Date Published: 24-Jan-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
ONE of the city’s most dangerous road bottlenecks has little immediate prospect of being removed despite a recent accident in which a father and son were knocked from their bike by a passing bus, the Sentinel has learned.
The accident, which occurred over a week ago on Maunsell’s Road, off Taylor’s Hill, has again prompted a local residents’ association to call for urgent action to be taken by the City Council – they described the situation as ‘disgraceful’.
Gardaí have confirmed that a father carrying his six-year-old son on his bicycle suffered minor injuries after coming in contact with a bus on the Friday morning of January 14 at around 8.15am.
According to the Maunsells Road and Park Residents Association, the father was trapped under the bus for half an hour, with the boy ‘thrown in front of oncoming traffic’.
The Association said that residents, teachers and parents of the Maunsells Road/Taylor’s Hill area were again calling on the City Council to honour commitments made in 2008 to address the problems with ‘this death trap’ stretch of roadway.
However a spokesman for Galway City Council told the Sentinel that while they acknowledged the genuine issues raised by local people in this area, they did not own the land required to widen the section of carriageway in question.
“We have no agreement with the landowners in question to buy the necessary land and even if we had, we don’t have the funding available to do this,” said the City Council spokesman.He said that while the option of a CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order) was open to the City Council, this also had to be looked at in the context of what funding was available for the project.
According to the local Residents’ Association, there is no footpath alongside this stretch of roadway which has a traffic flow of 6,000 cars per day, with half of those cars travelling down Taylor’s Hill turning left onto Maunsells Road.
They said that the accident earlier this month was ‘the final straw’ and they were now making the problem an election issue with a slogan of: “No footpath, no vote.”
“It’s disgraceful. A busy road in the middle of Galway city with no footpath. We have consistently pointed out that the 50 metre stretch of Maunsells Road that leads up to the Junction with Taylor’s Hill is an accident waiting to happen, because it is too narrow and it has no footpath."
Read more in this week’s Connacht Sentinel
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
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
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
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.