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Hanley’s red card seals fate of Mervue

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Date Published: 03-Aug-2010

THE dismissal of goalkeeper Ger Hanley just past the half hour mark ended any hope of Mervue United taking anything from their trip to face high-flying Monaghan United in Gortakeegan on Friday night.

Hanley was shown a straight red card by referee Conor Fitzgerald in the 32nd minute after the Irish international underage ‘keeper brought down Philly Hughes inside the box as the striker bore down on goal.

Karl Bermingham converted the resulting spot kick to send the home side on the road to victory, and while Mick Cooke’s side improved their goal difference by four by the end of the game, the margin of victory could have been much greater were it not for the heroics of stand-in ’keeper, Tommy Walsh.

Walsh produced at least half a dozen cracking save in his hour between the posts, and while you might not find too many of them featured in a goalkeepers’ manual, they were effective, and in truth he could do little about the four goals that he did concede.

The home side were shading matters when Hanley was shown the straight red card, and it was no surprise when they took the lead, Walsh being deceived by Bermingham who blasted his penalty straight down the middle to open the scoring.

The home side upped the tempo in the second half, and eventually doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when McCrossan stabbed the ball home from close range after Alan Byrne’s initial effort was blocked on the line.

The midfielder grabbed his second of the game nine minutes later when good work by Hughes picked him out in the box from out wide, and McCrossan blasted the ball past Walsh with a first-time volley.

Mervue had gone close to a consolation goal minutes earlier, but Simon Walsh hit the post with a header in the visitors’ only real attack of note.

For the complete match report see page 20 of this week’s Sentinel

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

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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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