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St. Pat’s winning streak in league ended

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

 ST. Patrick’s eight match First Division winning streak came to an end at Cappagh Park when the promotion chasing second placed side were held to a 1-1 draw by a Knocknacarra outfit with pressures of their own as they try and keep above the rather crowded relegation area.

In the context of a sporting contest, the opening half was totally dominated by the visitors and only outstanding goalkeeper Miguel Posse kept the contest in the balance as he kept out everything the Caherlistrane based side could throw at them.

In contrast, David Coyle was probably bored in the opposite goal and when called upon to deal with a routine situation outside his area on 34 minutes, he half hit an attempted clearance to the feet of Keith O’Shaughnessy and the striker didn’t refuse the gift as he made it 1-0 with a lob into an empty net.

From the sixth minute, when he pushed away a Richie Molloy header, Posse proved he was on top of his game. He repeated the feat after Eanna Glynn set up Shane O’Brien outside the box and his shot was dealt with in routine fashion by the custodian.

Just past the half hour mark, Molloy crashed a stunning effort off a post before the striker headed a Ronan Conneely delivery over.

Taisce Gillespie and Craig Kinneen were outstanding at the heart of the home defence, while wide of them Dean Lydon and Ross Bennis were equally impressive in defence and later in attack as Knocknacarra got a little more freedom.

Just before the break, Rory Glynn had Posse sniffing dust as he got low down to the bottom corner to turn a cracking shot from the edge of the box around a post.

While St Patrick’s couldn’t maintain the momentum for the duration of the second half, Ronan Conneely certainly carried the fight to the home side at every opportunity and after twice been denied by Posse in the early exchanges, it was fitting that he should secure the equaliser on 64 minutes.

Firstly, a Rory Glynn corner was added to by Shane O’Brien in the box and when the ball broke to Conneely he couldn’t miss with the close range header to tie up matters at 1-1.

Knocknacarra had their moments also and Coyle atoned for his earlier error, with two smart stops to deny O’Shaughnessy and later Darren Jordan. Conneely as ever was still offering a threat at the other end, but a late shot and header could not find the target as the home side held on for a hard earned but merited point.

Christy Costello and John Monaghan’s charges now trail leaders Tuam Celtic by three points, but still enjoy a game in hand, while Knocknacarra have given themselves a little more breathing space just above second from bottom Dynamo Blues.

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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