Éamon Ó Cuív, the king of Connemara, pulled more votes the further west of Galway city the ballot boxes were stationed.
The poll-topper was by far the most popular politician west of Galway city, apart from Fine Gael strongholds such as Moycullen, where local man, Seán Kyne was tops.
Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh also challenged Deputy Ó Cuív for top spot in An Cheathrú Rua, for example, but by and large the former Fianna Fáil minister was untouchable in Connemara.
Deputy Ó Cuív took one in every three votes cast in An Spidéal, where Ó Clochartaigh polled 19% and Kyne was on 13.8%.
Deputy Ó Cuív was the most popular in Ballyconneely (30%), and hovered up votes in his home town of Corr na Mona (63%), neighbouring Clonbur (57%), as well as Claddaghduff (43%), Cong (43%), Carna (53%) and Letterfrack (37%).
The former Gaeltacht Minister also cleaned up on the islands – he polled a whopping 77.5% of first preferences on Inish Boffin, 67% on Inis Oírr, 69% on Inis Meáin and 56% on the two Inis Mór polling stations. Deputy Kyne was strongest in Moycullen where he took 44% of first preferences but Deputy Ó Cuív was marginally ahead of him in Oughterard polling 24% compared with Kyne’s 20%.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.