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Salthill’s young hurlers pay price



Date Published: 17-Nov-2009

A LATE flurry of points helped Kilnadeema /Leitrim overcome a brave Salthill/Knocknacarra effort in the minor hurling B semifinal at Ballinderreen on Saturday.

After trailing Kilnadeema at the break, Salthill upped their performance on the resumption and levelled the game. However, the East Galway side rallied strongly in the final minutes to ensure victory and a meeting with Michael Cusacks in the final.

Kilnadeema took advantage of a strong wind in the first half and accordingly built up a substantial lead. At half time they led by 1-6 to 0-2 but, in fairness to Salthill, they missed a number of frees which they were to rue at the end of the game.

The winners took an early lead with a fine point from Damien Donoghue before the city outfit opened their account through a Tadhg Haran pointed free. However Kilnadeema/Leitrim then took control and had points from Finian O’Toole, Daragh Herlihy and Michael O’Donoghue.

A well taken Damien Donoghue put further daylight between the teams although Haran replied with a pointed free to leave his team seven adrift at the interval.

Salthill came much more into the game on the resumption and an early Haran point gave them a timely boost. Later a free from Haran travelled all the way to the Kilnadeema net. The Seasiders were now pouring forward at every opportunity and they were rewarded when a harmless shot from Jeff Malone trickled to the net for a fortuitous goal.

The game was now evenly balanced. However it was Kilnadeema who upped their performance and really tore into the game. They had white flags from Daragh Herlihy and Padraic Stapleton to leave them two in front.

Kilnadeema went further ahead thanks to points from Herlihy and Alvin Mitchell although Haran was on target from another free.

However Kilnadeema/ Leitrim clinched the game with a goal from Shane Lawless and a late point from substitute Gary Curley with Neil Hyland adding a point for the city boys.

Kilnadeema/Leitrim were more consistent over the hour and were better at taking their chances They had fine performances from James Conway and Cathal King in the full backline. Mark Kelly was outstanding at wing back and his ability to sweep behind the dropping ball was hugely significant. Others to impress included Conor Fahy, Damian Donoghue, Shane Lawless and Daragh Herlihy.

Salthill, for their part, put up a game performance but were guilty of a number of missed chances. Tadhg Haran was their main inspiration and he was ably supported by Gareth Armstrong, Michael Collins, Conor O’Shea, Michael O’Donnell and Jeff Malone.

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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