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Galway owners banking on Cheltenham success



Date Published: 10-Mar-2010

You won’t be able to get a pint for love nor money in the Park House Hotel come 3.20pm next Tuesday as all the staff – and customers and guests – will be glued to Cheltenham coverage on TV where proprietor Kitty Carr’s horse Go Native runs in the prestigious Champion Hurdle.


But it’s odds-on the champagne corks will be popping and the Moet flowing a few minutes later at the Forster Street venue if the Noel Meade trained six-year-old gelding can make it passed the post first – if he wins, Kitty and the five others in the Galway Docado Syndicate are in line for a £1 million sterling bonus payout.


Having already pulled-off a shock 25/1 win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle in Newcastle in November and the Christmas Hurdle on St Stephen’s Day at Kempton, victory for Go Native next week will secure the Hurdling Triple Crown and more than treble his career earnings to date.


And he’ll no doubt swell the coffers of Park House staff and customers as well, who by now have claimed part ownership of the horse.


“All the staff will be excited on the day and they’ll all be watching the race. The public, customers and staff have been fantastic. We’re just getting great support. The staff have done very well out of him so far. I think he’s won about eight races and a lot of them were when he was 20/1 or 22/1, so they’ve done very well,” she says.


Race goers are renowned for their superstitious rituals and when Kitty strolls into the parade ring in Cheltenham just after 3pm next Tuesday, she’ll be decked out in the same stylish outfit she has worn on previous occasions Go Native romped home.


“I’m very superstitious so I’m wearing the same black and white outfit I wore when he won in Kempton. I wore it last year when he won on the first race on the first day of the Cheltenham festival and I kept it. Then I wore it again a few other times he won and when I wore it when he won in Kempton everyone was saying ‘you can’t change now’ so I’ll have to wear it again for luck!”


Kitty, the other members of the syndicate – her partner Éamon Doyle, sister Maura and her husband Sylvie and their son and daughter Tom and Ann Marie – family, friends and customers of the hotel are all travelling over to Cheltenham on Monday. They are staying in the Castle Hotel and plan to stay until Thursday or Friday “if all goes well”.


If Go Native wins the bonus, trainer Meade will collect £150,000, the horse’s groom Alan McIlroy will get £100,000 (he has already earmarked buying a Manchester United season ticket for himself and his son Jack with the winnings) with £50,000 shared among the other stable staff and £700,000 to the syndicate. “It is a lot of money and we’ll probably put it in the kitty – not me kitty but the Kitty,” she laughs.


See full story and Cheltenham preview in this week’s 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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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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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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