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Heary doubtful for United’s tie with Bohs



Date Published: 08-Jun-2010

HAVING made a piece of Galway United history in the FAI Cup on Friday night, Barry Ryan and co will be hoping to repeat history tonight when they take return to league action tonight and host reigning league champions Bohemians in Terryland Park (kickoff 7.45pm).

The five goals without reply on Friday night was United’s biggest ever win in the FAI Cup, but the focus returns to the bread and butter of the league tonight, and Sean Connor’s side will be aiming to do something a United side has only achieved once before –beat Bohs twice in a season in the league.

The last time United recorded a double over the Gypsies was in the 1993/94 season, a 3-1 home win in January 1994 followed by a 1-0 win in Dalymount Park two months later, and having already recorded a stunning 3-2 win in Dublin back in April, United will be hoping on the confidence gained from Friday night’s stroll against Malahide and heap more misery on the Dalymount Park club.

Tonight’s game pits together the two biggest winners from the weekend, and while United were impressive against poor opposition on Friday night, Bohs were even more clinical against another non-league side, Glenview FC, thumping the west Dublin club 7-1 on Sunday.

United have a couple of injury worries for tonight: Thomas Heary is likely to miss out after limping off on Friday, Bobby Ryan continues to struggle with a back injury, while Stephen O’Donnell and Seamus Conneely will both have late fitness tests.

United manager Sean Connor says the fact his side will have had a longer rest than Bohs after the Cup weekend means nothing, pointing out the strength in depth of Pat Fenlon’s side. “The fact they only played on Sunday won’t make a difference, I’d like his (Fenlon’s) squad and have that problem, he can make four or five changes and not affect the quality of his side. It will be very difficult, but we will be determined, if we can win our next two league games, we’ll finish the quarter with more points that the first quarter, and that is our target, every quarter to finish with more points, and if we do that we’ll finish in the top half of the table,”

Connor said.

Salthill Devon are also in league action tonight, making the long trip to the South East to take on Waterford United in the RSC (kick-off 7.45pm). Mervue United’s game with Cork City FORAS Co-op yesterday was called off as Cork’s FAI Cup replay with Bluebell United gets preference tonight.


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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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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