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Magnificent Moycullen storm to intermediate hurling glory

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Moycullen 2-10

Killimordaly 0-13

STEPHEN GLENNON AT KENNY PARK

SOMETIMES, it is hard to find the words to aptly describe a game so rich in quality. This is one of those occasions. Leaving aside the almost fairytale element of this Moycullen victory – their first at this level since 1964 – this county intermediate decider between two fiercely committed teams showcased everything positive about Galway club hurling.

In the end, second half goals from man of the match and midfielder Eanna Noone – who finished with a tally of 1-7, 1-5 from placed balls – and corner forward Conor Bohan secured Fergal Clancy’s outfit a coveted intermediate title and, more importantly, a seat at the top table of Galway hurling in 2012.

On the evidence of this display, they will be a welcome addition to the senior grade.

Both goals came at key moments of the contest. Killimordaly had led 0-9 to 0-6 at the change of ends and after a helter skelter opening to the second period, it looked as if the greater experience of Tom Monaghan’s charges, along with their more expansive style of play, would be enough to see them through.

However, what was so impressive about this Moycullen side was that they stayed true to themselves, in the sense that they played ‘Moycullen’ hurling – they played to their strengths – and did not try to introduce a game plan for the final, as most often teams do, that would undo all the fine work they had done in the earlier stages of the competition.

So, when Bohan seized possession on 40 minutes, he bravely made a powerful surge for goal. Just as he was about to pull the trigger though, a plethora of Killimordaly defenders descended upon him – illegally so – and Moycullen were afforded the opportunity to take the lead for the fourth time in the game.

Up stepped Noone and the remnants of the jet stream from his potent strike danced from the penalty spot all the way beyond Paul Kilkenny to the Killimordaly net. That score nudged Moycullen into a 1-8 to 0-10 lead and while their rivals were to gain parity on two subsequent occasions, from then on, the victors never fell in arrears.

Not that the outcome was clear cut by any manner or means. Points from Galway’s Eanna Ryan (free) and midfielder Paul Madden ensured Killimordaly were right in the mix although, by this time, Moycullen were clearly in the ascendancy.

Underlining this, one of the scores of the game arrived on the 46th minute when centre-half back Mark Lydon initiated a move involving Dan Kelly and Phillip Lydon which set up Noone for what was an outstanding point.

In any event, the sides were tied at 1-9 to 0-12 entering the dying minutes and, for Killimordaly’s part, they looked as if they had finally rode out a difficult period for them in the second half. However, the outstanding Seosamh Ó Fatharta made a superb catch before feeding Lydon down the line. The full-forward, in turn, enticed the Killimordaly rearguard to come to him, leaving an unmarked Bohan inside and when he received Lydon’s pass, he made no mistake in netting the 59th minute winning goal in what was truly a thoroughly enjoyable county decider.

Ryan did respond with a pointed free moments later for Killimordaly, but the Moycullen party had already begun by the time wing-forward Niall Mannion cancelled this out in the first minute of injury-time as Moycullen ran out worthy winners.

Killimordaly, though, must be wondering where it all went wrong. At times, they looked the more stylish side, but what Moycullen could boast of was the overall package. Indeed, the power, physicality and intensity levels they brought to this contest were second to none.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013

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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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