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GALWAY WEST – 10th Count – Nolan elected



Date Published: 27-Feb-2011


Labour Party candidate, 28 year-old Derek Nolan, has taken the second seat in Galway West – after topping the poll with 7,502 first preference votes.

While he was beaten by O Cuív on the distribution of transfers, it was a phenomenal first time performance from the city councillor, who is currently studying to be a solicitor.

Dubbed “Michael D’s” man – he is taking over the Labour Party President’s seat in Galway – he actually increased Higgins’ vote from 2007 by a massive 1,500 votes.

His surplus will now be distributed amongst the remaining candidates. The 329 votes are likely to go the Independent candidate Catherine Connolly and Fine Gael.

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.

Tenth Count: Ó Clochartaigh transfers

Nolan (Lab) (+1,016) 10,451 elected

Grealish (Ind) (370) 8,678

Connolly (Ind) (+1,658) 8,231

Walsh (FG) (+146) 7, 491

Kyne (FG) (+ 324) 7, 059

Healy Eames (+189) 7, 003

Non-Transferable: 978

Nolan elected and his surplus of 329 will be redistributed.


Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



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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Galway have lot to ponder in poor show



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013




GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.

The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.

There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.

It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.

Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.

Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.

Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.

Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.

Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.

Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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