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It’s Salthill on the double



Date Published: {J}

 THERE was success on the double for Salthill/Knocknacarra on Saturday as the football club’s junior A and B teams both prevailed in a double-header of county championship finals at Tuam Stadium.

There was heartache, however, for another city club St James’ who relinquished their minor A crown when losing by just a point to Corofin in a lack lustre county final at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Salthill/Knocknacarra will ply their trade in the intermediate grade next season after their junior A outfit beat Ballinasloe on a score line of 0-14 to 1-6 to secure the Irish Purity Challenge Cup.

Despite having just 14 men for around 50 minutes of the match after full-forward Gearóid Armstrong was red-carded for an off-the-ball incident early on, the West Board champions responded well and were heading to the break with a commanding 0-7 to 0-2 lead thanks in the main to five frees from club All-Ireland winner Maurice Sheridan.

Ballinasloe’s Billy Goode grabbed a goal just before halftime to give the East Galway club some hope in the second half but, despite their numerical disadvantage, it was Salthill/Knocknacarra who edged the second-half with points from county hurling star Aonghus Callanan, Noel Tyrell, Sheridan and substitute Enda Dunne.

Salthill/Knocknacarra earned promotion but because they already have a senior club, it is Ballinasloe who advance through to play the Mayo champions in the Connacht series at this grade.

Salthill/Knocknacarra will be represented at junior A again next year after Tadhg Begley’s junior B outfit secured the first half of the double for the seasiders when they pulled through with two points to spare in a far more evenly contested county final against Tuam Stars.

The winners took a 0-7 to 0- 4 lead at half-time with the scores coming from the boots of Colin McCaul, Gearóid Ó Leighinn, Anthony Donnellan and Mark Sheehan, who scored from play as well as two long range efforts from a free and sideline.

That lead was stretched to five through white flags from O Leighinn and Eoin Burke but Tuam Stars hit back, and narrowed the gap to 0-9 to 0-7.

Cian Fadden stretched the lead to three but Tuam’s Michael Gormally set-up a tense final few minutes when he levelled the match with a well taken goal.

The decisive score came from substitute Johnny Martin was the man on the end of a lightening Salthill/Knocknacarra movement that restored their three-point cushion and despite Tuam’s determination, the city club held on for victory to secure the PJ Kelly Memorial Cup.

There was heartache for the Renmore/Mervue club St James’ on Sunday at Pearse Stadium as the heroics of county minor panellist and midfielder Aaron Connolly wasn’t enough h to secure victory.

For full reports see this week’s Sentinel

Sheridan points the way … Page 31

Martin goal helps Salthill to glory … Page 30

Connolly’s heroics fail … Page 29


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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