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Mervue hit right notes for first win of season

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Date Published: 30-Apr-2012

Mervue United 3

Finn Harps 0

Mervue United finally got their first win of the season – and in the process moved off the foot of the table – with a convincing win over Finn Harps at Fahy’s Field on Friday night.

Alan Murphy started the ball rolling with his first goal for Johnny Glynn’s side on the stroke of half time and Jason Molloy and Barry McEntee added second-half goals to secure a crucial success that was well overdue.

 

Glynn made three changes from last week’s defeat to league leaders Longford as Marc Ludden, Shane Keogh and Molloy returned to the home team’s starting XI.

In a quite opening 25 minutes, Gary Kelly shot narrowly wide while at the other end, Harps’ Blain Curtis forced a save from Ronan Forde. Murphy should have had the home side in front as he held off defender Ciaran Coll in the box but hit his effort too close to Rory Kelly, who palmed the ball away to safety.

Murphy and Molloy linked up well down the left on 36 minutes with the winger advancing into the box and rather than cross he decided a shot at the near post but Kelly did well again pushing the effort away for a corner kick.

Curtis then had two efforts in as many minutes at the other end as first Forde did well blocking the striker’s shot and he then shot just wide from the edge of the box when left unmarked on 40 minutes.

A move from the training ground provided the opening score a minute before the break. Pat Hoban was fouled just outside the box by Shaun McGowan and Keogh rolled the ball into Murphy’s path in the box and the experienced striker turned quickly before sliding the ball past Kelly and into the corner.

Pat Hoban should have doubled that lead three minutes after the break when he got on the end of an Alex Lee ball into the box but the striker blazed his effort over Kelly’s crossbar. Another great chance was then squandered on 57 minutes when Molloy received a through ball from Ludden and rounded Kelly in the box but couldn’t direct his shot on target, hitting the side netting from a tight angle.

Ronan Forde then kept the home side’s lead intact as he made two excellent saves from Kevin McHugh as first he got down low to save a shot from the Harps striker and then did even better on 63 minutes pushing a close range header away for a corner.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

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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

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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

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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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