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Date Published: 26-Feb-2011


In a dramatic twist in Galway East, Colm Keaveney has a realistic chance of taking an historic Labour seat.

He is a crucial 732 ahead of Tuam FG candidate Tom McHugh with independent candidate Sean Canney having been eliminated.

Keaveney will be hoping to stay well head of McHugh when Canney’s votes are transferred. McHugh has a huge gap to bridge and the odds are not in his favour of doing this.

Canney is a Tuam candidate and while McHugh will get more transfers than Keaveney, he has a lot of ground to make up and it would be a major achievement if he achieved this.

There are 6,400 Canney transfers to be distributed and no one could dare call it for definite at this point.

Number of seats: 4

Electorate: 83,651

Total poll: 59,836

Total valid poll: 59,319

Quota: 11,864


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 (FG) (+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

Connolly eliminated


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

Dolan eliminated


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

Higgins eliminated


Distribution of Higgins’ votes

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 (FG) (+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

Canney eliminated


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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