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Tenth Count Athenry Oranmore LEA: Former Mayor makes stunning comeback

Declan Tierney



The seven seats in the Athenry Oranmore area have been filled.

Former County Mayor Liam Carroll from Oranmore makes a dramatic return to Galway County Council having lost his seat back in 2014

He along with fellow Fine Gael colleague David Collins from Turloughmore and Athenry’s Shelly Herterich Quinn have joined James Charity (Ind), Albert Dolan (FF), Jim Cuddy (Ind) and Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) who were all elected earlier.

The candidate to lose out is Claregalway’s Josette Farrell who ran as an independent for the second successive election without success.

Liam Carroll said that he was delighted to be back in Galway County Council despite the Oranmore area having been split in two with part of it going into the Gort-Kinvara area, which he totally disagreed with.

Carroll was first elected in 2009 and held the position of County Mayor in 2014.

Albert Dolan, David Collins and Shelly Herterich Quinn are elected to the Council for the first time.

Athenry-Oranmore LEA

Total electorate 23,796

Seats 7

Total poll 12,717

Invalid votes 202

Total valid poll 12,515

Quota 1,565


First count

James Charity (Ind) 1,792

Albert Dolan (FF) 1,720

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,457

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,226

David Collins (FG) 1,163

Liam Carroll (FG) 885

Michael Hannon (FF) 753

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 745

Helen Jennings (FG) 734

Josette Farrell (Ind) 647

Louis O’Hara (SF) 507

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 497

Marian Spellman (Lab) 206

Amanda McManus (Ren) 183


Charity and Dolan elected


Second count

(Distribution of Charity’s surplus)


Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,530

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,235

David Collins (FG) 1,182

Liam Carroll (FG) 899

Michael Hannon (FF)  785

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 750

Helen Jennings (FG) 738

Josette Farrell (Ind) 664

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 528

Louis O’Hara (SF) 519

Marian Spellman (Lab) 213

Amanda McManus (Ren) 187


Third count

(Distribution of Dolan’s surplus)


Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,540

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,253

David Collins (FG) 1,203

Liam Carroll (FG) 904

Michael Hannon (FF) 810

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 788

Helen Jennings (FG) 749

Josette Farrell (Ind) 667

Louis O’Hara (SF) 535

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 532

Marian Spellman (Lab) 216

Amanda McManus (Ren) 188


McManus and Spellman eliminated


Fourth count

(Distribution of McManus’ and Spellman’s votes)

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,630

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,280

David Collins (FG) 1,216

Liam Carroll (FG) 926

Michael Hannon (FF) 820

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 820

Helen Jennings (FG) 792

Josette Farrell (Ind) 696

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 591

Louis O’Hara (SF) 555


Cuddy elected


Fifth count

(Distribution of Cuddy’s surplus)


Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,289

David Collins (FG) 1,219

Liam Carroll (FG) 926

Michael Hannon (FF) 830

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 824

Helen Jennings (FG) 793

Josette Farrell (Ind) 710

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 595

Louis O’Hara (SF) 556

O’Hara eliminated

Sixth count

(Distribution of O’Hara’s votes)

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) +129 1,418

David Collins (FG) +31 1,250

Liam Carroll (FG) +23 956

Michael Hannon (FF) +23 853

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) +49 853

Helen Jennings (FG) +49 842

Josette Farrell (Ind) +40 750

Kenneth Keavey (GP) +84 679

Keavey eliminated


Seventh count

(Distribution of Keavey’s votes)


Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,512

David Collins (FG) 1,295

Liam Carroll (FG) 1,003

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 916

Helen Jennings (FG) 910

Josette Farrell (Ind) 886

Michael Hannon (FF) 864


Hannon eliminated


Eighth count

(Distribution of Hannon’s votes)


Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) (+35) 1,547

David Collins (FG) (+118) 1,413

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) (+225) 1,141

Josette Farrell (Ind) (+219) 1,105

Liam Carroll (FG) (+38) 1,041

Helen Jennings (FG) (+23) 933


Jennings eliminated


Ninth count

(Distribution of Jennings’ votes)

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) (+253) 1,800

David Collins (FG) (+147) 1,560

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) (+185) 1,326

Liam Carroll (FG) (+145) 1,186

Josette Farrell (Ind) (+33) 1,138


Cronnelly elected


Tenth count

(Distribution of Cronnelly’s surplus)


David Collins (FG) (+36) 1,596

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) (+78) 1,404

Liam Carroll (FG) (+38) 1,224

Josette Farrell (Ind) (+10) 1,148

David Collins elected; Shelly Herterich Quinn and Liam Carroll elected without reaching the quota.

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Public auction of Castlesampson farm with c.143 acres




Connaughton Auctioneers are handling the sale of a c.143.40 acre farm located at Corraree and Ballygatta, Castlesampson, just 9km from Athlone/ M6 Motorway and 15km from Ballinasloe Town.

Located in a renowned farming district, the property has an extensive range of modern farm buildings including five-bay single slatted with lay back, three bay double bay slatted, covered yard with crush, two-bay double slatted, three-bay double flat shed and three-bay single flat shed with an overall area of c.10,274 sq. ft.

The lands are being offered for sale in four lots, Lot 1: c.77.77 acres with the farm buildings mentioned above, Lot 2: c.52.43 acres, Lot 3: c.13.20 acres and Lot 4: The entire property c.143.30 Acres with farm buildings. With a public road passing through the farm, there is extensive road frontage to an area of c.2,500 metres thereby holding huge potential for building sites in the future.

The property comes with mains connections to electricity and water and includes overall c.55.07 entitlements included in the sale.

Auctioneer for the sale, Ivan Connaughton stated: “This is a fine farm to come on the open market. The large investment in the ultra-modern farm buildings by the current owners together with an extensive holding of top-quality agricultural lands has attracted interest from both near and far.

The potential for transformation into dairy or usage as a large feed lot has attracted additional interest. Its location in a renowned farming district and conveniently situated close to the Galway/ Dublin M6 Motorway is a major advantage. The farm entitlements that total c.€21,000 per annum are included in the sale and has received a positive response from interested parties to date. I encourage any interested party to contact our office on 090-6663700 for further information and viewing”

The Public Auction is being held in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe on Friday August 30th at 4.00pm. All are welcome to attend. All legal enquiries can be made to solicitor for the carriage of sale, Hayden & Co. Solicitors, Athlone Tel: 090-6470622

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Offering a lifeline to people affected by cancer

Denise McNamara



Lifestyle – The Daffodil Centre at UHG which is celebrating its 10th anniversary has given practical and moral support to thousands of cancer patients and their family members since the Irish Cancer Society set it up as a pilot project. DENISE MCNAMARA hears one man’s story of its role in his recovery.

When Alan Rushe began to feel cramps in his stomach, he did not hesitate in attending his local doctor.

His GP asked if he had ever suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As he had been diagnosed with the condition when he was younger, he was prescribed tablets for that and told to see how they worked.

Six days later, Alan’s condition hadn’t improved so his GP referred him for a colonoscopy. When the invasive test revealed he had colon cancer he was operated on within ten days. Two months later he was started on six months of chemotherapy, getting treatment once every fortnight.

When he was coming to the end of the treatment, Alan found himself in a bind.

He wanted reassurance about what to expect as the chemicals left his body but the doctors and nurses in the oncology ward were far too busy to give him the time he needed to sit and chat.

“One of the things about having cancer, your whole life becomes obsessed with your problem and how you’re dealing with it,” Alan reflects.

“Suddenly you’re coming to the end of chemo and you find yourself in a very strange place; you are in a vacuum. You might be told things by different doctors and nurses but you haven’t taken it in.

“You can’t just drop back into the ward, yet you want to talk to people who know all there is to know about your type of cancer.”

He was advised to go to the Daffodil Centre in University Hospital Galway (UHG), which is run by the Irish Cancer Society to seek further information.

There he found oncology nurse Fionnuala Creighton who manages the Galway Daffodil Centre. She sat down with Alan and gave him the time to answer the myriad of questions that were swirling around his mind.

“She gave me all this information about what to expect when chemo is leaving the body, how it would affect me. She gave me information leaflets and told me about services that are available, such as exercise classes in Cancer Care West,” he explains.

The Daffodil Centre at UHG began as a pilot project for the Irish Cancer Society a decade ago this month.

Aileen McHale, who is now Cancer Information Services Manager with the Irish Cancer Society, was the first nurse to work there.

“We wanted to set up a designated cancer centre in a hospital to provide information to the patient, relatives and general public at the point of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up,” she explains. “I was involved in the setting up and running it and, from the beginning one of my roles was recruiting and training a group of volunteers who would help me in the running of the centre.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hanley’s high-quality minors break new ground in great style

John McIntyre



Galway 3-14

Kilkenny 0-12

HURLING history was made much easier than expected at Croke Park last Sunday when Galway claimed a third consecutive All-Ireland minor hurling title for the first time ever.

As it transpired, this repeat of last year’s championship decider was a no-contest. Galway were so superior it made a nonsense of the conventional theory that the more games a team plays, they better they should become.

This may have been Kilkenny’s eighth match of a protracted campaign, but it was undoubtedly their worst display in falling to a heavy 11-point defeat. The young Cats were almost too bad to be true and their tame challenge faded completely after the break.

Though Kilkenny’s poverty considerably eased the task of the defending champions, the manner in which Galway went about their business was still impressive. Their overall skills set was in a different league, while their big-match temperament also stood them in good stead.

Having to beat the same team twice in the same championship can be problematic and although only three points had separated Sunday’s protagonists in the quarter-final round-robin series a few weeks ago, there was little or no drama in the championship’s defining battle such was the gulf in standard.

Not alone were Galway completing a notable three-in-a-row, but this was also the fourth time in the last five years that the Irish Press Cup has returned west, while the county has now captured eight of the last 16 All-Ireland minor titles.

This is an exceptional feat by any standards and new Galway manager Brian Hanley has clearly followed in the footsteps of his successful predecessor, Jeffrey Lynskey, in recognising young talent and then shaping them into a formidable team.

Galway are now the undisputed brand leaders at minor level and while the failure to translate this dominance to greater success in senior ranks remains a deep source of frustration, this week in not the time to be looking at the wider picture.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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