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Maree Oranmore out of luck in top of table First Division fixture



Date Published: 20-Dec-2012

Mike Rafferty

TUAM Celtic took a firm grip in the title chase for First Division honours when they came from behind to defeat second placed Maree Oranmore by 4-3 on Sunday last and, in the process, got adequate revenge for the only league defeat they suffered to date when going down to the same opposition last October.

Though it was the visitors who made the better start as Declan McHugh fired them ahead, the opening half was really controlled by the home side as they responded well to lead by 3-1 at the break.

Anton Mannering levelled matters when he picked up a Lonan O’Farrell pass to open their account, before a John Latchford finish following a corner put Maree Oranmore ahead. They continued to build on that advantage when Mannering slotted home his second of the day from the penalty spot.

In total contrast, the second half was all about Tuam Celtic as they crashed home three goals without reply. From a Gavin O’Connell delivery, Ger Cuniffe started the recovery with a header before Aengus Tierney set up Ricky Kent to tuck the equaliser into the bottom corner.

Just when matters looked like they were going to finish all square, a long ball by David Kilkelly was picked up by McHugh and the ace predator calmly slotted home the fourth for the late winner.

The victory moves Tuam Celtic five points clear of Corrib Celtic, Maree Oranmore and Oughterard who all share joint second position as they chase the two promotion spots for the top flight next season.


St Bernard’s continue to take points from the top sides when they held joint leaders Mervue United to a scoreless draw in Abbeyknockmoy on Sunday.

A brilliant save by home custodian Denis Farragher to keep out a Stephen Larkin header was the highlight of an ordinary game as the visitors created the better chances. Daryl Finn failed to finish in the home side’s best opportunity after a defensive lapse set up the chance.

Athenry maintained their impressive recent form with a 1-0 home win over Hibernians. Chances were generally pretty scarce throughout, with the hosts Conor Cannon denied at one end, before a top class stop by Andrew Walsh kept out a Keith Ward free kick in the other goal.

The breakthrough arrived just after the hour mark when Stephen Rabbitte headed an Anthony O Conghaile free kick into the path of Cathal Fahy and the striker duly applied the close range finish for the winner.

Ray Moran, Gary O’Donnell and Cannon all had further second half opportunities to increase the margin, but failed to take them.


Two clubs who certainly have known better days played out a scoreless draw on Sunday morning as Renmore and Kiltullagh could not be separated in their Second Division contest.

The home side were picking up just their fourth point of the campaign as they prop up the table, while at least Kiltullagh’s form is a little more impressive as they inch their way out of the relegation area.

A smart early save by the visitors Aenais Lawless denied Ronan O Seanain as the midfielder broke through with just the goalkeeper to beat. Lawless and his opposite number Nigel Walsh certainly impressed as a number of smart saves thwarted Derek Talbot, John Finnegan, David Skehill and Tommy Madden. Madden when closest to a second half breakthrough, but was denied by a post.


For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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