Date Published: 10-Aug-2012
WHILE Ireland boxer Michael Conlon will be fighting for an Olympic gold medal tonight, SD Galway and Mervue United will go head to head for the third time this season in the Airtricity League (7.45pm).
Given the mediocre to low status of these two teams in the LOI First Division – they currently occupy the bottom two places on the table – it would be a surprise if a crowd of any sort turn out for this one in Terryland Park.
That is no disrespect to either Mervue United or SD Galway, but, again, given the quality of Olympic fare on the box, this fixture is sure to test the commitment of even the most die-hard of supporters.
In any event, both teams head into this derby on the back of 2-0 defeats, with Mervue going down at home to promotion chasing Waterford United and SD Galway losing out to Finn Harps in Ballybofey.
Still, for Mervue’s part, they at least have some form heading into this one following impressive victories over Athlone Town (2-0) and Wexford Youths (1-2) in their previous two games.
Mervue carried in similar form into their last meeting against Salthill Devon, only for the rebranded outfit to audaciously plunder all three league points at Fahy’s Field with a shock 2-1 win.
United’s Pat Hoban had given the home side the lead in that gripping contest but substitute Eugene Greaney subsequently struck for the equaliser for SD Galway before Timmy Molloy shot the winner just a minute from time. That result, coincidentally, has been SD Galway’s only victory in 20 league outings.
That said, Tony Mannion’s SD Galway, who will be without the suspended David Meehan for this one, have yet to lose to Mervue in the league this season after their first meeting of 2012 finished in an exciting 2-2 draw at Terryland Park.
SD Galway did, however, take a beating from Johnny Glynn’s outfit in the FAI Cup clash in May, with, again, Hoban among the scorers, along with Etanda Nkololo, in a comfortable 2-0 Mervue second round victory.
No doubt, this should provide some entertaining fare given the history between these two great rivals, recent and not so recent. Sadly, though, what should be an attractive local football fixture will most likely be met with abject apathy by the sporting public when the game kicks off this evening.
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.