Date Published: 28-Nov-2012
Darren Kelly in Ballinasloe
STALEMATE! The County Junior B hurling championship didn’t crown a winner in a cold Duggan Park last Sunday as Ardrahan and Killimor cancelled each other out in a low scoring encounter.
For different reasons, this wasn’t the best outing for either team this year and only two players scored from play (five in total). But to their credit, cold November finals in this grade are about results and while nobody prevailed, neither team contemplated defeat.
Character was shown during the final quarter of a difficult afternoon’s hurling and the supporters were fascinated about who could succeed. In truth, Ardrahan will be most aggrieved as they dominated the opening 30 minutes, but only went in 0-6 to 0-3 ahead.
Eight first half wides was a poor showing which included six in the opening 10 minutes when they effectively owned the sliothar. Six more wayward shots in the second half didn’t improve their standing.
For Killimor, their opening half was probably their poorest of the season though they had some hard working defenders, and they didn’t make the most of some more opportunities after the restart. But while the game was played at a much slower pace normally associated with the small ball game, one had to admire their determination that eventually secured a stay of execution.
It didn’t look like that at the start as Ardrahan set the pace. Their half backs were clearing everything, the midfielders were mobile and the forwards had no scarcity of chances. But as the umpires at the town goal continued to wave their hands wide, Jamie Larkin’s side could well have been feeling that this would be one of those days.
They did look threatening. Jason Kennedy’s sideline cut in the first minute required keeper Darren McDonagh to make two touches, David Holland nearly pulled the trigger only for James McEvoy to intervene in the 12th minute and as the first quarter concluded, another move involving Michael Lynskey and Kennedy saw Keith O’Grady rescue Killimor.
Killimor were struggling and had only sent the leather down towards the opponent’s goal once but in the ninth minute, they went ahead when David Daly sent over his opening free.
Eventually, Ardrahan found a white flag when Kennedy converted in the 14th minute and he made it a hat-trick by the 18th minute. They were starting to settle again and Lynskey made it 0-4 to 0-1 in the 22nd minute after taking the breaking ball when Darragh Callanan was smothered by the Killimor backs.
But other chances dropped short and with the rations scarece, Killimor nibbled back two points through Daly by the 28th minute. Ardrahan deserved more and Kennedy and Lynskey registered two minors for their three point interval advantage, but they had expended much energy for little reward.
The third quarter was more akin to the territory and possession battles normally reserved for rugby. Both teams tried to gain control and this period did produce scoring chances and some good passages. But now Killimor were also failing to be economical though Daly did get their fourth point in the 39th minute.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
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.