Date Published: 27-Feb-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
There have been significant changes in the state of play in Galway West, with Fianna Fáil’s Frank Fahey managing to stay in the race, and running mate Minister Éamon Ó Cuív taking pole position.
Fahey avoided elimination in the 6th Count in Galway West – and with Sean Kyne (FG) ‘leap-frogging’ running mate Fidelma Healy Eames, it looks set to be a battle between the two latter candidates for a second Fine Gael seat.
With the distribution of Thomas Welby’s 3,505 votes, Kyne benefitted the most with 1,012 transfers, followed by Ó Cuív with 729 putting him 226 votes ahead of Labour’s Derek Nolan, who had been topping the poll with a seriously impressive first preference vote.
Hildegarde Naughton (FG) is out of the race, and her 3,994 votes will now be distributed. Party colleague Brian Walsh, also city-based – is expected to benefit significantly from the transfers.
Number of seats: 5
Electorate: 88, 840
Total Poll: 61, 268
Valid Poll: 60,728
Nolan (Lab) 7,502
Cuív (FF) 7,467
Grealish (Ind) 6,231
Walsh B (FG) 5,430
Healy Eames (FG) 5,053
Connolly (Ind) 4,787
Kyne (FG) 4,579
O Clochartaigh (SF) 3,807
Naughton (FG) 3,607
Fahey (FF) 3,449
Welby (Ind) 3,299
Crowe (FF) 1,810
Walsh E (Ind) 1,482
Brolchain (GP) 1,121
Cubbard (Ind) 853
Holmes (Ind) 186
King (Ind) 65
King, Holmes, Cubbard eliminated.
Distribution of King, Holmes and Cubbard transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+183) 7,685
Cuív (FF) (+45) 7,512
Grealish (Ind) (+117) 6,348
Walsh B (FG) (+48) 5,478
Healy Eames (FG) (+35) 5,088
Connolly (Ind) (+208) 4,995
Kyne (FG) (+31) 4,610
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+119) 3,926
Naughton (FG) (+49) 3,656
Fahey (FF) (+26) 3,475
Welby (Ind) (+27) 3,326
Crowe (FF) (+31) 1,851
Walsh E (Ind) (+100) 1,582
Ó Brolcháin (GP) (+33) 1,154
Ó Brolcháin eliminated. Distributing his 1,154 votes.
Third Count: Distribution of Ó Brolcháin’s transfers:
Nolan (Lab) (+335) 8,020
Cuív (FF) (+61) 7,573
Grealish (Ind) (+50) 6,398
Walsh B (FG) (+41) 5,519
Connolly (Ind) (+242) 5,237
Healy Eames (FG) (+94) 5,182
Kyne (FG) (+49) 4,659
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+72) 3,998
Naughton (FG) (+90) 3,746
Fahey (FF) (+15) 3,490
Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,346
Crowe (FF) (+14) 1,865
Walsh E (Ind) (+43) 1,625
Walsh E eliminated. Distribution of his 1,625
Distribution of Walsh E (Ind) 1,625 transfers
Nolan (Lab) (+260) 8,280
Cuív (FF) (+102) 7,675
Grealish (Ind) (+193) 6,591
Walsh B (FG) (+129) 5,648
Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,522
Healy Eames (FG) (+117) 5,299
Kyne (FG) (+74) 4,733
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+97) 4,095
Naughton (FG) (+113) 3,859
Fahey (FF) (+37) 3,527
Welby (Ind) (+139) 3,485
Crowe (FF) (+25) 1,890
Crowe eliminated. Distribution of his 1,890 votes.
Fifth Count: Distribution of Crowe’s 1,890 transfers:
Nolan (Lab) (+199) 8, 479
Cuív (FF) (+544) 8,219
Grealish (Ind) (+221) 6,812
Walsh B (FG) (+223) 5,871
Connolly (Ind) (+104) 5,626
Healy Eames (FG) (+57) 5,356
Kyne (FG) (+25) 4,758
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+45) 4,140
Naughton (FG) (+50) 3,909
Fahey (FF) (+305) 3,832
Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,505
Welby eliminated. Sixth count will resume at 9am to distribute 3,505 transfers of Welby
Cuív (FF) (+729) 8,948
Nolan (Lab) (+243) 8, 722
Grealish (Ind) (+304) 7,116
Walsh B (FG) (+94) 5,965
Connolly (Ind) (+283) 5,909
Kyne (FG) (+1,012) 5,770
Healy Eames (FG) (+141) 5,497
O Clochartaigh (SF) (+266) 4,406
Fahey (FF) (+184) 4,016
Naughton (FG) (+85) 3,994
Naughton eliminated. Distribution of Naughton’s 3,994.
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.