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Third quarter struggles continue for Moycullen’s basketballers

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UCD Marian 82

Moycullen 67

MOYCULLEN basketballers fell just short again in the Nivea for Men Superleague, losing 82-67 in an exciting encounter at UCD Marian. This was Moycullen’s final chance to gain ground in the Southern Conference before Christmas.

However, UCD’s superior scoring power and experience helped them capitalise on some third quarter errors by the visitors. Moycullen will now have to wait until January 2 to get back on track when they travel to UCC Demons in Cork.

The Galway men went in to the game in Dublin hopeful for a win after some missed opportunities of late. Bitterly disappointed after a tough loss the previous week, they were not short of motivation. The first quarter was a lively affair, with both teams scoring freely.

Moycullen were effective, getting the ball to their principal scorers early in the offence with Nihill, Cunnigham and American, Luke Enos all contributing to a high-scoring quarter. The entry of James Loughnane to proceedings gave Moycullen an extra spark, pushing the ball quickly up the floor and putting UCD point guard Cathal Finn under pressure.

However, while Moycullen were successful on the offensive end, UCD were responding in kind. Six foot eight’ American import, Daniel Stith, was particularly effective, bossing the offensive boards and scoring 16 points in the first-half. With both sides exchanging baskets, it was UCD who went in ahead at the interval with a slender two point lead.

The, often vital, third quarter has been an area of concern for Moycullen, after some lethargic second-half starts cost them dearly in recent weeks. However, any evidence of reform was lacking as it was UCD who started the second half with energy and purpose.

Some effective defensive pressure prevented Moycullen from getting the easy scores that had permeated the first half. Meanwhile, sloppy defence saw them concede easy baskets to a rampant UCD offence. Suddenly, only three minutes into the third quarter, Moycullen were down 12 points.

After this dreadful period, Moycullen were forced to chase the game. Some intense defensive pressure from point guards Dowd and Loughnane saw Moycullen regain some ground towards the end of the third quarter.

However, UCD’s ability to find their primary scorers, Stith and Meany, kept the scoreboard ticking over for the cup champions. During the fourth quarter, UCD managed to maintain their distance as Moycullen never found the necessary offensive rhythm or defensive stops to get back into the game. In the end, the game slipped away from them and UCD ran out 15 point victors.

Ultimately, it was a disappointing day for Moycullen, as they failed to learn from the mistakes of previous weeks. Stifled and stagnant offence, matched with poor concentration on defence has cost them in the last three games. Captain Mike Dowd picked up on this saying: “I feel like we are well able to match any team in the league, but unless we can weather these third quarter storms we won’t win these crucial games.”

Moycullen: L. Enos (26), C. Nihill (18), D. Cunningham (8), J. Loughnane (6), P. O’Brien (6), M. Dowd (3), E. Maxwell, N. Cunningham, P. Lyons, D. Costelloe, K. Folan. I. Burke.

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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