Clare–Galway South (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Clare–Galway South
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Former constituency
Created 1969
Abolished 1977
Seats 3
County/City council County Clare
County Galway
County Roscommon

Clare–Galway South was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1969 to 1977. The constituency elected 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) to the Dáil, using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).


The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1969, for the 1969 general election to the 19th Dáil.[1] It was used again for the 1973 general election to the 20th Dáil.

Clare–Galway South was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1974, with effect from the 1977 general election. The areas in County Clare were incorporated into the existing Clare constituency, while the Galway territories were divided between the two new constituencies of Galway West and Galway East.


The Clare part of the constituency had been included since 1923 in the Clare constituency. However, it was only a small area of County Clare (a sparsely-populated part of the mountainous area in the north-east of the county centered around Tulla), and it would have not have been anomalous to have simply called it "Galway South". Clare–Galway South also included a small part of County Roscommon.

Its territory did not change in the eight years of its existence, and was defined in the 1969 Act as being:[1]

"Ballynahinch, Caher, Glendree, Killanena, Kiltannon, Loughea, Newgrove, Rathclooney, Toberbreeda, Tulla, in the former Rural District of Tulla;
and, in the administrative county of Galaway, the district electoral division of:
Abbeygormacan, Aughrim, Ballinasloe Rural Clonfert, Clontuskert, Kellysgrove, Kilconnell, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killoran, Kilmacshane, Kiltormer, Kylemore, Laurencetown, Lismanny, Oatfield, in the former Rural District of Ballinasloe No. 1;
Ballynacourty, Clarinbridge, Stradbally, in the former Rural District of Galway;
Ardamullivan, Ardrahan, Ballycahalan, Beagh, Cahermore, Cappard, Castletaylor, Doorus Drumacoo, Gort, Kilbeacanty, Killeely, Killeenavarra, Killinny, Kiltartan, Kilthomas, Kinvarra, Rahasane, Skehanagh, in the former Rural District of Gort;
Aille, Ballynagar, Bracklagh, Bullaun, Castleboy, Craughwell, Derrylaur, Drumkeary, Grange, Kilchreest, Kilconickny, Kilconierin, Killogilleen, Kilmeen, Kilreekill, Kilteskill, Kiltullagh, Lackalea, Leitrim, Loughatorick, Loughrea Rural, Loughrea Urban, Marblehill, Mountain, Moyode, Raford, Woodford, in the former Rural District of Loughrea;
Abbeyville, Ballyglass, Coos, Derrew, Drummin, Eyrecourt, Killimor, Kilmalinoge, Kilnquain, Meelick, Moat, Pallas, Portumna, Tiranascragh, Tynagh, in the former Rural District of Portumna;
and the urban district of Ballinasloe;
and, in the administrative county of Roscommon, the district electoral divisions of: Ballydangan, Cloonburren, Creagh, Culliagh, Moore, in the former Rural District of Athlone No. 2."


Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Clare–Galway South 1969–1977[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
19th 1969[3] Bill Loughnane
Michael Carty
Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins
20th 1973[4] Johnny Callanan
21st 1977 Constituency abolished. See Galway East and Clare

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.


1973 general election[edit]

1973 general election: Clare–Galway South[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bill Loughnane 6,956 26.5 1 1
Fine Gael Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins 5,084 19.3 2
Fianna Fáil Johnny Callanan 5,005 19.0 3
Fianna Fáil Hugh Melvin 3,072 11.7
Fine Gael Toddie Byrne 2,609 9.9
Fine Gael Patrick Bugler 2,273 8.6
Independent Norman Morgan 1,288 4.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 26,287   Quota: 6,572   Turnout:

1969 general election[edit]

1969 general election: Clare–Galway South[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins 5,250 19.5 1
Fianna Fáil Michael Carty 5,245 19.5 2
Fianna Fáil Bill Loughnane 5,277 19.6 3
Fianna Fáil Gerard Millar 4,886 18.2
Fine Gael Patrick Bugler 2,708 10.1
Fine Gael Toddie Byrne 2,254 8.4
Labour Party Samuel Stanley 712 2.7
Labour Party Norman Morgan 561 2.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 26,893   Quota: 6,724   Turnout:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1969: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 1969: Clare–Galway South". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1973: Clare–Galway South". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 

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