Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Archive News

Volvo Race looks likely to return to city in 2012



Date Published: 02-Oct-2009

By Regina Hennelly

Hopes that the Volvo Ocean Race may be set for a return visit to Galway are running high following a visit by the organisers of the competition to the city harbour last week, the Galway City Tribune can exclusively reveal.
It is understood organisers were so impressed by Galway’s hosting of the stopover last June that they now regard the city as one of the frontrunners in the competition to host the event when it kicks off again in three years’ time.
Of the 82 cities who applied to be considered for a stopover in 2012, only 20 serious candidates remain. A dozen of those are in Europe – including Galway – and a final decision on the host cities will be made early next year.
The major competitor which may have threatened Galway’s chances was Belfast, which had hoped to host a stopover as part of its celebrations to mark 100 years since the construction and demise of theTitanic. It is understood, however, that Northern Ireland is no longer in the running and Galway is the only port on this island being considered at this point.
As part of their visit to the city last week, the team from Volvo attended a meeting with management at Galway Harbour to discuss planned developments at the Docks and to assess the infrastructure available here for a race that promises to be bigger and better.
Speaking to the Galway City Tribune, Harbour Master, Brian Sheridan said the competition to host a stopover was similar to “a city bidding for the Olympics” this time around as the Race now enjoyed such a high profile, but he said he would be optimistic for Galway’s changes at this point.
“We held a very fruitful meeting last week and competition is undoubtedly stiff, but we are in a very good position and we are very optimistic,” he said.
The major stumbling block is the requirement by Volvo that Ireland must enter a boat in the race if Galway is to host a stopover – an expensive stipulation, but plans and negotiations are already underway to make that happen.
The Irish entry in the last Race – the Green Dragon – was built at a cost of €4million and its involvement in the nine-month-long race ran to a total cost well in excess of that.
While the Dragon could be entered again in the next race, improvements in technology and changes in the rules could require a new vessel to be sourced.
The 70ft Green Dragon was earlier this week removed from outside the Aquarium in Salthill and brought into storage at the Docks so that an assessment could be made of whether it could be sufficiently upgraded for 2012.
One member of the conglomerate which owns the Green Dragon, local businessman John Killeen, confirmed yesterday that a serious effort was being made to secure foreign sponsorship to help finance an entry in the next Race.
“You have to have a lot of finance to run a boat around the world, but we are actively working on getting some major international sponsors on board and we are confident,” he said.
Galway’s hosting of the Ocean Race last June generated a massive €45million for the local economy.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



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

Continue Reading

Archive News

Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


Continue Reading

Archive News

Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



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.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads