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6th Count Gort-Kinvara

Dave O'Connell



Gort Kinvara First Count
Electorate 17,335
Seats 5
Total Poll 10,335
Spoiled votes 178
Valid Poll 10,157
Quota 1,693

Joe Byrne (FG) 2,751 ELECTED
PJ Murphy (FG) 1,615
Martina Kinnane (FF) 1,479
Gerry Finnerty (FF) 818
Kevin Fahey (FF) 812
Fionn Kiely ( FG) 597
Geraldine Donohue (Ind) 537
Cormac Mac Gowan (I4C) 429
Hubert Geoghegan (Ind) 407
Declan Diviney (Ind) 390
Emma O’Connell (Renua) 322


Second Count
PJ Murphy (FG) 1,615 (+281) 1,896
Martina Kinnane (FF) 1,479 (+76) 1,555
Gerry Finnerty (FF) 818 (+150) 968
Kevin Fahey (FF) 812 (+109) 921
Fionn Kiely ( FG) 597 (+139) 736
Geraldine Donohue (Ind) 537 (+86) 623
Hubert Geoghegan (Ind) 407 (+74) 481
Declan Diviney (Ind) 390 (+73) 463
Cormac Mac Gowan (I4C) 429 (+32) 461
Emma O’Connell (Renua) 322 (+38) 360


Third Count
Distribution of Murphy’s surplus votes

Martina Kinnane (FF) 1,555 (+14) 1,569
Gerry Finnerty (FF) 968 (+28) 996
Kevin Fahey (FF) 921 (+14) 935
Fionn Kiely ( FG) 736 (+84) 820
Geraldine Donohue (Ind) 623 (+19) 642
Hubert Geoghegan (Ind) 481 (+14) 495
Declan Diviney (Ind) 463 (+11) 474
Cormac Mac Gowan (I4C) 461 (+5) 466
Emma O’Connell (Renua) 360 (+14) 374

O’Connell eliminated

Fourth Count
Distribution of O’Connell’s votes

Martina Kinnane (FF) 1,569 (+50) 1,619
Gerry Finnerty (FF) 996 (+20) 1,016
Kevin Fahey (FF) 935 (+25) 960
Fionn Kiely ( FG) 820 (+26) 846
Geraldine Donohue (Ind) 642 (+48) 690
Hubert Geoghegan (Ind) 495 (+62) 557
Cormac Mac Gowan (I4C) 466 (+49) 515
Declan Diviney (Ind) 474 (+27) 501

Diviney eliminated

Fifth Count

Martina Kinnane (FF) 1,619 (+12) 1,631
Gerry Finnerty (FF) 1,016 (+125) 1,141
Kevin Fahey (FF) 960 (+76) 1,036
Fionn Kiely ( FG) 846 (+27) 873
Geraldine Donohue (Ind) 690 (+87) 777
Hubert Geoghegan (Ind) 557 (+59) 616
Cormac Mac Gowan (I4C) 515 (+31) 546

Mac Gowan eliminated

Sixth Count
(Distribution of McGowan’s vote)

Martina Kinnane (FF) (+49) 1,680
Gerry Finnerty (FF) (+12) 1,153
Kevin Fahey (FF) (+18) 1,054
Fionn Kiely ( FG) (+67) 940
Geraldine Donohue (Ind) (+132) 909
Hubert Geoghegan (Ind) (+86) 702
Geoghegan eliminated

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Two arrested in Galway over spate of burglaries

Enda Cunningham



Two men in County Galway have been arrested as part of a Garda investigation into a series of burglaries in businesses in Limerick and Tipperary.

As part of the operation, three houses were searched yesterday (Saturday) morning in Co Galway and two men in their 20s were arrested. They were brought to Henry Street and Roxboro Road Garda stations in Limerick, where they were detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

During the search operation, two vehicles were also seized for technical examination.

The eight burglaries were carried out in the Limerick and Tipperary area in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

As part of these investigations, an operation was put in place by detective Gardaí from Henry Street Garda station with the assistance of the Armed Support Unit in the Western Region and Gardaí from Tipperary, Limerick and Galway.

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Branar reaching for skies at former airport

Judy Murphy



Marc Mac Lochlainn, the director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí.

Lifestyle – The disused terminal at Galway Airport is being transformed for Sruth na Teanga, an immersive journey through centuries of Irish language and culture. Created by theatre company Branar, it was commissioned by Galway 2020 and will use puppetry, music, video and live performance to give audiences a fresh insight into the oldest vernacular language in Western Europe. Its creator and director, Marc Mac Lochlainn talks to JUDY MURPHY.

Entering the terminal of Galway Airport is like visiting the place that time forgot.

The desks for Avis and Budget Travel are still in place, exactly as they were when the facility closed nine years ago. So too are signs saying ‘Departures’ and ‘Garda and Customs only’, while the yellow pay-machines for the empty car-park stand abandoned by the main door and wind howls through the deserted building.

At the reception desk, a dog-eared copy of Dan Brown’s novel, Deception, is a lonesome reminder of the days when people thronged through this airport, carrying reading material for their flights.

“It’s a bit like the Mary Celeste,” says Marc Mac Lochlainn, the director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí with a mischievous grin. He’s referring to the American shipwreck that was found abandoned off the Azores in 1872, with everything perfectly intact but its crew missing.

At the height of Storm Brendan, with the rain lashing and wind howling, the space does feel eerie, but from March 2-29, thanks to Branar, it will become home to magical forests, streams and islands for one of the main events of Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture.

Branar’s new show, Sruth na Teanga, was commissioned by 2020 as one of its flagship productions.  Now the theatre company has just over a month to transform the abandoned terminal building into a space for an immersive journey capturing the evolution of Western Europe’s oldest written, and still spoken, language. That language is Irish – a subject which caused so many people so much angst at school.

Marc is aware of this difficult legacy, but points out that Irish language and its culture far predates what has happened to it in the 20th Century at the hands of the Irish education system.

And that’s what Sruth na Teanga – based on the metaphor of a river – is all about. With puppetry, music, video mapping and live performance, it’s for children and adults and Marc hopes it will give people a fresh appreciation for Irish and its ongoing role in shaping us as a nation, through our place-names, our stories, our songs and the way we view the world.

Transforming the deserted airport terminal for this production will be no small feat but then Branar have never been short of ambition, as anyone who has seen their magical productions, such as How to Catch a Star and Woolly’s Quest, will be aware.

Sruth na Teanga has been evolving since 2015 when Galway first sought the European Capital of Culture designation and invited people such as Marc to dream big.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corofin stand 60 minutes away from club football crowning glory

John McIntyre



Corofin's Colin Brady is tackled by Paul Kerrigan of Nemo Rangers in the All-Ireland club semi-final. The reigning champions face Kilcoo of Down in Sunday's showdown at Croke Park.

IT’S a date with destiny like none other in the history of club Gaelic football. A team from Galway trying to go where no parish team has gone before.

Protecting a remarkable 35-match unbeaten run, Corofin stand on the threshold of becoming the first team to win three All-Ireland club senior titles on the trot.

It would represent a phenomenal achievement and the crowning glory for the Galway champions who have been such a compelling force over the past decade.

Standing in their way are All-Ireland final debutants, Kilcoo from Down, and while Corofin are red-hot favourite, the biggest occasion on the club GAA calendar has been littered with upsets down through the years.

It’s not in the nature of Kevin O’Brien’s charges to take anything for granted, however, and if they bring their A-game to Croke Park for the third year running, Corofin will have secured a cherished place in the record books on Sunday night.

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