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Makeshift Galway have no answer to Sporting Fingal



Date Published: 01-Jun-2010

A DEPLETED Galway United side endured a torrid time as they suffered defeat at the hands of Sporting Fingal in the Premier Division at Morton Stadium on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Ronan Finn and Eamon Zayed were enough to ensure victory for Liam Buckley’s men though the score line failed to reflect the extent of the home side’s domination.

Debutant goalkeeper Daire Geraghty was passed fit to deputise for the suspended Barry Ryan and he succeeded in repelling the Fingal offensive until the early stages of the second half.

Sean Connor was missing Rhys Meynell through suspension and was also without Karl Sheppard, Derek O’Brien, Jason Molloy, Seamus Conneely and Alan Murphy. The extent of the injury crisis was reflected in the fact that United could name just three substitutes for the match.

Stand-in goalkeeper Geraghty impressed on his first outing between the posts for Galway and denied Ger O’Brien a goal after 20 minutes with a quality stop from close range.

United had set out to contain their opponents and lined out with Anto Flood as the lone striker ahead of a five-man midfield. The strategy appeared to be working during a first half in which Sporting failed to score despite dominating proceedings.

Stephen O’Donnell came closest for the visitors as Brendan Clarke watched his effort from 25-yards sail over the crossbar.

The Galway defence was finally breached in the 53rd minute when full back Lorcan Fitzgerald pounced on a wayward pass from Bobby Ryan and fed the ball to Ronan Finn. He drilled the ball past Geraghty with an outstanding strike from 30 yards to register his fourth goal of the season.

Gary Curran had an opportunity to cancel out Finn’s opener seven minutes later but he dragged the ball across an open goal and wide of the far post.

Eamon Zayed secured the points for Sporting Fingal in the 76th minute when he collected a pass from Shaun Williams and beat Thomas Heary before curling the ball into the net with his right foot.

Sporting Fingal continued to dominate and, in the end, could have won by a greater margin. United will have been relieved to have limited the deficit to two goals and will hope that a number of key players have returned to fitness in time for their FAI Cup tie against Malahide United at Terryland Park on Friday.


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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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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