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Weekend of woe for underage sides in national competitions



Date Published: {J}

Over the weekend nine Galway clubs were in action in the various SFAI age groups and to say that the outcome was a disaster is putting it mildly.

While the luck of the draw had all but two of them away from home, just one win from nine games does not say much for the standing of the local game.

At a time when bywords like ‘coaching’, ‘facilities’, ‘drills’ and ‘emerging talent’ are thrown about like as if all the angles covered, it looks like we are missing the most important word of all – ‘talent’.

It is not as if there games were in the closing stages of the various national competitions, but were mainly in the last 32. Obviously these sides are to be commended on reaching this stage, but the losing sides just scored four goals between them and conceded 34.

All of these sides advanced from the local draw to the national one and are supposed to be the best teams available.

Maree Oranmore were the only Galway side to register a victory and their 6-0 win over Kilnamannagh was pretty emphatic. Aaron Connolly struck a hat trick, while Ronan Ascari, Joshua Keane and Danny Mannering completed their tally.

They have being rewarded with a home tie in the last 16 against either Granada (Dublin) or Auenue United from Ennis.

However, the tale of woe saw Salthill Devon B lose 5-0 away to Mount Merrion in the U-11 Manton Cup, while Cregmore also exited away to Ardee on a 6-2 scoreline.

Barna Furbo were dismissed by 6-1 at home to Malahide United in the U-13 Troy Cup. Evan Coyne capped a marvellous performance by notching the home side’s lone goal and in fairness the visitors scored three of their goals in the last six minutes.

In the U-14 Goodson Cup, Salthill Devon were defeated 6-0 by Templeogue, while Barna Furbo were beaten 2-0 by Leeds United in the U-15 Evans Cup.

Evan a fancied Mervue United could not survive, for despite Andrew Connolly giving them an interval advantage they had to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Malahide United, but subsequently lost the penalty shootout to the hosts in the Evans Cup.


In the U-16 Barry Cup, Salthill Devon and Newbridge Town finished scoreless after extra time in the U-16 Barry Cup at Drom, with the visitors prevailing by 4-1 in a shootout. Corofin United went down by 5-0 away to Ashbourne in the same competition.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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

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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.

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