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GALWAY WEST – 8th Count – Ó Cuív elected

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 27-Feb-2011

By Dara Bradley

Outgoing Minister Éamon Ó Cuív has been elected on the eighth count. He is the first candidate to fill a seat in Galway West.

Ó Cuív was first elected to the Dáil in 1992 and has held his seat since then.

A grandson of former President and former Taoiseach Éamon de Valera, the founder of Fianna Fáil, Ó Cuív is just the 15th member of the party to be elected across the country so far.

Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,034 will now be distributed.

Number of seats: 5

Electorate: 88, 840

Total Poll: 61, 268

Valid Poll: 60,728

Quota: 10,122

First Count:

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.

Second Count:

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

Non-transferable: 70

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

Non-Transferable: 54

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

Non-Transferable: 97

Welby eliminated. Sixth count will resume at 9am Sunday to distribute 3,505 transfers of Welby

Sixth Count:

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

Non-Transferable: 164

Naughton eliminated. Distribution of Naughton’s 3,994.

Seventh Count: Naughton’s transfers

Nolan (Lab) (+416) 9,138

Cuív (FF) (+108) 9,056

Grealish (Ind) (+208) 7,324

Walsh B (FG) (+1,045) 7,010

Healy Eames (FG) (+1,057) 6,554

Kyne (FG) (+730) 6,500

Connolly (Ind) (+260) 6,169

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+40) 4,446

Fahey (FF) (+45) 4,061

Fahey Eliminated.

Eighth Count: distribution of Fahey’s vote

Cuív (FF) (+2,100) 11,156 elected

Nolan (Lab) (+190) 9,328

Grealish (Ind) (+588) 7,912

Walsh B (FG) (+234) 7,244

Healy Eames (FG) (+171) 6,725

Kyne (FG) (+151) 6,651

Connolly (Ind) (+242) 6,411

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+140) 4,586

Non transferable: 245

Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,034 will now be distributed.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy



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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BallinasloeÕs young squad aiming to floor Armagh junior champs

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 24-Jan-2013

A new chapter in the history of Ballinasloe football will be written at Breffni Park, Cavan, on Sunday when Sean Riddell’s young side take on Ulster champions An Port Mor of Armagh in the All-Ireland Junior semi-final (2pm).

It’s the first competitive game outside the province of Connacht in 33 years for Galway football’s ‘sleeping giant’ with the enticing prospect of an appearance at Croke Park on February 9 on offer for the winners of what should be a competitive tie.

Ballinasloe have romped through Connacht since overcoming a couple of tricky hurdles on their way to collecting the Galway junior title, which was their target for the campaign this time last year.

With a return to Intermediate football secured, Riddell’s youngsters really have nothing to lose – while their triumphant march to county and provincial titles has revived memories of the club’s glory days when they contested three Galway senior finals in a row between 1979 and ’81.

Intriguingly, the seniors of St Grellan’s never got to play in Croke Park when they reached the All-Ireland final back in 1980 – they lost by 3-9 to 0-8 to St Finbarr’s of Cork in Tipperary Town.

This team’s progression has provided rich rewards for an abundance of hard work at underage levels in the past ten to 15 years and the current side’s ‘do or die’ attitude was very much in evidence in the cliffhanger wins over Tuam and Clifden in the domestic championship.


They are a well-balanced side who really never know when they are beaten and have an inspirational leader in county panelist Keith Kelly, whose exploits at centre back have been among the key components in their dramatic run to reach the All-Ireland series.

Riddell, who recalls playing senior football with the club during their heyday, is determined to get Ballinasloe back among the county’s leading clubs but, for the moment, he is delighted just to have a shot at getting to Croke Park in a bid to emulate Clonbur’s achievement in winning the title outright last year.

Riddell went to Newry on a ‘spying mission’ to see the Armagh champions overcome Brackaville of Tyrone by 2-9 to 0-11 in November – and was impressed by the quality of the football produced by An Port Mor in the Ulster final.

“They are a nicely balanced side who play good football,” he said. “There was a bit of the physical stuff you’d expect from two Ulster side, but I was impressed by their performance.”

An Port Mor became the first Armagh side to win the provincial junior decider. First half goals from Shane Nugent and Christopher Lennon sent them on the road to victory, before a red card for Brackaville captain Cahir McGuinness eased their progress to the All-Ireland series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Coalition promised an ocean of reform Ð but the wind has gone out of its sails

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 30-Jan-2013


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