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Galway Youths turn the screw in putting Mayo boys to sword

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-Jan-2013

Galway League 6

Mayo League 1

Mike Rafferty

SETTING a standard that will be hard to match in the future, the home side comfortably saw off their fellow group contenders in impressive fashion at Deacy Park on Friday night and, in the process, qualified for the quarter-final of the FAI Youth Inter League.

This was a game that could have produced a dozen goals or more, as loads of opportunities were created at both ends and despite the score line, Mayo were by no means a five goal inferior side.

Galway led by 1-0 at the break after Padraig Cunningham headed home a Dillon Murphy cross on 36 minutes. Richard Fahy also struck a post with a cracking effort from the edge of the box, while visiting goalkeeper Colm Reape made a series of saves that kept the contest alive.

That said, Mayo too had their opportunities as James Healy made a smart save to keep out a close range effort by Ray Nugent, while on 28 minutes, Liam Flatley fired wide when through with just the custodian to beat.

The foundation for the impressive Galway display came from central midfield where an athletic Richard Fahy was imperious, as the box to box player displayed a high level of skill and ability. Alongside him, Shane Connaughton was equally impressive with his neat and tidy passing a feature.

Out wide, Arron McDonagh and Dillon Murphy provided a plentiful supply to a front two of Ryan Manning and Padraig Cunningham and they certainly displayed their eye for a goal with their finishing.

Now if Galway struggled to get the better of Reape in the opening half, it didn’t take them long to make an impression on the resumption. On 46 minutes, Manning collected a Connaughton pass before making it 2-0 with a cracking drive from outside the area, but the striker was denied a second on 72 minutes when Reape dived to his right to keep out his penalty, after Cunningham was upended in the box.

However from the resulting corner, central defender Colin Brady headed the Shane Hulgraine set piece to the net from close range for a 3-0 advantage. After the visitors had spurned a few chances, Flately was reward for his impressive display as he pulled one back with a close range shot past Healy.

Despite the setback, the home side never looked like being overhauled and continuing to dictate matters, they added three late goals. A powerful Fahy run from the edge of his own area saw him set up Manning at the other end and the striker slotted home for a 4-1 advantage. Hulgraine then headed home a Fahy set piece, before Manning completed his hat trick when he cracked home a twenty five yard effort in additional time.

Galway League: J Healy, Neary, Fadden, P Healy, Brady, Fahy, Murphy (Hulgraine 67mins), Connaughton, Cunningham (Gleeson 74mins), Manning, McDonagh (Carroll 81mins).

Mayo League: Reape, O’Boyle, Howley, Ivers, Walsh (inj-Byrne 80mins), Moran, Dunne (Maloney 37mins), Murray, Jennings, Flatley, Nugent (Darcy 85mins).

Referee: PJ Norman.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Two early strikes laid the foundation for Mervue United as they saw off the Corrib Rangers challenge by 3-1 at Fahy’s Field on Saturday and, in the process, moved three points clear at the top of the Brod Trill Premier League.

Stephen Larkin cracked home the opener off the underside of the crossbar on just seven minutes and a neat finish by Dean McDonagh had them two up after 22.

Rangers made matters more competitive when a close range Ger Bane finish pulled one back before the break and while they enjoy a good restart, they failed to threaten a home side who were the more impressive performers on the day.

Adam Lee drilled home a low effort from the edge of the area on 72 minutes to kill off the contest and while the visitors never gave up, they seldom got a sight of O’Donoghue’s goal as the home defence reigned supreme.

With Gabriel Glavin getting his squad back towards full strength, competition for places is intense and the introduction of Alan O’Donovan at the interval on Sunday last had a major bearing as Athenry defeated OLBC by 5-1.

The Corofin native provided the assists for all four second half goals, as the home side overtook their rivals to move to third spot in the table.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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