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Skehill and Lee to miss league tie with Dublin

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STEPHEN GLENNON

GALWAY senior hurling manager John McIntyre believes Galway have a score to settle against Dublin in the penultimate round robin tie of the National Hurling League at Pearse Stadium on Sunday (2:30pm) – following the drubbing they received at the hands of the Liffeysiders in last year’s competition.

In the opening game of their 2009 campaign, Galway suffered a 2-21 to 0-15 loss to Anthony Daly’s charges; a defeat, no doubt, that still rankles with the management and players. “Despite the Walsh Cup final win earlier this year, we still have a score to settle from last year’s league,” insists Galway boss McIntyre, who says, contrary to Dublin’s struggles in the league, they cannot be taken for granted.

“Although they have only won one win to their name in this year’s league, Dublin have been very competitive and they are still the only team to have beaten Tipperary so far,” he continues.

“They are an improving outfit under Anthony Daly and we will have to focus very quickly on the challenge they will present to us on Sunday. Dublin are also in relegation trouble, so they will be very anxious to put their best foot forward against us.”

Indeed, this is a sentiment shared by Galway selector John Moylan. “Dublin are never an easy team to beat. Their League results this year are up and down, where we have been somewhat consistent,” says the Beagh man.

“Having said that, it is a different task playing Dublin. They are very athletic, very tall, strong, fit and on their day they can be a match for any team. We will have to be very focused for that game in Pearse Stadium. I would hope also that the Galway hurling supporters would come out when there are home games. Galway hurling needs that support. This squad of players need that support.”

With the National League reaching the knockout stages – and Galway very much in contention – this should ensure an increase in attendance at the home games against Dublin and Cork in the coming weeks. No doubt, Galway’s wholehearted performance in the victory over reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in Nowlan Park last Sunday will have whetted the appetite. It was a far cry from the second half collapse against Tipperary.

“We were very, very pleased with the first half performance against Kilkenny,” adds Moylan, “no more so than we were happy with the display in the first half of the Tipperary game. We were conscious though of how things went in that second half against Tipp, so we were probably a bit hard on the players at half-time as a result.

“However, in the first quarter of the second half, Kilkenny outscored us by 1-7 to a point. Thankfully, we regrouped – the few changes we made probably helped us – while guys probably did not want what happened against Tipperary to happen again. So, they showed great heart. Goals win matches, and we got the two goals and that really turned the game for us.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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