Date Published: 30-Jul-2010
AP McCoy the most prolific National Hunt jockey of all-time, filled one of the few big race blanks left in his brilliant career when steering a horse he wasn’t even supposed to be riding to a surprise win in a grief stricken tote.com Galway Plate at Ballybrit on Wednesday.
The long-standing UK champion jockey was the beneficiary of Dancing Tornado’s withdrawal from the race after pulling out lame that morning, leaving McCoy free to take up the ride on another JP McManus contender, Finger Onthe Pulse, from the out of form Tom Taaffe stable.
It was hard lines on the nine-year-old’s original jockey, Mark Walsh, but McCoy gave the former Cheltenham festival winner a tremendous ride from the front as the 22/1 chance stayed on resolutely to beat the novice, Themoonandsixpence, by half a length
with the heavily backed favourite, Majestic Concorde, two lengths back in third.
Having landed a first Aintree Grand National last April, McCoy was always in the firing line on Finger Onthe Pulse which hadn’t won for two seasons as Hampstead Heath, refused to start, Graham Lee’s mount, Grand Slam Hero, and Don’t Be Bitin were among the early casualties.
With McCoy dictating a steady gallop at the head of affairs, there was no shortage of contenders on the final charge down the hill with the locally owned Montero coming to grief at the second last, while the strong travelling Bob’s Pride and the always prominent Lucky Wish also bowed out in the dip.
The Moonandsixpence momentarily looked to be taking the initiative from the long-time leader coming around the home turn, but there is no better jockey in a finish than McCoy and he wasn’t going to be denied on Finger Onthe Pulse, winner of the Jewson Chase at Cheltenham in 2008.
For a complete report see page 44 of this week’s City Tribune
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Admiral Barry lays down the law – Page 44
Roche & Howley take Galway by storm – Page 44
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
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