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Injury blows for Corofin



Date Published: 05-Nov-2009

NOT even the absence of two key players, Kieran Fitzgerald and Alan O’Donovan, should prevent back-to-back county senior football champions Corofin from making it through to another provincial decider when they take on Leitrim title-holders Glencar-Manorhamilton in the Connacht semi-final at Tuam Stadium on Sunday (2pm).

Full-back Fitzgerald aggravated an old hamstring injury in a recent League defeat to Tuam Stars, while O’Donovan has yet to recover from the ankle injury which forced him out of the drawn county final against Mountbellew-Moylough on October 11.

Fitzgerald, who marshalled their defence superbly as the champions came from behind against Mountbellew in the replay, is definitely out of Sunday’s clash while O’Donovan might just be capable of coming off the bench for ten or 15 minutes, if needed.

That said, the strongest team in Galway club football should be more than capable of overcoming the Leitrim champions, given that they can still boast the talents of inter-county players like Alan Burke, Gary Sice, and Damien Burke.

There is a quiet determination within Gerry Keane’s side to go as far as possible this year.

They only lost out on a place at Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the concession of some late scores to eventual champions Kilmacud Crokes in the All-Ireland semi-final at Mullingar back in February.

Corofin, already missing county star Michael Comer to a long-term cruciate problem, staged a remarkable comeback against the wind after losing Fitzgerald to an arm injury early in the second half, only for the Crokes to kill them off in a grandstand finish.

With so many of their players involved with county teams, it was inevitable that fatigue would set in and Corofin certainly rode their luck in the early stages of the county championship. After losing their first round tie to Micheal Breathnach (1-13 to 0-10), they used their ‘get out of jail’ card in the qualifiers, before beginning another relentless march towards the county title.

Fitzgerald’s towering presence at full-back made a huge difference in both games against Mountbellew, but there is hardly a club in the province with the all-round strength of the current Corofin panel, even if they have been troubled by injuries in 2009.

Even the venue should suit the North Galway men this weekend, as they have now played four championship games in a row at Tuam Stadium. It was there that they overcame Killererin (0-11 to 0- 8) in the quarter-final, Salthill-Knocknacarra in the semi-final (2-10 to 0-10) and, eventually, Mountbellew on their way to their 13th county title.

Keane revealed this week that the champions were missing seven of their starting 15 for the recent League defeat to Tuam Stars, but most have recovered from the ’flu bug which gripped the panel a fortnight ago, while the likes of young Ronan Steede is now fully focused on senior matters after losing the county minor final to St. James’ last weekend.

For more see page 55 of this week’s Connacht 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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CanadaÕs Kaeshammer makes welcome return



Date Published: 21-Mar-2013

After two sell-out shows at last year’s Galway Arts Festival , jazz pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer returns to the Róisín Dubh on Thursday, April 14.

Michael’s latest album, Kaeshammer, which was recorded at Toronto’s Drive Shed and Keen Studios in 2010 and produced by Ron Lopata (Jacksoul, Ron Sexsmith), i s a gem, a set of original songs as playful as they are contagious. It blends ingredients from Kaeshammer’s store of jazz, soul, pop and R&B influences.

The German born Canadian initially studied classical piano for seven years in his homeland Germany, before discovering boogie-woogie and stride piano at the age of 13.

He moved to Canada in 1995 and is is now renowned for playing a brand of pop tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to jazz legends like Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons.

But while Kaeshammer’s fiery style incorporates elements of his early influences – the New Orleans sound of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker – on tracks like Kisses In Zanzibar and the high-energy, boogie fuelled romp, Rendezvous – he also takes his cue from one of his own all-time favourite records, Robert Palmer’s Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, recorded in New Orleans.

Tickets for his show on April 14 are €18/€16, doors 8pm.

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Mervue United pay the price for not taking chances in cup clash



Date Published: 25-Mar-2013

Edenderry Town 4

Mervue United 2

EARLY indications were that this was going to see a comfortable FAI Youth Cup success for Mervue Utd on Saturday as the visitors controlled matters, but poor finishing undermined some good approach play.

Mervue’s wastefulness continued and the home team struck against the run of play when Cian McMonigle fired Edenderry ahead on 34 minutes.

Mervue responded when Ryan Manning got on the end of an Aaron McDonagh delivery to power home a header and tie up matters.

Eoin Walsh then came close to putting Mervue ahead when he got on the end of a Manning lay off, but Edenderry goalkeeper Cain Brereton pulled off a magnificent save to keep the sides level.

The resumption started well as Mervue controlled matters in a confident manner and were rewarded when Manning set up Walsh to finish from close range for a 2-1 lead.

However the concession of a soft penalty on 51 minutes was to be the start of a rapid collapse. Edenderry equalised from the spot kick and worse was to follow for Mervue when a poor defensive clearance resulted in McMonigle completing his hat trick.

Chasing the game, Mervue left themselves open to the Edenderry counter attacks and the game was really up when Rory McNamee added a fourth on 61 minutes to set up a home semi final against Cork side Castleview.


East United 0

Mervue United 1

When Aidan Naughton got on the end of a splendid Denis Lydon cross with just two minutes left, his volley from ten yards looked goal bound until it struck the back of team-mate Tony Kelly to deflect was seemed a certain equaliser out for a goal kick.

It was such a moment that could have clinched a league title for the visitors as the Premier Division leaders hung on to an early lead goal from Stephen Cunningham.

That breakthrough came after just two minutes when right full Eric Browne fed the striker and after side stepping a defender, Cunningham fired past Anthony Ryan for an early winner.

In a hard fought derby clash at Castle Park, East gave as good as they got against Mervue. Mark Griffin found the side netting, while Christian Ryan was a constant threat throughout.

The introduction of Paul Sinnott in the second half added a touch of class to the visitors’ challenge and some silky footwork culminated in the midfielder bring a smart save from Ryan. Derek McWalter also tested the custodian, before Tommy Walsh and Cunningham failed to add to their tally in late rallies.

East were not without their moments as Luke Deacy fired wide, while left full Peter Hession dragged a close range shot wide of the far post.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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