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Injuries mount for hurlers ahead of trip to Cork



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REIGNING National League champions Galway will put their unbeaten record on the line when they travel to face Cork in a live televised third round clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday (2:30pm).


Although hit by a spate of injuries over the early months of the year, Galway can still be satisfied with their opening victories against Wexford and Offaly. But given just how disappointing both Leinster counties were in those games, this clash against Cork represents a big step up in class.

“No question about that,” agrees Galway manager John McIntyre. “Cork showed a lot of bottle in the game against Kilkenny in their last league outing. They fought back well after finding themselves in a difficult position at half-time and they were unlucky not to get a draw out of it.

“I also feel that after Galway putting them out of the championship in 2009, and after beating them in last year’s league final, we can expect a very determined Cork challenge on Sunday. So, yeah, this is our first real test of the league, but our players are performing well, confidence is high and the spirit is good in the camp. Regardless of the opposition, to put up a total score of 2-48 in our opening two matches is fairl going by any standards. You can’t beat winning; it’s great for self belief.”

Heading into this one, Galway have injuries worries in Tony Óg Regan (groin), Eanna Ryan (tonsillitis), and Cyril Donnellan (hamstring), while Gerard O’Halloran (Craughwell), Niall Donoghue (Kilbeacanty), David Burke (St. Thomas’) and Johnny Coen (Loughrea) all have U-21 club championship ties on Saturday. Futhermore, Niall Healy could be out for a month with a pulled hamstring.

“Obviously, it is not ideal to have three or four players involved in two games within 24 hours – there is also arisk of injury, never mind the fatigue,” says McIntyre. “However, we understand where the Hurling Board are coming from in the context of streamlining the U-21 championship.

“We all know the vast amount of fixtures the Board has to deal with, so something has to give along the way. It does pose difficulties for us, but nobody is going to start crying about it. We just have to accept the Board has a job to do when it comes to making fixtures and we have to get on with it.”

Of course, given the substantial injury list – which comprises of Portumna pair Damien Hayes and Joe Canning and Sarsfields duo Kevin Hynes and Joseph Cooney – Galway cannot afford any further injuries at present.

“Some people have said that our injuries will eventually catch up with us, but we will just have to wait and see,” says the Galway boss. “Joe Canning is out for a few more weeks, but we have not ruled him out of the league completely. He has a foot injury which is going to take time and we are prepared to give him that time to recover.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



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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