Date Published: 27-Feb-2011
BY DECLAN TIERNEY
History has been made as Colm Keaveney becomes the first Labour TD in Galway East following the ninth and last count in the Galway East constituency.
Following the distribution of Micheal Kitt’s surplus of 994 votes, Keaveney outpolled his nearest challenger Tom McHugh to leave more than 1,200 votes between them in the end.
His supporters, many of them rigged out in red jackets and tops, carried Keaveney shoulder high as he was confirmed as having taken the fourth seat.
Earlier the other three seats in the constituency went to Micheal Kitt of Fianna Fail, Paul Connaughton and Ciaran Cannon of Fine Gael.
It has taken two days to complete the Galway East count with a 10 hour recount, which was called by Fine Gael’s Tom McHugh on Saturday night, was responsible for the counting of votes going into Sunday night.
Keaveney, Connaughton jnr. and Cannon are TDs for the first time while Kitt is the veteran of the four.
There is no doubt that Keaveney is the surprise package and particularly when he polled just over 4,200 first preferences on the first count and looked doomed to failure.
But in one of the biggest twists in the count, he received an unprecedented 2,440 of a transfer from his running mate Lorraine Higgins in Athenry. It caused the shock of the count.
Prior to that, Tom McHugh looked in prime position to take a third FG seat and was likely to be involved in a head to head with Independent Sean Canney but that scenario was changed dramatically when the Higgins transfer emerged.
FULL GALWAY EAST COUNT
Number of seats: 4
Total poll: 59,836
Spoiled votes: 525
Total valid poll: 59,319
Paul Connaughton jnr. (FG) 7,264
Ciaran Cannon (FG) 6,924
Micheal Kitt (FF) 6,604
Tom McHugh (FG) 5,833
Sean Canney (Ind) 5,567
Jimmy McClearn (FG) 5,392
Timmy Broderick (Ind) 5,146
Colm Keaveney (Lab) 4,261
Michael F. Dolan (FF) 4,107
Dermot Connolly (SF) 3,641
Lorraine Higgins (Lab) 3,577
Emer O’Donnell (Ind) 601
Ciaran Kennedy (GP) 402
O’Donnell and Kennedy eliminated.
Distribution of O’Donnell’s and Kennedy’s votes
Connaughton (FG) (+55) 7,319
Cannon (FG) (+134) 7,058
Kitt (FF) (+47) 6,651
McHugh (FG) (+37) 5,870
Canney (Ind) (+78) 5,645
McClearn (FG) (+45) 5,437
Broderick (Ind) (+105) 5,251
Keaveney (Lab) (+89) 4,350
Dolan (FF) (+46) 4,153
Higgins (Lab) (+136) 3,813
Connolly (SF) (+88) 3,729
Distribution of Connolly’s votes
Connaughton (FG) (+247) 7,566
Cannon (FG) (+207) 7,265
Kitt (FG) (+229) 6,880
Broderick (Ind) (+1,036) 6,287
McHugh (FG) (+83) 5,953
Canney (Ind) (+295) 5,940
McClearn (FG) (+194) 5,631
Keaveney (Lab) (+350) 4,700
Higgins (Lab) (+609) 4,422
Dolan (FF) (+135) 4,288
Distribution of Dolan’s votes
Kitt (FG) (+2668) 9,548
Connaughton (FG) (+244) 7,810
Cannon (FG) (+297) 7,562
Broderick (Ind) (+238) 6,525
Canney (Ind) (+187) 6,127
McHugh (FG) (+84) 6,037
McClearn (FG) (+143) 5,774
Keaveney (Lab) (+92) 4,792
Higgins (Lab) (+227) 4,649
Kitt (FG) (+270) 9,818
Cannon (FG) (+560) 8,122
Connaughton (FG) (+289) 8,099
Keaveney (Lab) (+2,452) 7,244
Broderick (Ind) (+330) 6,855
Canney (Ind) (+214) 6,341
McHugh (FG) (+90) 6,127
McClearn (FG) (+205) 5,979
Distribution of McClearn’s votes
Kitt (FF) (+430) 10,248
Cannon (FG) (+1,840) 9,962
Connaughton (FG) (+1,732) 9,831
Broderick (Ind) (+793) 7,648
Keaveney (Lab) (+227) 7,471
McHugh (FG) (+612) 6,739
Canney (Ind) (+89) 6,430
Distribution of Canney’s votes
Kitt (FF) (+899) 11,147
Connaughton (FG) (+1,052) 10,883
Cannon (FG) (+318) 10,280
Keaveney (Lab) (+1,162) 8,633
Broderick (Ind) (+723) 8,371
McHugh (FG) (+1,630) 8,369
RECOUNT OF SEVENTH COUNT
Kitt (FF) (-32) 11,115
Connaughton (FG) (-4) 10,877
Cannon (FG) (-1) 10,279
Keaveney (Lab) (+3) 8,636
McHugh (FG) (+2) 8,371
Broderick (Ind) (-6) 8,365
Distribution of Broderick’s votes
Kitt (FF) (+1,735) 12,850
Connaughton (FG) (+1,733) 12,610
Cannon (FG) (+1,582) 11,861
Keaveney (Lab) (+1,170) 9,806
McHugh (FG) (+294) 8,665
Kitt, Connaughton and Cannon elected
Distribution of Kitt’s surplus of 994
Keaveney (Lab) (+320) 10,126
McHugh (FG) (+183) 8,848
Keaveney elected without reaching the quota
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.