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Ryan red card doubles pain for Galway



Date Published: 27-Apr-2010

Galway United 0


St Patrick’s Athletic 2


Galway United are facing a goalkeeping crisis for the visit to Bray Wanderers on Friday night after Barry Ryan was shown a straight red card in a controversial decision by Dublin referee Neil Doyle in last night’s loss to St Patrick’s Athletic in Terryland Park.


United were two down and on the way to defeat when Doyle took centre stage. Brian Cash got away from the United defence, only to have his jersey tugged by Jamie McKenzie outside the box. Doyle blew his whistle and made a gesture forward, leading many to believe he had awarded a penalty.


The United players protested, and as he advanced to add his few words, Ryan kicked the ball forward in frustration. Doyle made a dramatic ducking gesture before marching towards Ryan, reaching to his back pocket and showing the United captain and ‘keeper a red card.


United were furious with the decision, which manager Sean Connor saying afterwards that Doyle explained he had sent off the United ‘keeper for “violent conduct with the ball”. Connor and Doyle viewed the incident again afterwards, but the referee wouldn’t comment and Connor said there was no point in appealing.


It took Doyle a full hour to leave the ground after the game, but as he left, he finally commented to, confirming the red card was for “violent conduct with the ball” and, crucially, answering “yes” when asked if, after watching the incident again, was he happy with the decision, meaning he is unlikely to overturn the red card.


United’s other goalkeeper, Seamus Friel, is out injured, but with the FAI refusing United permission to sign an emergency ‘keeper for the EA Sports Cup clash with Derry City earlier this month, they are unlikely to change their mind this week, meaning Rhys Meynell may end up between the posts again.


As for the rest of the game, the visitors were the first to settle, soon showing why they came into the game as league leaders as they put the home side under pressure from the start, and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the fifth minute.


Damien Lynch and Brian Cash were giving United plenty of problems down the right, and they combined well in the fifth minute with Lynch teeing up Cash for a cross. Paul Byrne controlled well, taking a touch to open up space for the shot, and his effort went across Ryan and inside the far post.


Meynell and James Creaney were having a nightmare on the United left flank, while Byrne was causing the central defender all sorts of problems, and he rose highest to meet Gareth Coghlan’s cross in the 11th minute, but couldn’t direct the ball past Ryan, while he turned provider a minute later, teeing up strike partner Vinny Faherty, but the former United frontman volleyed straight at Ryan.


United were struggling to even get out of their own half, and Pats eventually made their dominance count when extending their lead in the 19th minute.

Once again Cash and Lynch were involved, the former setting up the latter for a shot. Jamie McKenzie got in a crucial block, but the ball spilled for Stuart Byrne who smashed a shot across Ryan for his first of the season.


The home side belatedly got into the game as the half wore on, but they were restricted to long-range pot-shots until Karl Sheppard finally got a sight of goal inside the box, but Gary Rogers was equal to the task, getting down well to his right to save.


The home side also had appeals for a penalty when Tom King’s cross appeared to strike Ian Bermingham on the arm, but referee Neil Doyle waved play on, saying afterwards that while the ball did hit the defender’s hand, it was not intentional and in truth Bermingham had little chance to get out his hand out of the way with King less than a yard away when crossing.


The second half was a tame affair, but it burst into life with a controversial moment 16 minutes from time with Ryan’s second off, and there was further farce when Doyle ordered a new ‘keeper’s jersey for Meynell rather than allowing him wear Ryan’s jersey, which held up the game for five minutes.


Meynell was called into action on a couple of occasion, and was not found wanting either time, saving well from Paul Byrne and Shane Guthrie, but the fact that the home side didn’t have a single shot on goal in the second half tells its own story.


Galway United: Ryan; Conneely, McKenzie, Sinnott, Meynell; King, O’Donnell, McBrien, Creaney (Heary 58); Flood, Sheppard (inj, Sheppard 79).


St Patrick’s Athletic: Rogers; Lynch, Guthrie, Kenna, Bermingham; Cash, S Byrne, McAllister (Mulcahy 88), Coughlan (Guy 84); Faherty, P Byrne (Williams 90).


Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).


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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