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Galway juveniles come up trumps in cross country



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THERE were some fantastic results for Galway juveniles over the two weekends of the Connacht Cross Country. The even ages took place on Saturday week in Sligo Racecourse and the uneven ages took place last weekend in Ballinamore, Co.Leitrim.


Though no Galway clubs took team golds in the Sligo juvenile events, there were some excellent individual results. Aoife Sheehy of GCH took silver in the Girls U12s, while in the girls U14 race, Dearbhaile Walshe of Craughwell won gold ahead of Shannon Lee of Athenry AC.

Running above his age category, Matthew Barrett of Craughwell was 3rd in the U14 boys race. Craughwell were second in this race by a mere point. Maeve Brannigan of GCH was 3rd in the U16 race with Jamie Spellman of Craughwell 3rd in the boys equivalent.

Michelle Maher of GCH finished second in the U18 girls race and John Mulrooney of GCH was placed 3rd in the boys U18 event. Keith Fallon of GCH was second in a very hotly contested Junior boys race.


Craughwell AC had a fantastic day in Leitrim, winning five team titles and two individual titles on Sunday. The U11 girls 1500m race was won in splendid form by Athenry AC’s Finola Kelly, while the Craughwell AC girls ran well with Sarah McCartin leading the team home in 6th place.

Next in after Sarah, Ailbhe Miskella stepped up an age to record a fantastic 12th place, with the rest of the team hot on her heels – Roisin Hansbury 18th, Emma Urquhart 21st, Abigail McNally 23rd, Niamh Treacy 31st, Catherine Noonan 38th and Leighla O’Boyle 40th. This gave them a two point advantage over Ballina and Swinford.

Galway City Harriers (Christian Flaherty (8th), Rian Oats (11th), Johnathan McGrath (12th) and Robert McDonnell won the U11 boys race with Brandon Lee of Athenry AC the top Galway finisher in second place. Brandon’s Athenry AC teammates Mark O Brian, Dean Tracey (24th) and Shea Hennessy (39th) did enough to secure the club a bronze medal.

The Craughwell AC U13 girls continued the trend with Dearbhaile Walshe running a fantastic race to take the Connacht 2500m individual title and, in the process, lead her team to the Connacht team title with 51 points ahead of North Sligo on 62 points and Claremorris on 82 points. This means Dearbhaile had both U13 and U14 Connacht titles to her name this season – a great achievement.

The team scoring was completed by strong running from Erin Fitzpatrick in 15th, Grace Whirskey 16th, Aoife Greene 19th, Ciara O’Boyle 22nd and Alice Whirskey 23rd. Shannon Lee of Athenry AC had a fantastic run to finish 3rd in the race.


Not to be outdone by their female peers, the Craughwell AC U13 boys won their event as well with a superb performance. The race was won by Matthew Barrett, followed by Liam Moran who had the lead for a considerable part of the race. James Cahalane was 4th and Brian Loughnane finished 7th. This total of 14 points was by far the biggest winning margin of the day.

The success story for Craughwell AC continued with the U15 girls claiming the Connacht title in their 3500m race – with a score of 30 points and led home by Ciara Greene in 3rd place, Grainne McDaid 7th, Sinead Treacy 8th and Leanne Freaney 12th.

For more, read this week’s Connacht 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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