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St. BernardÕs are back in winning groove Ð at last!



Date Published: {J}

Mike Rafferty

NEWLY promoted St Bernard’s must have thought they were in dreamland when they won their opening three games of the season in the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division, but it has taken them four months since to register another league victory.

Sunday’s 3-0 drubbing of West United has got them back to winning ways and positioned them in a much more comfortable fourth place in the table. A number of draws throughout that spell kept them in touch in mid table and what has been particularly impressive is their goals against column which has seen them concede just 11 goals from ten games to date.

Contrast this with second from bottom Salthill Devon who have leaked 29 goals in the same amount of games. Against a struggling West side, Bernard’s made the perfect start when Dwaine Finn headed them in front after just five minutes with a back post header following a Jason Finn corner. Enjoying the opening half wind advantage, they continued to do the majority of the pressing but struggled to bypass veteran custodian Tony Cooke.

The resumption saw the City side seize the initiative, but they too found a goalkeeper Conor Ruane in top form and a number of smart stops kept the visitors at bay. Defending well, the Abbeyknockmoy men were content with their lot, but midway through the half a rapid counter attack saw the pacey Jason Finn take off from half way and he made it 2-0 with a smart finish into the top corner.

In the closing stages, the home side added a third with Matt Finn and Eddie Tracey providing the assists as Mark Finn applied the near post finish on this occasion.

Elsewhere Premier League leaders Mervue United scored three opening half goals through Ger McGrath, Colie Kelly and Stephen Cunningham to give them a comfortable 3-0 margin over Salthill Devon in Drom. A Charlie Burke spot kick saved by Ryan Griffin was the closest the home side went to a second half recovery.


East United were another side who registered a comfortable win in the First Division as goals by Martin McDonagh, Kenny Lydon and Christian Ryan helped the leaders increase their advantage over the chasing pack with a 3-0 victory over Colga.


St Patrick’s found themselves two down away to Crumlin following the early exchanges, but a smart recovery saw them eventually run out 5-3 winners. Adrian Murphy finished off a Noel Glynn set piece to kickstart the recovery and Padraig Reilly levelled matters before the break.

The second half saw the visitors pull away as Enda Conneely, Ronan Conneely and Rory Glynn all found the net.


Kinvara United failed to take the opportunity to pull clear at the top of the Second Division when going down by 2-1 at home to Kiltullagh. Though goalkeeper Gary Kavanagh almost denied him, a Noel Kelly penalty putting the visitors ahead in the opening half, but Dulta Griffin levelled matters with an effort into the bottom corner to tie it up before the break.

With the home side struggling to create much, it fell to Kiltullagh’s Eamonn Cleary to finish off a Tommy Madden cross for a close range winner in the second half.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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