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Galway can secure ninth minor title in a fascinating final



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MATTIE Murphy and the Galway minor hurlers will be looking to embrace another All-Ireland final weekend when they face Dublin in an attractive national decider against Leinster champions, Dublin at Croke Park this Sunday (1:15pm).

In years to come, the powers-that-be may have to rename the Irish Press Cup – after all, the newspaper has been defunct for almost two decades – as the Mattie Murphy Cup, such has been the impact the Galway manager has had on this competition.

On Sunday, Murphy bids for a sixth title – Galway’s ninth – having guided the young Tribesmen to victory in 1992, ’94, 2004, ’05 and ’09. It is a remarkable record for the Turloughmore native, who has time and again, proved he has an innate ability to spot and nurture underage talent.

That said, Galway – having also claimed titles at this grade under Cyril Farrell in 1983 and John Hardiman in 1999 and 2000 – face one of their greatest challenges on Sunday when they clash with a Dublin outfit who sent pulses racing with their 6-19 to 5-13 victory over Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final.

By half-time of that particular contest, the Dubs led 4-12 to 0-7. Cormac Costello tallied 2-2 in the opening period – he would finish with an incredible 4-2 – while Ciaran Kilkenny and Paul Winters also found the net in the team’s first-half scoring blitz.

Indeed, Dublin’s power, size, aerial prowess and first touch in the semi-final was nothing short of excellent and their total of 6-19 definitely bore testament to that.

Dublin, though, had been building up to such a display for quite a while. Having accounted for Wexford, 1-18 to 3-10, in their opening game in the Leinster championship, they then saw off Westmeath – who had a superb championship with wins over Carlow, Laois and Offaly – in the Leinster semi-final. Shay Boland’s charges won that penultimate provincial championship game 1-16 to 2-7, with substitute Oisín O’Rorke netting a vital 60th minute goal to secure their place in the Leinster decider against Kilkenny.

While there may have been just three points between the teams at the end of that subsequent encounter, Dublin, in truth, were always one step ahead of the Cats. That was mainly due to the proficiency of the lively Costello, who registered their only goal on 30 minutes, Emmet O Conghaile, Ciaran Kilkenny, Winters and O’Rorke.

The Waterford victory just served to underline the quality Dublin have in their side, and this was reflected in the scoring spread – Costello (4-2), Kilkenny (1-5), Winters (1-3), Glenn Whelan, O Conghaile, Aodhan Clabby (0-2 each), among others – in an exceptional 60 minutes of hurling.

But they have their weaknesses. When Waterford, whose defence was simply woeful in the opening period, ran at the Dubs in the second half, they enjoyed better fortunes and, indeed, went on to outscore their rivals by 5-6 to 2-7.

This should offer plenty of encouragement to Galway, who, although not playing to their maximum potential against Clare, still have a number of quality players who have the ability to turn a game on any given moment.

Fair enough, Galway’s half-forward unit struggled to make a scoring impact against Clare, with Jason Flynn, Jonathan Glynn, who worked tirelessly, and Adrian Tuohy not finding the target. One, though, has to believe that this was just a freak occurrence because in the Galway senior championship these three players have made a significant impact.

Tommie Larkins’ Flynn has amassed 10 points (six from play) in three games, while Ardrahan’s Jonathan Glynn and Beagh’s Adrian Tuohy have tallied 1-4 and 0-5 respectively from play already in the group stages of the local senior competition.

If Murphy and his backroom team of trainer Michael Haverty and selectors Michael Fogarty and Michael Flanagan keep their faith in this offensive selection when they announce the team later this week remains to be seen, but certainly there is a lot more in those three players.


For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013




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



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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