Rural and urban areas showing support for Yes vote

The early tallies in the marriage referendum suggest Ireland has voted Yes.

In Dublin and other urban constituencies the votes cast are showing an overwhelming Yes, but even in rural areas strong support for equal marriage is emerging.

The No campaign has effectively accepted defeat, with director of the Iona Institute David Quinn congratulating the Yes camapign.

As the boxes opened at 9am this morning across the country the picture that emerged from the start was a strong Yes vote.

In Dublin the vote appears to be overwhelming - box after box the Yes votes cast were 2 to 1, 3 to 1, 4 to 1 and even 9-1 in places like Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot.

With a quarter of boxes tallied in Dublin North East the Yes vote is 72%, it is 67% in favour in Dublin Central with a third of boxes tallied, in Dublin South East 37% of boxes tallied show a 75% Yes and a similar vote with 34% of boxes tallied in Dublin West.

In one box in Dublin North West where people voted at the Holy Spirit school, it was a 73% Yes.

Around the country large yes votes are also emerging, though not as strong as in the capital.

Cork North West - one of the most traditional and conservative constituencies in the country is showing a 53% Yes vote on the earliest tallies.

Rural and urban areas showing support for Yes voteThe referendum count in Cork City Hall

Donegal - famous for saying No in referendums when others say Yes - showing mixed pictures across the county but it could pass.

Even on the Atlantic seaboard the Yes seems to have the day - Quilty in Clare - has voted 58% in favour of the marriage referendum, and around County Clare the rural votes is at around 53% Yes, rising to 63% in urban areas.

Next door in Limerick the city has voted 63% in favour, in the county it is 55% Yes.

Carlow-Kilkenny showing 60% in favour, rural boxes in Wexford showing around 65% Yes

Mayo - home county of the Taoiseach also looks like it will vote Yes - Enda Kenny himself showing up at the count centre early, a sign of his confidence.

We have just under half of boxes opened and tallied in Roscommon-South Leitrim and it looks like that constituency may vote No and the question is could it be the only constituency to do so?

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