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Galway U-21s fired up for big match venue



Date Published: {J}

Dara Bradley

THERE’S a prevailing feeling among hurling pundits and followers that no matter where the All-Ireland U21 final is played, Tipperary will win it. Fly Galway and Tipp to the moon, and the result will be the same. Bring them to the Bog of Allen in the teaming rain and still Tipp will win. So goes the conventional wisdom.

Leaving aside the outrageous fact that they have been handed home advantage and will be playing in Semple Stadium, a ground they know and love and train in every week, the odds are stacked in favour of a Tipperary win.

Firstly, Tipperary are the champions of Munster, a province that has produced more U21 title winners than any other. Secondly, they defeated the reigning champions, Clare, en-route to the final. Thirdly, they have the benefit of having played three matches together (wins over Cork, Clare and Antrim) in the competition so far this year, whereas Galway has had just one competitive fixture under their belts, a win over Leinster champions Dublin.

All these ingredients point to a Tipperary victory and that’s even before we factor in the home advantage or start to mention their star-studded starting 15. And what a line-up Tipperary boasts. It’s hard to comprehend it but every sector of the senior Tipperary team, which ferociously ripped apart Kilkenny’s unprecedented ‘drive for five’ with an awesome display of hurling at Croke Park last Sunday, contained an U21 player who will face Galway this Saturday.

Corner-back Michael Cahill cleaned Eddie Brennan out of it, holding the Graigue Ballycallan man, who was eventually substituted, scoreless. Pádraic Maher, who lined-out at wing back but moved to centre-back in the second-half was immense, and would have won the man-of-the-match award had Lar Corbett not scored a hat-trick. At midfield, Brendan Maher was Tipperary’s most influential player in the first-half and even landed two points.

Half-forward Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher failed to get his name on the score sheet but worked and battled hard against the likes of John Tennyson, Tommy Walsh and J.J. Delaney. And corner-forward Noel McGrath scored one of Tipp’s four goals.

Substitutes Michael Heffernan and Brian O’Meara were not used by manager Liam Sheedy but Séamus Hennessy did chip in with a point when introduced late-on.

So, eight of Tipperary’s U21 team come into the clash with All-Ireland senior medals in their back pockets – and no doubt the bulk of the 30,000 or more Tipperary fans who turned up at Semple Stadium on Monday to greet the victorious team back to the ‘home of hurling’, will be out in force again on Saturday, creating a carnival atmosphere that would intimidate the most focused of teams. If ever there was a David and Goliath clash, this is it.

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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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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