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Galway U21s make short work of Sligo in mis-match

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Galway 2-20

Sligo 0-7

Cian O’Connell

IN these deeply distressing times, crumbs of comfort for Galway football were located at Markievicz Park on Saturday afternoon as a promising under 21 outfit cruised to a Connacht semi-final success that was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

While Sligo were utterly disappointing in the opening period, Galway performed in a clinical manner confirming that team manager Alan Mulholland has constructed a capable panel. Leading by a whopping 1-14 to 0-1 at the interval, the second half was always going to turn into a damage limitation exercise for Sligo.

That didn’t bother Galway in the slightest, though, because they went to the north west aware that a win and a dollop of good news was required. From the first whistle, it was apparent that Mulholland had Galway primed and ready for a battle.

Mulholland offered a measured post match verdict stressing that this bunch of Galway players mustn’t be burdened with too much responsibility. "It was something we tried to avoid: putting extra pressure on ourselves. We have to win this for the under 21s, we don’t have to do it to save Galway football or anything. We have to do it for ourselves. We could do with a boost, I agree with that, and we hope that there is a bit of talent coming through.”

The scores flowed with remarkable frequency initially as Galway commenced with admirable desire rifling over a half dozen points inside nine minutes. At centrefield Thomas Flynn and Fiontán O’Curraoin were as dynamic as they were dominant, and Sligo were ailing.

Galway’s forwards were buzzing too, Michael Boyle, after an impressive campaign with Killererin, was showcasing his direct, hard running style, while centre forward Mark Hehir was sharp from both play and frees. Boyle struck three, Hehir two, and Danny Cummins also pointed during Galway’s purposeful start.

Sligo’s only score of the first half arrived in the 12th minute when Padraig Clarke kicked a point on a rare foray into Galway territory, but it was only a brief interruption. The Galway defence, anchored superbly by Colin Forde and Johnny Duane, weren’t threatened in the remainder of the opening half which still had nearly 20 minutes left to run.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013

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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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