galway League finally got their act together when a blast of second half goals was enough to see off Roscommon in the Oscar Traynor Cup at Deacy Park on Saturday night.

It was a first game for each side in the campaign and for 45 minutes, it looked like neither team wanted to score as a poor quality contest was providing little excitement. However, some harsh words from manager Tommy Lally in the Galway dressing room at the interval saw the home side restart with a new sense of urgency and a quick early brace was a reward for their new intensity.

The opening half was a game of contrasts as the visitors with a five man midfield probably used the ball better and created a little more space for themselves as Darragh Concannon, Darren Clabby and Danny Browne impressed.

At every opportunity, they tried to bring in wide men, Greg Grogan and Aidan Dooney, but while they got little latitude from John Egan and David McDonagh, they seemed to have more of a pattern and method about them.

If the home side struggled to put passes together in an opening half in which nothing was created at either end, the resumption was a different story as Eric Browne got his head to a Ger Cheevers corner on 51 minutes to put Galway ahead.

They doubled their lead just four minutes later when Barry Moran got the better of Aidan Fallon with a shot from outside the box for a 2-0 advantage.

Roscommon responded in remarkable fashion and after a double substitution, it was James Connaughton who pulled one back when he slid a Greg Grogan delivery past the advancing Daragh Geraghty. The Ballymoe player was also involved in the equaliser, when he set up Ger Fagan in the box and from close range, he levelled matters.


The response of the home side was impressive and with a minute Keith Ward put the them 3-2 ahead with a shot from outside the box and they sealed the victory moments later when Tommy Walsh fired home a rebound, after his initial shot was pushed away by Fallon.

Galway: Geraghty, Egan, McDonagh, McHugh (Inj. Lee 72mins), Browne, Cheevers, Lee (Walsh 59mins), Ward, Forde (Holland 63mins), Cunningham, Moran.


Penalties proved to be the downfall of Kiltullagh as they exited the FAI Junior Cup when going down by 3-2 in a shoot out against Knocknacarra at Cappagh Park on Sunday morning.

After sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw, they could only hit the target on two occasions from five efforts as just as just Adrian Miskella and Shane Caufield scored, while Johnny Creaven (wide), Sean O’Donovan (crossbar) and Pat O’Donovan (saved) will have to practice their penalty taking a little more.

Meanwhile, Danny Marnell, Radis Rimica and Iarlaith Duignan were all on the mark for Knocknacarra, with just Taisce Gillespie failing to get the better of Mike O’Donovan, who made a smart save.

Generally, the home side were the more creative throughout, but a Darren Jordan shot that tested the woodwork was the closest they went to a reward in the opening half.

On the resumption, Marnell should have done better when through with just O’Donovan to beat and then against the run of play, Kiltullagh made the breakthrough.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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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