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GALWAY WEST – 9th Count – Ó Clochartaigh eliminated

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 27-Feb-2011


Sinn Féin candidate Trevor Ó Clochartaigh was eliminated in the 9th Count in Galway West – with a total vote of 4,681.

The count – the surplus votes after Ó Cuív’s election – saw him secure a further 95 votes.

He managed to build significantly on the support after running in two local elections. He previously stood for the Labour Party in the Connemara local electoral area, when he polled just 619 first preference votes.

In 2009, he stood for Sinn Féin in the same electoral area, and increased his first preference vote to 893.

In Galway West yesterday, he polled 3,807 first preferences – a huge boost for the republican party.

The biggest vote winner from the surplus distribution was Noel Grealish, with 396.

Ó Clochartaigh’s 4,681 votes 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:

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

Ninth Count: Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,034 distributed

Nolan (Lab) (+107) 9,435

Grealish (Ind) (+396) 8,308

Walsh B (FG) (+101) 7,345

Healy Eames (FG) (+89) 6,814

Kyne (FG) (+84) 6,735

Connolly (Ind) (+162) 6,573

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+95) 4,681

Ó Clochartaigh eliminated. His votes 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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A battle of talent and the ability to pull in public votes

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 11-Mar-2013

Here is a question. And there is no holiday or grand prize for getting the answer. But can anyone name the people who have won The Voice of Ireland and what has become of them?

Over across the water in the UK they have The X Factor and while I hate the concept of it, it has produced a few stars even though they don’t last long in the whole scheme of things.

But The Voice of Ireland seems to generate false excitement with the winner ending up become more anonymous than they already were. And it is costing families a fortune in the process.

While the programme is a ratings winner, strangely, it has resulted in those getting through to the final stages investing huge amounts of money in the hope that they will receive enough votes to get through to the next stages.

So, suddenly, it is not about the voice or the talent involved, it is all about votes and who the participants can convince to pledge their support for them. So it is obvious that talent goes out the window.

It means that someone with half a talent could realistically win the whole thing if they generated enough support behind them. From now on, the judges will be taken out of the equation and it will be left to the public to generate income for some phone operator.

Those who get through to the live performances have to engage in a massive publicity campaign in an effort to win votes which makes this whole effort a pure sham. It is no longer about their ability and just an effort to win appeal.

While the initial process does involve some vetting of the acts, now it becomes a general election type exercise in which the most popular will win the competition and the judges will have no say whatsoever.

It is a bit like the recent Eurosong in which the judging panel across the country voted for their favourite song, which incidentally was the best of a very bad lot, but then this was overturned by the public who chose a relatively crap song to represent us.

But again, this was all down to convincing the public about who to vote for rather than having any bearing on the quality on offer. There are times that genuine talent becomes overlooked because of the need to extract money from the voting public.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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