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NUIG spot on in Cup but OLBC and Bohs bow out



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NUIGalway, Mervue United, Colmanstown and Corrib Celtic are the four Galway sides who have advanced to the national open draw of the FAI Junior Cup following a weekend of action which saw four very well contested games with two of them eventually being decided on penalties.

It was also a good few days for Galway representative sides as the U15, U16 and U18 teams scored seventeen goals in the process of wins over Mayo, Athlone and Clare sides.


NUI Galway      3

Dynamo Blues 3

(NUIG won 3-1 on pens)

On three occasions the students led in this cup tie, but on each occasion the Tuam side responded and eventually it was the quality of the penalty taking that was to be the visitor’s downfall as they could just convert one of the efforts as Derek O’Flaherty, Billy Clery and Ciaran Foley were all spot on for the students as they advanced 3-1 in the shootout.

Despite six goals being scored, another feature of the contest was the quality of goalkeeping provided by Liam Grant and Tom Noone.

Now it was the students who led on three occasions-only to be pegged back each time by a competitive Blues. Gareth Gorman set up the opener for O’Flaherty, with Dave Shallow providing the assist as Mark Sweeney levelled matters before the break.

The resumption saw Noone keep out a Martin Conneely header, but Gorman was first to the rebound to make it 2-1. John Farragher levelled matters with a close range finish as it finished 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes.

A smart finish by Philip Reilly restored the home side’s advantage in the first half of extra time, but Farragher rescued Blues once more with a header following a Carton delivery in the closing minutes.

They travel to Donegal to face Lagan Harps in the last 64.


Colmanstown 2

(Colmanstown won

4-2 on pens)

Boys’ Club will certainly wonder how they managed to lose this one as they led by 2-1 with just five minutes remaining, while their opponents were down to 10 men and then in the shootout it was the visitors who kept their nerve to advance.

It was the home side who took the lead when Jimmy Jennings lobbed the advancing Joe Flannery from close range for the opener, but Ray Moran sat up Colin O’Grady for the equaliser.

Then with just seven minutes left a Kieran Caldwell far post finish restored the city side’s lead, but despite Colmanstown having two players red carded in separate incidents, they somehow tied up matter at 2-2 when Barry Donnellon blasted home from close range.


The home side could not take advantage of the two man difference in the 20 minutes of extra time and when it came to the penalty contest it was the visitors who prevailed by 4-2.

In the remaining tie, an opening half Chris Greaney goal gave Corrib Celtic a 1-0 away win over Bohemians at Millar’s Lane.


For more read page 26 of 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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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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