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Another five-star display from runaway leaders

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In league action Corrib Rangers can do no wrong as they extended their lead at the top of the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division to 12 points with a 5-1 drubbing of Salthill Devon at Drom on Sunday morning.

The only unbeaten team in the top flight were hitting five for the second league game in succession and while just a Martin Connell header separated the sides at the interval, four second half strikes certainly put the home side to the sword.

Ronan Quinlivan who also provided the assist for the opener released David Smith on the resumption and he broke clear to make it 2-0 with a low shot. Substitute Mark Joyce made a huge contribution on his introduction and successive passes set up leading scorer Barry Moran and the front man made it 4-0 with two classic finishes.

Quinlivan was rewarded for his enterprise by notching the fifth as he finished off a Conor Cleary cross. The home side got a late consolation goal to take the bare look off proceedings.

Rangers now lead the table by 12 points from Athenry, but the second placed side do enjoy two games in hand and it is difficult to see any other side being in contention as the league enters the final third of the season.

In the only other Premier League game played Mervue United were easy 4-1 winners over Bohemians at Millar’s Lane. Two up at the break through efforts by Colie Kelly and Stephen Cunningham, they went four up as Tommy Walsh and Derek McWalter both added to their tally, before Alan Byrnes got a late reward for the home side. The win moves Mervue into the top half of the table.

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JUNIOR CUP

Eight Connacht Junior Cup ties were down for decision over the weekend, but only four games saw any action as walkovers and postponements resulted in a number of sides having no games.

The much anticipated game between West United and Oranmore was postponed, as was the tie in Sligo where bad weather resulted in East United not having to travel to face Gurteen.

Neither Hibernians nor Athenry saw action either as their opponents, Calry Bohs and Strokestown, conceded walkovers, while the outcome in Colmanstown was inconclusive as their tie against Westport finished scoreless after 90 minutes, but extra time and penalties was not marked on the match card and the referee deemed the game over at the end of normal time.

The point of contention now is whether the game will

continue in Colmanstown or if it goes to a replay in Westport.

At Dangan, NUI Galway were always chasing Carbury where it finished level at 2-2, but the Sligo side prevailed 4-3 following extra time. Twice the students trailed but on each occasion goals by Mikey Creane levelled matters. His opener was created by a Liam Grant clearance as he raced away from the cover to finish, while his second came courtesy of a late spot kick after he was upended in the box.

However in extra time Carbury stretched their advantage to 4-2, before a Tristan Ryder goal in the closing minutes made it competitive until the final whistle.

Renmore also brought their game away to Coolera Rovers to extra time before two goals settled matters in favour of the Sligo side. It was a contest that could have gone either way, with Alan Concannon outstanding for the visitors.

Tuam Celtic advanced courtesy of a 2-0 win over Corrib Celtic.

For more, read page 28 of this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

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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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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show

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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013

SLIGO 0-9

GALWAY 1-4

FRANK FARRAGHER IN ENNISCRONE

GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.

The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.

There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.

It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.

Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.

Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.

Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.

Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.

Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.

Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr

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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013

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