Date Published: 22-Nov-2011
ST Joseph’s College (the Bish) and Dominican College Taylor’s Hill will represent Galway in the Connacht finals of the First Year Post Primary Futsal boys’ and girls’ competition in NUI Galway today after claiming the county crowns last week.
A total of 120 players representing 10 qualifying schools from five counties will participate in today’s finals, an event which is being co-ordinated by Nigel Keady, Galway City Council / FAI Community Development Officer.
Futsal is an indoor version of association football. It is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper, and up to seven substitutes per team.
Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used.
It is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regulation football.
The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
The Bish, who won the Connacht title two years ago, were up against Galway Community College, Coláiste na Coiribe, and Scoil Mhuire from Ballygar, with all four schools entering two teams into the competition.
It was the bish’s second team which qualified for the final as Group 2 winners, where they faced Coláiste na Coiribe A, and the final was a closely-fought affair, with the Nuns Island side scoring the only goal of the game to take the title.
Coláiste na Coiribe’s star duo of Dara Mulgannon and Dominic Gorton impressed throughout the group stages and in the final, while Andrew Syanoski and Matthew Kilgannon impressed for the Bish.
For more of this report see this week’s Sentinel.
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
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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