Five TDs declared in Galway West
Date Published: 02-Mar-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
After almost exactly four days since counting began, Galway West has finally returned five TDs to the constituency – with two Fine Gael candidates being elected for the first time in almost 30 years.
Few people remained in Leisureland when the results of the second recount – requested by Catherine Connolly on foot of a 17 vote gap with FG’s Sean Kyne – was announced at 5.15am today (Wednesday) by Returning Officer Marian Chamber Higgins.
The five new TDs for the constituency are: Éamon Ó Cuív (FF); Derek Nolan (Lab); Brian Walsh (FG); Noel Grealish (Ind) and Sean Kyne (FG).
Proceedings had been delayed initially by Fidelma Healy Eames’ decision to call a recount.
In all, it took almost 100 hours from the moment ballot boxes were opened to the point where Ms Chamber Higgins announced the final two seats.
Following criticisms about a lack of information throughout the counting, rechecking and recounting process, the Returning Officer said it was “difficult to keep people informed because it was a difficult process”.
The final two seats were filled at 8.10am this morning – the new deputies were invited to make speeches, but none took up the offer.
Number of seats: 5
Total Poll: 61,268
Total Valid Poll: 60,625
Nolan (Lab) 7,489
Cuív (FF) 7,441
Grealish (Ind) 6,229
Walsh B (FG) 5,425
Healy Eames (FG) 5,046
Connolly (Ind) 4,766
Kyne (FG) 4,550
O Clochartaigh (SF) 3,808
Naughton (FG) 3,606
Fahey (FF) 3,448
Welby (Ind) 3,298
Crowe (FF) 1,814
Walsh E (Ind) 1,481
Brolchain (GP) 1,120
Cubbard (Ind) 853
Holmes (Ind) 186
King (Ind) 65
King, Holmes, Cubbard eliminated.
Distribution of King, Holmes and Cubbard transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+183) 7,672
Cuív (FF) (+45) 7,486
Grealish (Ind) (+117) 6,346
Walsh B (FG) (+48) 5,473
Healy Eames (FG) (+34) 5,080
Connolly (Ind) (+207) 4,973
Kyne (FG) (+31) 4,581
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+119) 3,927
Naughton (FG) (+49) 3,655
Fahey (FF) (+26) 3,474
Welby (Ind) (+27) 3,325
Crowe (FF) (+41) 1,851
Walsh E (Ind) (+100) 1,581
Ó Brolcháin (GP) (+33) 1,153
Ó Brolcháin eliminated. Distributing his 1,153 votes.
Third Count: Distribution of Ó Brolcháin’s transfers:
Nolan (Lab) (+334) 8,006
Cuív (FF) (+61) 7,547
Grealish (Ind) (+50) 6,396
Walsh B (FG) (+42) 5,515
Connolly (Ind) (+241) 5,214
Healy Eames (FG) (+93) 5,173
Kyne (FG) (+49) 4,630
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+72) 3,999
Naughton (FG) (+90) 3,745
Fahey (FF) (+15) 3,489
Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,345
Crowe (FF) (+15) 1,870
Walsh E (Ind) (+43) 1,624
Walsh E eliminated. Distribution of his 1,624
Distribution of Walsh E (Ind) 1,624 transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+260) 8,266
Cuív (FF) (+102) 7,649
Grealish (Ind) (+193) 6,589
Walsh B (FG) (+129) 5,644
Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,499
Healy Eames (FG) (+117) 5,290
Kyne (FG) (+74) 4,704
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+97) 4,096
Naughton (FG) (+113) 3,858
Fahey (FF) (+37) 3,526
Welby (Ind) (+139) 3,484
Crowe (FF) (+25) 1,895
Crowe eliminated. Distribution of his 1,895 votes.
Fifth Count: Distribution of Crowe’s 1,895 transfers:
Nolan (Lab) (+197) 8,463
Cuív (FF) (+549) 8,198
Grealish (Ind) (+221) 6,810
Walsh B (FG) (+225) 5,869
Connolly (Ind) (+104) 5,603
Healy Eames (FG) (+57) 5,347
Kyne (FG) (+25) 4,729
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+45) 4,141
Naughton (FG) (+50) 3,908
Fahey (FF) (+307) 3,833
Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,504
Welby eliminated. Distribution of his 3,504.
Cuív (FF) (+729) 8,927
Nolan (Lab) (+240) 8,703
Grealish (Ind) (+306) 7,116
Walsh B (FG) (+95) 5,964
Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,888
Kyne (FG) (+1,012) 5,741
Healy Eames (FG) (+140) 5,487
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+266) 4,407
Fahey (FF) (+184) 4,017
Naughton (FG) (+85) 3,993
Naughton eliminated. Distribution of Naughton’s 3,993.
Seventh Count: Naughton’s transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+416) 9,119
Cuív (FF) (+108) 9,035
Grealish (Ind) (+208) 7,324
Walsh B (FG) (+1,044) 7,008
Healy Eames (FG) (+1,055) 6,542
Kyne (FG) (+729) 6,470
Connolly (Ind) (+260) 6,148
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+40) 4,447
Fahey (FF) (+45) 4,062
Fahey Eliminated. Distribution of his 4,062.
Eighth Count: Fahey’s transfers
Cuív (FF) (+2,103) 11,138 deemed elected
Nolan (Lab) (+189) 9,308
Grealish (Ind) (+592) 7,916
Walsh B (FG) (+234) 7,242
Healy Eames (FG) (+170) 6,712
Kyne (FG) (+151) 6,621
Connolly (Ind) (+242) 6,390
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+141) 4,588
Non transferable: 240
Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,033 will now be distributed
Ninth Count: Ó Cuív’s surplus distributed:
Nolan (Lab) (+107) 9,415
Grealish (Ind) (+396) 8,312
Walsh B (FG) (+101) 7,343
Healy Eames (FG) (+89) 6,801
Kyne (FG) (+84) 6,705
Connolly (Ind) (+161) 6,551
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+95) 4,683
Ó Clochartaigh eliminated. Distribution of his votes next.
Tenth Count: Ó Clochartaigh transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+1,016) 10,431 deemed elected
Grealish (Ind) (370) 8,682
Connolly (Ind) (+1,656) 8,207
Walsh (FG) (+148) 7,491
Kyne (FG) (+ 324) 7,029
Healy Eames (+189) 6,990
Nolan elected and his surplus of 326 will be redistributed.
Eleventh count: Distribution of Nolan’s surplus
Grealish (Ind) (+54) 8,736
Connolly (Ind) (+168) 8,375
Walsh (FG) (+29) 7,520
Kyne (FG) (+45) 7,074
Healy Eames (+30) 7,020
Healy Eames eliminated. Distribution of her votes next.
Twelfth Count: Distribution of Healy Eames votes.
Walsh (FG) (+2,707) 10,227
Grealish (Ind) (+1,075) 9,811
Connolly (Ind) (+708) 9,083
Kyne (FG) (+1946) 9,020
Walsh deemed elected. Distribution of Walsh’s surplus of 122 next.
Distribution of Walsh’s surplus
Grealish (Ind) (+18) 9,829
Connolly (Ind) (+12) 9,095
Kyne (FG) (+92) 9,112
Catherine Connolly excluded. Noel Grealish and Sean Kyne deemed elected.
Galway in Days Gone By
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
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
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
Athenry FC 1
Kilbarrack United 2
(After extra time)
For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.
An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.
However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.
They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.
With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.
Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.
Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.
Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.