GALWAY WEST – 12th Count – Walsh elected
Date Published: 01-Mar-2011
Another recount is on the cards in Galway West. Following the distribution of Healy Eames’ votes, Walsh was deemed elected and Catherine Connolly was ahead of Sean Kyne by 58.
Grealish is safe, with around 750 votes, and will take the fourth seat. The final seat is between Connolly and Kyne, and that will be decided by the distribution of Walsh’s surplus. It will be so close, a second recount is almost inevitable.
Number of seats: 5
Total Poll: 61,268
Valid Poll: 60,647
Nolan (Lab) 7,491
Cuív (FF) 7,447
Grealish (Ind) 6,232
Walsh B (FG) 5,426
Healy Eames (FG) 5,049
Connolly (Ind) 4,771
Kyne (FG) 4,556
O Clochartaigh (SF) 3,807
Naughton (FG) 3,605
Fahey (FF) 3,446
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) 7,674
Cuív (FF) (+45) 7,492
Grealish (Ind) (+117) 6,349
Walsh B (FG) (+48) 5,474
Healy Eames (FG) (+34) 5,083
Connolly (Ind) (+207) 4,978
Kyne (FG) (+31) 4,587
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+119) 3,926
Naughton (FG) (+49) 3,654
Fahey (FF) (+26) 3,472
Welby (Ind) (+27) 3,325
Crowe (FF) (+41) 1,855
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) 8,008
Cuív (FF) (+61) 7,553
Grealish (Ind) (+50) 6,399
Walsh B (FG) (+42) 5,516
Connolly (Ind) (+241) 5,219
Healy Eames (FG) (+93) 5,176
Kyne (FG) (+49) 4,636
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+72) 3,998
Naughton (FG) (+90) 3,744
Fahey (FF) (+15) 3,487
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) 8,268
Cuív (FF) (+102) 7,655
Grealish (Ind) (+193) 6,592
Walsh B (FG) (+129) 5,645
Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,504
Healy Eames (FG) (+117) 5,293
Kyne (FG) (+74) 4,710
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+97) 4,095
Naughton (FG) (+113) 3,857
Fahey (FF) (+37) 3,524
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) 8,465
Cuív (FF) (+549) 8,204
Grealish (Ind) (+221) 6,813
Walsh B (FG) (+225) 5,870
Connolly (Ind) (+104) 5,608
Healy Eames (FG) (+57) 5,350
Kyne (FG) (+25) 4,735
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+45) 4,140
Naughton (FG) (+50) 3,907
Fahey (FF) (+307) 3,831
Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,504
Welby eliminated. Distribution of his 3,504.
Cuív (FF) (+729) 8,933
Nolan (Lab) (+240) 8,705
Grealish (Ind) (+306) 7,119
Walsh B (FG) (+95) 5,965
Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,893
Kyne (FG) (+1,012) 5,747
Healy Eames (FG) (+140) 5,490
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+266) 4,406
Fahey (FF) (+184) 4,015
Naughton (FG) (+85) 3,992
Naughton eliminated. Distribution of Naughton’s 3,992.
Seventh Count: Naughton’s transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+416) 9,121
Cuív (FF) (+108) 9,041
Grealish (Ind) (+208) 7,327
Walsh B (FG) (+1,044) 7,009
Healy Eames (FG) (+1,055) 6,545
Kyne (FG) (+730) 6,477
Connolly (Ind) (+260) 6,152
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+40) 4,446
Fahey (FF) (+45) 4,060
Fahey Eliminated. Distribution of his 4,060.
Eighth Count: Fahey’s transfers
Cuív (FF) (+2,101) 11,142 deemed elected
Nolan (Lab) (+190) 9,311
Grealish (Ind) (+591) 7,918
Walsh B (FG) (+234) 7,243
Healy Eames (FG) (+170) 6,715
Kyne (FG) (+151) 6,628
Connolly (Ind) (+242) 6,395
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+140) 4,586
Non transferable: 241
Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,034 will now be distributed
Ninth Count: Ó Cuív’s surplus distributed:
Nolan (Lab) (+108) 9,419
Grealish (Ind) (+397) 8,315
Walsh B (FG) (+101) 7,344
Healy Eames (FG) (+89) 6,804
Kyne (FG) (+84) 6,712
Connolly (Ind) (+160) 6,555
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+95) 4,681
Ó Clochartaigh eliminated. Distribution of his votes next.
Tenth Count: Ó Clochartaigh transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+1,015) 10,434 deemed elected
Grealish (Ind) (370) 8,685
Connolly (Ind) (+1,656) 8,211
Walsh (FG) (+146) 7,490
Kyne (FG) (+ 326) 7,038
Healy Eames (+189) 6993
Nolan elected and his surplus of 326 will be redistributed.
Eleventh count: Distribution of Nolan’s surplus
Grealish (Ind) (+54) 8,739
Connolly (Ind) (+168) 8,379
Walsh (FG) (+28) 7,518
Kyne (FG) (+45) 7,083
Healy Eames (+31) 7,024
Healy Eames eliminated. Distribution of her votes next.
Twelfth Count: Distribution of Healy Eames votes.
Grealish (Ind) (+1,077) 9,816
Connolly (Ind) (+709) 9,088
Walsh (FG) (+2,706) 10,224
Kyne (FG) (+1947) 9,030
Walsh deemed elected.
Transfer of surplus of 116 in next count.
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.