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Yoffe goal takes the points as Utd get the better of Bohs once again



Date Published: {J}

Bohemian FC 0

Galway United 1

Daire Walsh

Galway United’s excellent recent form against Bohemians continued in Dalymount Park last Friday evening, when a 60th minute strike by Joseph Yoffe gave them all three points as United made it four wins from their last five meetings with Pat Fenlon’s side.

It was a first win of the season for The Tribesmen, and manager Sean Connor will be hoping that his troops can push on from here as they aim to leave a tough pre-season campaign behind them.

Having lost to St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk in their opening two matches, United possibly deserved more than the draw they got against UCD last week, with Connor saying after that game that he felt it was two points dropped and so his side would have to pick up points elsewhere.

He didn’t have long to wait, as Yoffe’s goal on the hour mark on Friday night means United have now taken 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five games with the Dalymount Park club, and while they are just one off the bottom of the table, the win will give them a massive lift ahead of the visit of Sligo Rovers top Terryland Park this coming Friday night.

Bohs, who have introduced a number of young players to their first-team squad for this season, had to re-shuffle their attack when star striker Chris Fagan was ruled out through injury, with Anto Flood deployed as a lone striker, with Stephen Traynor playing in the role just behind him.

The changes seemed to work quite well initially, as Bohs made a promising start to the game, and were presented with the first real chance of the game with just 10 minutes gone when good approach work by Traynor and Flood presented Robert Bayly with a chance just inside the United penalty area, but the former Sporting Fingal man was well off target in the end.

Bohs continued to cause problems for United, with Killian Brennan in particular being a real threat out wide. In fact, the Drogheda native went close to opening the scoring just six minutes later when he was played through by skipper Owen Heary, but his subsequent shot was just wide of the right-hand post.

United, on the other hand, were finding that chances were few and far between during the opening quarter, but they did have a lively operator in Yoffe, who looked threatening whenever he gained possession in the final third.

Karl Moore was also causing Bohs plenty of problems on the ball, and he was the catalyst behind United’s best chance just seven minutes before the break, as he waltzed his way through The Gypsies’ defence before attempting a through-ball to Yoffe, whose eventual charge down on a Mark Rossiter clearance almost went all the way past Barry Murphy in the Bohs goal.

After something of a lull in their performance levels, Bohs finished the half in good form, but the closest they came was an effort from former United striker Flood which went narrowly wide.

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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