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Senior football title race gets set for the off

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MOYCULLEN basketballers went into their Cup clash with Hoops with genuine aspirations for a first win of the season. Up until the previous weekend, Hoops, like Moycullen, had lost all their games.

But the return of Joey Haastrup and Eoin Chubb from injury and the addition of Jason Goldrick had turned things around for them in Cork against double winners from last season, Blue Demons and they came to Galway brimful of confidence on the back of an impressive victory.

In a thrilling contest, in front of another bumper crowd, Moycullen showed tremendous spirit to lead by seven going into the fourth quarter but Hoops finally found some backup from the outside for their ‘man mountain close to the hoop, 6’ 9’’, 350lb Carlton Aaron and four three pointers helped them to an 81-73 victory.

The bare statistics will show another defeat for Moycullen but there was a lot to take from the contest and they will feel they are slowly edging towards a first victory in the Superleague.

UCD/Marian from Dublin provide the next opposition on Saturday at 6pm in the Kingfisher NUIG.

The match began with Moycullen opening with six points from John Cunningham and a three from Cian Nihill. This was matched by nine points from Carlton Aaron and it was immediately apparent that it was going to be a long night for the Moycullen defence attempting to deal with him.

With his size and good hands, Hoops had the luxury of being able to throw any sort of pass in his direction which he could control before clearing space for an easy finish around the hoop. Moycullen’s policy of fronting him and double teaming on release of the pass was sound in principal but almost totally ineffective in practice as Aaron contributed 15 of Hoops’ 17 first quarter points.

However, Moycullen were able to exploit Aaron’s lack of mobility by pushing the pace and further threes from Nihill and the impressive Dylan Cunningham along with a pair of Nate Fritsch baskets saw the home team edge ahead after the first quarter, 19-17.

The second quarter followed a similar pattern to the first. Aaron was unstoppable for the visitors inside while Moycullen spread their scoring well to match the Hoops output. Threes from Mike Dowd and Fritsch pushed the hosts ahead but Phil Taylor responded for Hoops as the contest ebbed and flowed.

Nihill and Fritsch shared the offensive load for Moycullen while late Joey Haastrup and Taylor scores brought the visitors “non-

Aaron” score total to nine points. The quarter ended with the contest tied at 35-35.

The third quarter has been a real problem for Moycullen all season but this time they came out determined to reverse the trend. Keeping the pace of the game up, they made Aaron work up and down the court and this appeared to work to some degree as, for the first time in the game, he began to show tiredness.

Successive threes from Nihill, Dowd and Fritsch saw Moycullen open a five point lead as their offense flowed smoothly. With Aaron looking tired, Hoops hung in through baskets from Goldrick, Haastrup, Vujanic and Eoin Chubb but Moycullen were on their best run of the game and Dylan Cunningham, James Loughnane, Puff Summers and Fritsch all scored to stretch the lead to seven, 61-54 as the quarter ended.

An early Dowd three stretched the lead to 10 early in the fourth before Aaron went to work again. He narrowed the gap to six points with a lay-up and a pair of free throws. Up to this point, Moycullen had done a superb job in limiting Hoops to just a single three pointer. However, suddenly, Hoops found some holes as Joey Haastrup connected on a pair of threes to level the game at 64 each.

Dylan Cunningham scored for Moycullen only for Aaron to hit a pair of scores and give his team the lead. A John Cunningham layup off a super Fritsch assist levelled the scores again as the clock ran down to the last three minutes.

Aaron and Nihill then swapped baskets before Haastrup hit his third three of the quarter. When Moycullen turned the ball over on the next possession, Phil Taylor went down the other end and nailed a super three over good Moycullen defence.

The game was now up. Moycullen fouled to stop the clock but it was too late. The visitors advanced to the next round of the cup while the hosts will reflect on a game that could (and arguably should) have been won.

Coach Enda Byrt will look at this as a game that slipped away. Faced with the task of limiting Aaron and Taylor, despite the massive return from Aaron, he will feel that the team did a job that put them in a position to win, but Moycullen failed to close it out.

Credit must go to Hoops and Joey Haastrup in particular as they knocked down the key three pointers in the fourth which anyone watching the previous three quarters would have found difficult to predict. However, Moycullen will be disappointed that, from a winning position, they lost concentration and confidence and allowed the chink of light that Hoops needed.

 

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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