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Galway constituencies record ‘Yes’ vote on 8th Amendment

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Galway Bay fm – All three Galway constituencies recorded a Yes vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Galway West recorded the highest Yes vote of the three local constituencies at 65.9% (42,422 votes), against 34.1% No (21,906). The turnout was 59.9% and there were 201 spoiled votes.

Galway East recorded at 60.2% (26,525) Yes vote, with 39.8% (17,546) voting No. There was a 63.5% turnout in the constituency and 121 votes were declared spoiled.

In Roscommon-Galway, there was a 65.7% turnout, with a Yes vote of 57.2% (23,677) and 42.8% No (17,709). There were 111 spoiled votes.Unofficial but generally reliable tallies give an insight into how people across the region voted.
Here are some examples of how some people voted across Galway West for ‘yes’ to repeal the 8th Amendment:
Renmore 63%, Doughiska 70%, Tirellan 54%, City Centre 71%, Shantalla 65%, Knocknacarra 70%, Taylors Hill 67%, Moycullen 71%, Barna 66%, Furbo 69%, Spiddal 65%, Oughterard 69%, Oranmore 69%, Annaghdown 66%, Claregalway 64%, Clarinbridge 67%, Castlegar 57%, Lackagh 69%.
Many were surprised at the strong support for repeal in Connemara – with Cleggan the most surprising of all, with a staggering 84% voting yes.
The Aran Islands averaged 66% in favor of repeal, while other levels of support for yes votes in Connemara includes:
Inverin 68%, Tully 61%, Rossaveal 67%, Carraroe 63%, Lettermor 67%, Camus 61%, Rosmuc 48%, Carna 56%, Cashel 65%, Roundstone 67%, Clifden 73%, Leenane 68%, Letterfrack 68%.
The official result for Galway East – the first declared in the country – was also a clear ‘yes’, with just over 60% voting to repeal the 8th amendment.
East Galway had a turnout rate of 63% and the highest support for a yes vote was in Kinvara with over 70% in favor of repeal.
Unofficial tallies also offer an insight into the level of support for a yes vote across East Galway in the following areas:
Tuam 61%, Portumna 53%, Monivea 61%, Athenry 61%, Dunmore 54%, Gort 58%, Kiltullagh 55%.
Galway-Roscommon had the highest turnout rate at 66% – and the constituency also strongly backed a yes vote – with 57% of people voting for repeal.

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Clifden break new ground with a five-star final show

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Clifden's Gearoid King, who has Michael O'Toole in support, breaking out of defence against St Ronan's of Roscommon during Saturday's Connacht Club Junior Football Final at Hyde Park. Photos: Bernie O'Farrell.

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St Ronan’s 0-10

John McIntyre at Hyde Park

A lot can change in one year. Just ask the mould-breaking Clifden junior Gaelic footballers for confirmation.

In the space of 12 months, Galway’s most westerly Gaelic football bastion has gone from fighting relegation to being crowned Connacht champions.

It’s some turnaround in fortunes by any standards, and Clifden are not finished yet with an All-Ireland Club semi-final to look forward to in early January.

Having taken out highly-rated Islandeady of Mayo in the semi-final, suddenly the burden of favouritism for provincial glory fell on Clifden’s shoulders, but they made light of this new-found status at Hyde Park on Saturday.

Coming up against St Ronan’s of Roscommon – a club which was fighting for survival itself just five years ago – in the Connacht final, a progressive Clifden outfit carried too much firepower and quality for opponents who are based close to the Sligo border.

Having suffered defeat in the club’s two previous provincial final appearances – in 2006 and 2015 – Clifden were determined to make it third-time lucky and the fact their supporters rarely had cause for concern underlines how much they were in control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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An Spidéal raise their game after being hit by black card

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Kinvara full forward Joshua O’Connor is challenged by Liam Ó Fatharta and Eoin Ó Conghaile of An Spidéal during Saturday's County U19 B Football Final at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Iain McDonald.

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Kinvara 1-6

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

AN Spidéal claimed the county under 19 B football title on Saturday following an entertaining contest with North board winners Kinvara at Tuam Stadium.

The Connemara side were deserving winners on the day as they played the superior football for long spells. Nevertheless, they were well tested by a hard working Kinvara side, who produced a strong third quarter performance and took the lead in the 43rd minute.

An Spidéal weathered the storm however, to take control of the contest in the final quarter, scoring the final five points of the game to deservedly take the title.They displayed a greater ability to generate scores from play, which made all the difference in the end. An Spidéal’s tallied 1-6 from open play, while Kinvara were held to 0-3 by comparison.

Both sides deserve credit for serving up an entertaining spectacle in tricky conditions at Tuam Stadium. Kinvara played against the wind in the opening half but made a bright start when Oisín Ivers pointed from the right corner.

An Spidéal replied with their first score, which proved to be a major one. A strong run from Liam Ó Conghaile saw him break through Kinvara’s defence before firing a shot to the bottom corner past Shaun Philips.

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A glimpse back to darker days when we turned on each other

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A photo taken in happier pre-civil war times on October 27, 1921, at the wedding of Kevin O’Higgins (centre) to Birdie Cole (centre front). O’Higgins is flanked to his right by Eamon de Valera and on his left by Rory O’Connor, the latter to be executed just over a year later on the orders of O’Higgins. Photo: Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of my regrets in childhood and younger life was that I never really got to know my ageing father. There was a rural way of life back through the 20th century where older farmers tended to marry younger women, one of the consequences being that by the time the youngest of the children had reached teenage years, their father would have slipped into old age.

It wasn’t all bad though and as a child, I’d hear first-hand stories of what times were like during The Troubles from the War of Independence through to the Civil War. My father wouldn’t always talk about it that often, but here and there, he’d mention tales of hiding behind walls when they’d hear the sound of Crossley Tenders – lightweight lorries which carried parties of Black-and-Tans across the country to ‘put manners’ on the restless natives.

Tales of guns and ambushes were quite frightening but also somewhat alluring yarns for a young lad of 11 or 12 summers as here and there, my father would mention that what followed on after the hated Black-and-Tans was even worse. He would recount tales from the Civil War and how even the closest of families were torn apart, depending on whether they were pro-Treaty or not.

He would point to a spot on a field where IRA members fired shots at the Free State-controlled railway station in Ballyglunin, or maybe a house where two brothers fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. As years passed, and elderly parents moved on, talks of the Tans and the Treaty faded, but of late with the 100th anniversary of so many awful events in 1922 now being recalled, curiosity again took hold.

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