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Towering Cullinane display almost sinks Corofin

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Corofin 0-11

Claregalway 0-11

Alan Dooley at

Tuam Stadium

DESPITE being two points to the good as this entertaining senior football championship quarter final entered injury time, in truth it would have been a travesty if Corofin had emerged victorious, but Claregalway deservedly managed to snatch a replay from the jaws of defeat when Conor Glynn kicked the equalising point deep into stoppage time at Tuam Stadium.

Claregalway were a side transformed from the mediocrity of last weekend’s efforts against NUIG, purposeful and full of intelligent running, with county minor Sean Moran having a major impact and Adrian Faherty coming good when the need was greatest. However, despite their relief at the final whistle, this was a game they really should have won and, like Bearna before them, they may yet regret not putting Corofin to the sword.

Despite being four behind at the break, Claregalway had acquitted themselves admirably and when, led by some majestic midfield play from Barry Cullinane, they tore into a sometimes lethargic Corofin in the third quarter it appeared as if a major upset was on the cards. Unfortunately, despite dominating territory and possession, the scores didn’t flow for Eoin O’Donnellan’s men.

When Corofin then edged two clear thanks to Alan O’Donovan’s 48th minute free, their first score of the half, normality appeared to have been restored but Claregalway steadfastly refused to fold. Faherty bludgeoned over a point within a minute to leave the deficit at a minimum before O’Donovan dragged what was for him a routine free wide.

Claregalway snatched at chances to level when composure was needed before Tomas Costello, not long on as a Corofin substitute, split the posts with a fine left footed effort. The Corofin of old would undoubtedly have closed out this game from here, but this is not the Corofin of old. They may still have the class, but Claregalway had the legs and they continued to surge forward in waves.

In the last minute of stoppage time, they attempted to work the ball into a goalscoring opportunity, fearful of hearing the final whistle, but Faherty’s piledriver rose high and over the bar. Possession was once more secured, though, and Glynn drove forward from half back, getting ever nearer the posts, searching desperately for a colleague in space to no avail, until he had no choice but to shoot himself, dramatically kicking high and true from an acute angle.

We should never have doubted Glynn, really, considering he had already gotten on the scoresheet in the first half, one in which Corofin pulled clear in the closing stages but needed to, given they were playing into the scoring Town End with the aid of a cross-field breeze. Corofin lacked fluidity in attack, though, and were mostly reliant on defenders raiding forward to good effect.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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