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Three way battle for football manager’s post

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Date Published: 10-Aug-2011

THE early race to become the next Galway senior football manager looks set to be a three-way contest between Galway All-Ireland winning U21 manager Alan Mulholland, former Galway minor manager Gerry Fahy and current Sligo senior manager, Kevin Walsh, with Mulholland emerging as the initial favourite.

The Galway Football Board has confirmed it will ‘shop local’ to find a replacement for outgoing senior manager Tomás Ó Flatharta, who was sacked from his position on Friday night just 10 months after his appointment.

Chairman John Joe Holleran – who was indirectly criticised at the weekend by a senior player for the instability in Galway football created by the yearly axing of managers – confirmed that delegates have insisted the new manager must be a Galway man, or at least live locally, following back-to-back seasons where outside managers, Ó Flatharta and Joe Kernan, were let go after poor results inside 10 months.

Already Mulholland has publicly expressed an interest in the position, saying he would consider taking over if nominated and Gerry Fahy hasn’t ruled out the prospect either. Other contenders may emerge in the coming week.

Mulholland this week said: “I was hoping to remain as U21 manager next year and defend our crown. That was my focus and I was not expecting to have to deal with any issue about the senior job. I enjoyed a very good working relationship with Tomás and he and his management were extremely cooperative and helpful to us through the year and that played a big part in our success. If I’m nominated, I will give it consideration but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

Galway minor football manager of the last two seasons, Gerry Fahy, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the senior position last year, told Tribune Sport that if he is nominated he would give it serious consideration. Fahy said he has no ill feeling about not getting the nod last year, and he agrees with the general consensus expressed by delegates last week that the new manager should be Galway-based.

“To be honest with you I haven’t thought too much about it, the announcement was only made a few days ago but anyone involved in football would be interested in the Galway job. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it yet and haven’t been approached by anyone, but you’d certainly give it serious thought if you were nominated. Galway is one of the best jobs in the country and for a Galway football man with Galway blood, you’d have to have an interest in the job,” he said.

Another contender, Sligo manager Kevin Walsh couldn’t be reached this week but he has one year left in his two-year term with the Yeats County senior side and the Sligo County Board are anxious to keep him.

See full story in Tribune Sport.

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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