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Last chance saloon for Galway hurlers



Date Published: {J}

Dara Bradley

IT’S like déjà vu all over again. For what must feel like the umpteenth time for the county’s ‘small ball’ followers, the Galway senior hurling squad face another fork in the road this weekend.

Lose and manager John McIntyre and his backroom personnel probably won’t need to be pushed or shown where the exit door is; lose, and many from the panel of players could well be consigned to the inter-county scrap heap of talent that never reached its full potential. That’s the stark consequences of failure for the Galway camp.

Win and, well, who knows . . . it may delay the inevitable . . . we may, in time, come to look back at the first weekend in July as a defining turning point of the Tribesmen’s season . . . but at the very least, win, and then Galway will tackle the next obstacle, face the next fork in the road, with a tad more confidence than they approach this do-or-die clash.

A win could also go some way to restoring pride in the maroon and white jersey after the Tullamore debacle against Dublin two weeks ago. Make no mistake, the stakes are high as Galway face neighbours Clare – confidence soaring after rattling reigning champions Tipperary in their Munster semi-final defeat a fortnight ago – in phase II of the qualifiers at Pearse Stadium on Saturday (7pm).


It is the biggest inter-county hurling championship match to be played at Pearse Stadium since Tipperary visited in 2003 but it is unlikely to be a massive crowd puller despite the reduced ticket prices – the match is televised ‘live’ on RTE, which will affect attendances, and if anything, Clare supporters could be in the majority, as they have more optimism about their chances than the home fans, still shocked from the Tullamore humbling.

McIntyre and selectors John Hardiman, Joe Connolly and John Moylan, have wielded the axe making five changes in personnel to the starting XV that faced Dublin, with captain Damien Joyce one of the casualties. There are several positional switches, too, as every positional line differs from the Dublin match – just seven players that started the last day retain the same place for Saturday.

Along with Joyce, Éanna Ryan and Aonghus Callanan – both hauled ashore in the Leinster semi-final – also lose out, as does midfielder Barry Daly and Cyril Donnellan, although knee and foot injuries respectively may have conspired against the latter duo, who may feature off the bench at some stage.

Castlegar man Donal Barry comes in at right-half back, alongside centre-back Tony Óg Regan and Adrian Cullinane on the other flank, in a balanced looking half-back selection.

The full-back position has a solid shape to it, too. Shane Kavanagh, number five the last day, returns to full-back, a position the Kinvara man made his own and excelled in all through the league and championship campaigns last season.

Liam Mellow’s David Collins, one of the few Galway players that did well in Tullamore, moves from full-back to left corner back, and Turloughmore’s Fergal Moore, who also wasn’t disgraced against Dublin either in his first championship outing for Galway since the 2009 campaign, switches to the right corner, where he will be tasked with marshalling Clare’s Conor McGrath, who bagged 1-6, 1-2 from play, against Tipp.

Portumna’s Andy Smyth is named in place of Daly at midfield, alongside St Thomas’ David Burke. In another surprising move, Ger Farragher, who has recovered from a knee injury, is selected at a perennial problem area for the county at centre-forward in place of Donnellan, although he may move back to centre-field at some stage renewing his partnership with Burke.

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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