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Late McCormack goal wraps it up for Loughrea



Date Published: 05-Nov-2009

LOUGHREA’S hopes of a hat-trick of county hurling titles this season is still on track after this five point victory over Sarsfields last Saturday clinched the Junior A championship at Ballinderreen.

With the club also represented in the minor and senior deciders to come, substitute Steven McCormack’s goal two minutes from time ensured victory and guaranteed the first trophy for Loughrea this year.

 It was a well worked move. Sarsfields were coming back into the encounter with points from Gerard Dolan and Gerard McMahon reducing arrears to three points (0-10 to 1-4) before McCormack struck the match winning score.

Colm Maher won possession in the middle of the park and sent the ball in the direction of Tom Huban. He batted the ball down for the in running Pa Huban who cut through the Sarsfields defence and found McCormack who made no mistakes.

It was a big blow for the Bullaun/New Inn side just when they were getting back into the game, but their failure to create significant scoring opportunities and poor finishing with many of those that did present themselves was ultimately their undoing.

And that was after Sarsfields made the perfect start with their goal after just six minutes. Ronan Duhan passed to Eanna Dolan whose  delivery towards the posts broke kindly for Darren Skehill who gave Derek Lohan no chance. 

Loughrea responded within two minutes when Brian Kelly opened their account with an effort from 60 yards. But these would be the only two first half scores from play. Sarsfields finished the opening period with eight wides and when Cyril Murray knocked over a free to make it 1-1 to 0-1 on 15 minutes, they wouldn’t score again in the half. 

While Loughrea were guilty of forcing the umpires to wave wide for five missed opportunities, Gordon Glynn started to find his range in the second quarter as he concluded the half with four frees resulting in white flags. 

With Tom Shaughnessy’s side holding the interval advantage (0-5 to 1-1), Sarsfields needed to make the most of the elements in the second half but it was Loughrea who maintained their momentum. 

Kelly got his second score after just 11 seconds to stretch the lead before Glynn added two more frees to put four between the teams. 

Dolan replied with a score for Sarsfields but their attacks continued to break down or go astray (five more second half wides). Also, Loughrea’s defending was much more disciplined in the second half and they didn’t concede a scoreable free until two minutes into injury time. At that stage, it was game over.


Tom and Pa Huban added two further scores to give Loughrea a 0-10 to 1-2 advantage before Dolan and McMahon scored for Sarsfields and McCormack got the match winning goal. Indeed, the two Hubans and McCormack combined again in injury time looking for a second but this chance went abegging.


Cyril Murray got the last point of the match for Sarsfields just after the Loughrea goal but they couldn’t put a serious dent in Loughrea’s lead with the time remaining. 

Sarsfields were unfortunate to lose full back Philip Madden through injury early on but they still had strong performances from Padraic Murray (who moved to full back after Madden’s withdrawal), Dara Earls, Padraig Kelly, Michael Ward, McMahon and Dolan. 

Lohan did what was required in goal for Loughrea; Alan Joyce, James O’Dea and Paul Linnane defended well; Eddie McMahon and Andy Kearns put in a lot of work in the middle; Kelly and Glynn got the necessary scores; and the Hubans and McCormack put the Sarsfields defence under a lot of pressure.

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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