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Hurlers hit by double injury blow for final



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TURLOUGHMORE defender Fergal Moore and Craughwell attacker Niall Healy will both miss Galway’s bid for a ninth National League hurling title when the Tribesmen meet Cork in the decider at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday (7pm).

Moore returned to competitive action with his club last weekend, but suffered a set-back when aggravating an ankle injury. As for Healy – who gave a man of the match display, scoring 2-9 against Cork in the final round-robin tie a fortnight ago – he sustained an ankle injury in Craughwell’s first round senior championship victory over Kiltormer.

Both will be significant losses to the Galway set-up come Sunday.

“Fergal was probably not 100% going into that (club) game, but he had to see where he was in relation to the injury,” said Galway manager John McIntyre. “Unfortunately, Niall also sustained an ankle injury playing for Craughwell in the county championship last weekend. He was still sore on Wednesday, and just time was against him being 100% for the final.

“At this level, you need players 100% injury-free, and right physically, for your big games. Fergal and Niall are understandably big losses, but I am confident we have sufficient options to cope with their absences.”

Indeed, the Galway squad this season has looked extremely formidable, underlined when the Tribesmen’s so called second string defeated the Leesiders on a scoreline of 3-17 to 2-13 in that final group league game at Pearse Stadium earlier in the month.

No wonder, then, the Galway management has been deliberating long and hard over their selection this week, with McIntyre and company delaying naming their starting XV until this evening (Thursday). That said, Colm Callanan will most likely get the nod ahead of James Skehill for the goalkeeping position, while Damien Joyce, captain Shane Kavanagh and All-Star Ollie Canning should make up a resolute full-back line.

The formation of the half-back unit, though, is somewhat of a dilemma. Former captain David Collins should line out at right half back, with either Tony Óg Regan or John Lee filling out the centre-half back berth. The other could then move to No. 7, although Castlegar’s Donal Barry has made a strong claim for a starting position following a number of solid displays throughout Galway’s league campaign.

Ger Farragher will, no doubt, be reinstated to midfield, with St. Thomas’ David Burke, Portumna duo Eoin Lynch and Andy Smith, and Mullagh’s Niall Cahalan all possible options to complete the centre-field partnership.

In attack, Galway welcome back Pearses’ Cyril Donnellan from suspension, although it remains to be seen if Portumna’s Kevin Hayes did enough in the recent Cork clash to merit his selection ahead of Donnellan for the final. Meanwhile, Galway have an abundance of options for the wings, with Aonghus Callanan, Eanna Ryan, Aidan Harte, Iarla Tannian and Smith all viable options.

Inside, one would expect Joe Canning to claim the full-forward berth, with Damien Hayes – having hit 1-2 when introduced against Cork last day out – to feature at corner forward. The other corner forward berth could go to a plethora of players, including Tannian, Harte, Finian Coone or Joe Gantley, who hit an impressive 2-4 for Beagh in their club championship victory over Killimordaly last Saturday.

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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