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Maree club dominate Galway



Date Published: {J}

THE annual climax of underage basketball in Galway is Finals Day. The tradition continued in the new NUIG Gym on Saturday last as boys and girls from all over the county came together to contest the A and B finals.

The gym was awash with colour and excitement all day long, as families, fans and friends cheered, groaned, clapped and encouraged at every twist. Nerves were frayed and fingernails chewed. Congratulation and commiseration in equal measure, followed each final buzzer.

Every club took at least one title on the day. All the young players, more than 200, were winners. The mammoth event was expertly staged by the Juvenile Board, coaches, referees, table officials and

volunteers. Moycullen and Maree Superleague and National League stars presented the cups and medals.

Maree won five of the ten A finals, with Bearna, Claregalway, Moycullen, Corrib and Clare Cascaders taking one apiece. Maree will go on to represent Galway at the All-Ireland Club Championships in Cork (U14 and U16 Boys), Mohill (U14 Girls) and Dublin (U16 Girls).

Of the eight B finals, Claregalway and Corrib won three each, and Bearna and Titans one apiece. Between A and B finals, Moycullen contested nine and Maree eight.

The Girls Under 15A Final was a cliff-hanger, and it took a period of overtime to separate the teams, with Corrib getting past Maree by one point. The other one-pointer was the Under 13B Girls final, with Corrib again edging it, this time over Bearna.

The Under 12A Girls final also went down to the wire, with the Bearna girls turning the tables on Corrib by two points. Maree’s Under 16 Boys racked up 77 points in their win over Moycullen, the highest tally in the Finals. Next highest total was 50, hit by the Maree Under 16 girls in their defeat of Corrib.

Results – Boys Under 12 A: Maree 36 Moycullen 9; Under 12 B: Titans 17 Bearna 9. Girls Under 12 A: Bearna 7 Corrib 5; Under 12 B: Claregalway 20 Moycullen 18. Boys Under 13 A: Maree 33 Moycullen 20; Under 13 B: Corrib 18 Bearna 17. Girls Under 13 A: Moycullen 31 Maree 19; Under 13 B: Bearna 14 Moycullen 9. Boys Under 14 A: Maree 45 Moycullen 36; Under 14 B: Corrib 33 Titans 16; Girls Under 14 A: Cascaders 32 Maree 19; Under 14 B: Corrib 17 Bearna 9. Boys Under 15 A: Claregalway 40 Moycullen 32; Girls Under 15 A: Corrib 26 Maree 25; Boys Under 16 A: Maree 77 Moycullen 29; Under 16 B: Claregalway 33 Titans 24; Girls Under 16 A: Maree 50 Corrib 24; Under 16 B: Claregalway 23 Moycullen 17.


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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