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Walsh and King pounce to end Mervue’s five game losing run

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 23-Jul-2012

Mervue United 2

Athlone Town 0

Mervue Utd halted a barren run of five games without a point with a hard earned 2-0 win over fourth placed Athlone Town courtesy of a second-half double at Fahy’s Field on Friday night.

After a slow opening half were excitement and goal chances were at a premium both sides did improve in the second period with the home team the more clinical as they took their chances as Stephen Walsh scored his first goal for the club and Tom King wrapped matters up in injury time when adding the second.

The first half provided little in the way of entertainment as both sides started the game with several changes from their previous games. The home side created a half chance on 11 minutes when Jason Molloy skipped past Damien Rushe and then beat the full-back a second time with a neat drag back before picking out the inrushing King, whose header lacked direction as it flew across Pat Jennings’ goal and wide.

Athlone’s Brian McCarthy had a header cleared of the post by the alert James Casserly on 25 minutes following an Eric Molloy corner from the right. Niall Scullion – who was lively on the right wing in the opening period for the visitors – hit a shot straight at Conor Gleeson after getting the better of Walsh after 36 minutes.

The first real spark of life in the game arrived on 39 minutes when Mervue’s Molloy picked up a Pat Hoban pass and proceeded to strike a brilliant swerving effort into the top corner, but Jennings produced a marvellous save to deny the winger with King flashing the loose ball across the empty goal.

The second period did produce a lot more goalmouth action as both sides went in search of the win. Four minutes after the re-start and Alan Murphy turned well on the edge of the box but his well struck low effort saw Jennings produce another good stop down low.

Mervue should have hit the front just after the hour mark when a clever flick from Alan Murphy released Walsh through on goals but he delayed and completely miscued his effort badly wide with just Jennings to beat.

Athlone almost made Glynn’s side pay for that miss as Mark Walsh headed Barry O’Mahoney’s dangerous cross against the post from close range and Mark Sherlock blasted the rebound over

Gleeson’s crossbar on 68 minutes.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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