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Galway United hit for six for the second time this season



Date Published: {J}

Dundalk United 6

Galway United 1

Galway United were hit for six at the weekend for the second time this season as Dundalk ran riot in Oriel Park to extend United’s losing run to 15 games in all competitions.

It wasn’t United’s heaviest defeat of the season – they lost 6-0 in the Brandywell in May – but that is of no comfort for a side who have now conceded a staggering 54 goals in 20 league matches to sit firmly rooted to the foot of the table, six points behind Drogheda United and with a hugely inferior goal difference of -45, compared to Drogheda’s -25.

Friday’s game was over by half-time as the home side took a three-goal into the break, and bar a sole reply from Gary Kelly in the 57th minute, the second half was just as bad for United who conceded another three goals as their wretched run of form continued with little sign of respite.

Sean Connor’s side host UCD in Terryland Park this coming Friday night, and given the gap between United and Drogheda, and the sides respective goal differences, the feeling is anything but a win against The Students on Friday night will see United consigned to a relegation play-off against the side that finishes third in the First Division at the end of the season.

That is the one safety net for United, the fact that there will not be any automatic relegation at the end of the season. With the Premier Division being expanded to 12 teams for next season, the top two in the First Division will be promoted, with third playing the bottom side in the Premier Division for the 12th spot in the top flight.

Even with 16 games still remaining, United look odds-on to be involved in that play-off unless there is a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes, particularly at home where United have taken just one point from 10 games, and scored just three goals.

As for Friday, United were under pressure from the start but were coping relatively well with an inexperienced side until the concession of two goals just before the break effectively ended the tie.

Greg Bolger fired the home side into the lead in the 20th minute with his first goal for the club, although his strike did take a wicked deflection to beat Greg Fleming in the United goal. Dundalk worked the ball down the left for Mark Quigley to lay the ball off for Bolger, who fired home.

United had started brightly, and had early appeals for a penalty when Mikey Gilmore capitalised on a mix-up between Shane Guthrie and Peter Cherrie to nick possession in the box only to go to ground under a challenge from Cherrie, but referee Paul McLoughlin waved play on.

However most of the action was at the other end, with Ross Gaynor causing United a number of difficulties down the left, but the homer side failed to make their dominance until count until Bolger’s opener in the 20th minute.

For more. read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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