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Killimordaly set to shade the verdict in fascinating final



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KILLIMORDALY and Moycullen – one of the more interesting and novel intermediate final pairings for some time – will meet in what promises to be a well-attended county championship decider at Kenny Park, Athenry on Sunday (2pm).

In many respects, Moycullen, contesting their first intermediate final since 1964, have been a breath of fresh air to local hurling this year, scalping pre-championship favourites Killimor and Cappataggle in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

“There is a lot of excitement, with a lot of flags and banners up around the village. It is great to see,” beams Moycullen boss Fergal Clancy, who agrees that with Micheal Breathnach to contest the Junior ‘B’ decider next week – a title Barna/Furbo claimed in 2010 – hurling in West Galway is on the rise. “And you even had Rahoon/Newcastle winning the [County Intermediate] League a couple of weeks ago. So, it is great for hurling this side of the county.”

While many pundits, since their defeat of Cappy in particular, have been waxing lyrically about Moycullen’s rise, Clancy says that victory came as no surprise to him or his players. “To be honest, we had played Cappataggle in a challenge game a couple of weeks previously and we had learned a lot, even though we had not a very strong team out on the evening and we made a lot of simple mistakes.

“They [Cappy] were going fairly well at the time, but we knew when we had our full team out it would be a completely different story. So, we had nothing to fear. Also, a lot of people, outside ourselves of course, had under-written us so, really, we had nothing to lose.”

In the end, Moycullen claimed the spoils on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-11, with Phillip Lydon netting the vital goal to catapult the Gaeltacht outfit into the intermediate final – and within touching distance of senior hurling for the first time since they were relegated from the upper echelons in 1979.

“At the start of the year, we set out to go senior and we believed – and still believe – that we can. So, there has already been an expectation on our team from ‘Day 1’ and we don’t feel that pressure is any different on us going into the final,” says Clancy.

“Killimordaly, though, have been up and down from senior in recent years, so I would say there is probably more pressure on them going into the final. Of course, a lot of people have said that we have done well [to get this far], but as a group ourselves – as a team – we are going all out to win on Sunday.”

No doubt, they have the capability, underlined by a campaign that has only been blemished by that opening day 2-11 to 1-12 defeat to Mullagh. To the fore to date has been centre-back Mark Lydon, wing-back Tomas Higgins and midfielder Eanna Noone, who has been clinical, especially from placed balls, in the knockout stages. In attack, Vinnie Faherty, Niall Mannion, Conor Bohan, Phillip Lydon and Christopher Hurney have all shown an eye for the target.

In this respect, Killimordaly have also been impressive and, indeed, they do boast a better scoring average than Sunday’s opponents, tallying 1-15 or 2-12 a game to Moycullen’s 1-13. By the same token, they have also been conceding more on average – 1-12 to Moycullen’s 1-9. Killimordaly manager Tom Monaghan admits he is wary.

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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