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St. MaryÕs live up to hot favouritesÕ tag

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St. Mary’s College 4

Marist College 1

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Terryland Park

ST. Mary’s College, Galway proved beyond doubt that they are kingpins in senior schools soccer in Connacht on Tuesday night when they captured their fifth FAI Connacht Senior Schools Cup title in 10 years by overcoming a game, but limited, Marist Athlone side in Terryland Park.

The city school went into the game as hot favourites, and had already hammered their opponents 5-0 in the group stages of the competition, but whether it was nerves, or a case of underestimating the Midlands side, they struggled early on to stamp their authority on the final.

 

Once they found their groove, however, they looked a class above their opponents, and three goals in the space of 13 minutes early in the second half put an end to the Marist fairytale, and they now meet Coláiste Mhuire of Cobh in the national semi-final in Limerick next week.

The game was just four minutes old when St Mary’s carved out the first chance of the game, Shane Maughan showing the Marist defence a clean pair of heels to race through on goal, but his powerful shot smashed off the crossbar with Marist ‘keeper Eoin Carberry beaten.

Robert Benson created the first opening of the game for the visitors, rolling a free-kick to Niall Boland, but the winger’s 25-yard effort fizzed wide of the near post in the 18th minute. James Casserly was inches away from getting on the end of Shane Keogh’s free at the other end nine minutes later, while Glynn went on a lung-bursting run down the left in the 33rd minute before squaring to Fiach O’Barra on the edge of the box, but his rasping shot flew the wrong side of the post.

Mary’s thought they had taken the lead nine minutes before the break when O’Barra tapped home after Carberry spilled Keogh’s shot, but the strike was ruled out by an offside flag. Ward’s pace was causing the visitors plenty of problems, and he capitalised on a slip by Cian McCormack to get on the end of Ronan Burke’s booming kick-out to have a clear run on goal, but Carberry brilliantly smothered his hesitant effort.

The game was played in a tough but fair manner, with no players from either side complaining about tackles, but referee Pat Barry took a different view, and harshly booked Barry McEntee for a foul in the 38th minute when a ticking-off would have sufficed.

Barry also booked Glynn on the stroke of half-time – again, a foul was committed, but the punishment seemed a little harsh, and unfortunately for the youngster, the booking would come back to haunt him when he was shown a second yellow, followed by red, in the second half.

Marist were first to threaten in the second half, but Burke gathered Alan Coffey’s shot in the 47th minute and then pulled off a great double save, parrying Benson’s blistering 30 yard free before diving bravely at the feet of Coffey in the 52nd minute, and within seconds Mary’s had gone down the other end and opened the scoring.

For more, read page 45 of this week’s City 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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