Category:Members of the 1925 Seanad
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The following 65 pages are in this category, out of 65 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Thomas Westropp Bennett – Thomas William Westropp Bennett was an Irish politician, magistrate and public figure in Irish agriculture. One of his brothers, George C. Bennett was Cumann na Gaedhael/Fine Gael TD for Limerick County. The Bennetts were an old Limerick family of Protestant gentry who had been resident in Limerick since the 1670s and his father was a Church of Ireland member, but the children followed the Catholic faith of their mother. An ancestor, Hugh Massy, 2nd Lord Massy of Duntrileague, had sat in Henry Grattans Irish Parliament in the 1780s in both the Irish House of Commons and, later, the House of Lords. The family had been active at a county level, including a Lord Mayor of Limerick, several Freemen of Limerick. Westropp Bennett was educated at Kilkenny College and the Queens Service Academy in Dublin but, unusually, did not attend Trinity College, Dublin where many of his ancestors had studied. On completion of his education, he returned to the Bennett familys extensive landholdings in Limerick and he was also a member of the District Council for Kilmallock. A noted agricultural expert, he was on the board of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society from 1912 where he remained until 1927 with the noted reformer Sir Horace Plunkett. He was elected to the Irish Free State Seanad in 1922 for Cumann na nGaedheal, Bennett, a Teachta Dála in Fine Gael and later Senator. He also played a significant role internationally, leading trade delegations to Berlin, Prague, Istanbul, de Valera shunned the British link, so Westropp Bennetts role was very important in promoting Ireland as the sole holder of high office in Ireland to appear at these events. Always active in Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael, he was instrumental in chairing talks between Eoin ODuffy and W. T. Cosgrave in the summer of 1933 in Dublin which led to the founding of Fine Gael. He became Chairman of the Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society in 1945 remaining at its helm until his death in February 1962, a keen huntsman, he remained active in the Country Limerick Foxhounds all his life, and enjoyed shooting, the cinema, horse racing and the Irish language. He married twice, his first wife, Esther Moreton Macdonald, was a Scottish aristocrat and her family home was in the baronial Largie Castle in Argyll where her father were the local lairds. She was a debutante in 1892 when she was presented at the Royal Court to Queen Victoria and they married in 1898 when her dowry was £1200 a year, which helped finance his campaigns. In April 1923, he married Miss Lila Hapell, daughter of William Alexander Happell and she had been governess to his niece. His son, Liam Westropp Bennett, stood as a Fine Gael candidate in 1954 and his obituary in The Irish Times said that he was from a prominent and popular family in the south of Ireland who had rendered much service during the turbulent early years of the Irish State. Dictionary of Irish Biography – entry on Thomas Westropp Bennett http, //dib. cambridge. org/viewReadPage. do. articleId=a9225
2. Henry Givens Burgess – Henry Givens Burgess PC was an Irish railway executive and politician. Burgess was born at Finnoe House, County Tipperary and he joined the Dublin and South Eastern Railway as a junior clerk in 1873. In 1878 he transferred to the London and North Western Railway, in 1898 he was appointed Irish Traffic Manager himself and moved back to Dublin, occupying the post until 1920. In this post he was manager of the Dundalk, Newry. During the First World War he served as Director-General of Transport, Shipping Controller, in 1920 he was appointed Deputy General Manager of the LNWR and from December 1922 continued in this role for its successor, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. In February 1924 he was appointed General Manager of the LMS and he was nominated to the Senate of the Irish Free State on its formation in 1922 and served until 1928. He was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland in the 1922 New Year Honours for his wartime services and he died at his country residence in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, while on a fishing holiday. Obituary, The Times,24 April 1937
3. Ellen Cuffe, Countess of Desart – Ellen Odette Cuffe, Countess of Desart was a London-born Jewish woman who was best known as an Irish politician, company director, Gaelicist and philanthropist in Ireland. She has been called the most important Jewish woman in Irish history and she was the daughter of Henri Louis Bischoffsheim, a wealthy Jewish banker of German origin. He was responsible for founding three of the largest banks in the world, The Deutsche Bank, Paribas Bank, and her younger sister Amélie Bischoffsheim was married to Sir Maurice FitzGerald, 20th Knight of Kerry. She married William Cuffe, the 4th Earl of Desart in on the 29th of April 1881 at Christ Church in Down Street, after the death of her husband Lady Desart left the house in Cuffesgrange and moved to her home in Aut Even on the outskirts of Kilkenny city. She commissioned the village of Talbots Inch to be built by the architect William Alphonsus Scott, along with several other projects she and Capt. Cuffe developed together. These included, Kilkenny Library, Aut Even Hospital, the Woollen Mills, Kilkenny Woodworkers, Kilkenny Theatre, on 3 November 1910, Lady Desart formally opened the Carnegie Library for the very first time with a silver key supplied by P. T. She was appointed to the Irish Free State Seanad Éireann as an independent member in December 1922 by the President of the Executive Council and she was one of four women elected or appointed to the first Seanad in 1922. She was the first Jew to serve as a Senator in Ireland and she was appointed for 12 years in 1922 and served until her death in 1933. Lady Desart as president of the Womens Committee from 1908–33, was involved in the rescue of approximately 300,000 women and children. She is buried along with her Anglo-Irish husband William Cuffe in Falmouth, the tombstone reads They were together in their lives, and in their deaths they shall not be divided. She died on the 29th of June 1933 at Waterloo Rd, Dublin, on her death her probate recorded a will of £1,500,000. All of this money was donated to the charities that she was associated with. She is commemorated in the city of Kilkennys Lady Desart pedestrian bridge, which was unveiled by Kilkenny City Borough Council in 2014
4. Sir Thomas Esmonde, 11th Baronet – Sir Thomas Henry Grattan Esmonde, 11th Baronet, KHS was an Irish Home Rule nationalist politician and author. He also sat as an independent Senator from 1922 to 1934 and he was one of the few people who served in both the House of Commons and in the Oireachtas. He was the son of Sir John Esmonde, 10th Baronet and his wife Louisa, however, a new house, similar in style, was built on the site shortly afterwards and still exists today. Esmonde was a frequent traveler and author of articles on Irish folklore and antiquities, as well as a memoir and he died in Dublin, six days before his 73rd birthday
5. Oliver St. John Gogarty – Oliver Joseph St John Gogarty was an Irish poet, author, otolaryngologist, athlete, politician, and well-known conversationalist. He served as the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyces novel Ulysses, Gogarty was born 17 August 1878 in Rutland Square, Dublin, the eldest child of Henry Gogarty, a well-to-do Dublin physician, and Margaret Gogarty, the daughter of a Galway mill owner. In 1887 Gogartys father died of a burst appendix, and Gogarty was sent to Mungret College, a boarding school near Limerick. He was unhappy in his new school, and the year he transferred to Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England. Gogarty returned to Ireland in 1896 and boarded at Clongowes Wood College while studying for examinations with the Royal University of Ireland. He was an athlete, in England he had briefly played for the Preston North End FC Reserve. He also played on Clongowess soccer and cricket elevens, as one of Dublins medicos, Gogarty was known to be fond of public pranks and midnight carousing in the Kips, Dublins red-light district. He had a talent for humorous and bawdy verse, which made the rounds through the city. He also enjoyed a highly successful cycling career before being banned from the tracks in 1901 for bad language and he became interested in Irish nationalism after meeting Arthur Griffith in 1899, and contributed propaganda pieces to The United Irishman over subsequent years. A serious interest in poetry and literature began to manifest itself during his years at Trinity. In 1900 he made the acquaintance of W. B, yeats and of George Moore and began to frequent Dublin literary circles. He also formed friendships with other up-and-coming young poets, such as Seamus OSullivan. In 1904 he spent two terms at Oxford to compete for the Newdigate Prize, but lost to G. K. A, bell, the future Bishop of Chichester, who became a friend and frequent correspondent over the next few years. Upon returning to Dublin in the summer of 1904, Gogarty made arrangements to rent the famous Martello Tower in Sandycove, the primary goal of this scheme, as described by Gogarty in a letter to G. K. A. Bell, was to house the Bard, who was without money, the two friends quarrelled in August, however, and Joyce either failed to move in or left shortly after doing so. Joyce briefly took up residence in the Tower the following month, together with Gogarty and his Oxford friend Samuel Chenevix Trench, forty years later in America, Gogarty would attribute Joyces abrupt departure to his and S. C. Trenchs midnight antics with a loaded revolver, Gogarty made use of the Martello Tower during the following year as a writing retreat and party venue, and officially held the lease until 1925. In 1904 and 1905 Gogarty published several poems in the London publication The Venture
6. Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard – Bernard Arthur William Patrick Hastings Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard KP, GCVO, PC, styled Viscount Forbes from 1874 to 1889, was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Liberal politician. Granard was the son of George Forbes, 7th Earl of Granard, and he succeeded as eighth Earl of Granard on the death of his father in 1889, aged only 14. In 1895 Granard was able to take his seat in the House of Lords in right of his title of Baron Granard. In 1907 he was admitted to the Privy Council and appointed Master of the Horse, grandard was also involved in Irish politics. He was a member of the Irish Food Convention, Food Controller for Ireland in 1918 and he was a member of the short-lived Senate of Southern Ireland in 1921 and of the Senate of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1934. He was again Master of the Horse between February 1924 and 1936, but by this time this post had ceased being a political office, Granard also served as Vice-Admiral of Connaught, Lord Lieutenant of Longford. He was made a Knight of the Order of St Patrick in 1909, in 1896, Granard was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. In 1899 he transferred to the Scots Guards and served in the Second Boer War from 1900 to 1901 and he was promoted to Lieutenant on 20 July 1901, and Captain in 1905. In 1908 he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel in the Post Office Rifles and he resigned his commissions in the Post Office Rifles in 1910 and the Scots Guards in 1911. In 1916 he was recalled to command the 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment and he was later Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the Salonika Forces from 1917. Apart from his political and military career, Granard was also on the board of Arsenal Football Club, Lord Granard married, in 1909, Beatrice Mills, daughter of the wealthy American businessman Ogden Mills from Staatsburg, New York. She was the sister of Gladys Mills Phipps. Her brother, Ogden L. Mills, was the 50th United States Secretary of the Treasury and they had four children, including Eileen Beatrice, the wife of the 5th Marquess of Bute. Lord Granard died exactly one week before his 74th birthday and he was succeeded by his eldest son Arthur. Apart from his seat at Castleforbes, Newtownforbes, County Longford, Ireland, Lord Granard had a London residence at Forbes House, Halkin Street, and a residence at 73 Rue de Varenne, Paris. Hansard 1803–2005, contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Granard Whitakers Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, burkes landed gentry of Great Britain, by Peter Beauclerk Dewar
7. Alice Stopford Green – Alice Stopford Green was an Irish historian and nationalist. She was born Alice Sophia Amelia Stopford in Kells, County Meath and her father Edward Adderley Stopford was Rector of Kells and Archdeacon of Meath. Her paternal grandfather was Edward Stopford, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath, from 1874 to 1877 she lived in London where she met the historian John Richard Green. They were married in Chester on 14 June 1877, John Morley published her first historical work Henry II in 1888. In the 1890s she became interested in Irish history and the nationalist movement as a result of her friendship with John Francis Taylor and she was vocal in her opposition to English colonial policy in South Africa during the Boer Wars and supported Roger Casements Congo Reform movement. Her 1908 book The Making of Ireland and its Undoing argued for the sophistication, Stopford Green was active in efforts to make the prospect of Home Rule more palatable to Ulster Unionists. She was closely involved in the Howth gun-running and she moved to Dublin in 1918 where her house at 90 St Stephens Green became an intellectual centre. Town Life in the Fifteenth Century Vol, I Town Life in the Fifteenth Century Vol. II The making of Ireland and its undoing, 1200-1600 first pub. The old Irish world Loyalty and disloyalty, what it means in Ireland A History of the Irish State to 1014 published in 1925, was her last major work, mcDowell, Alice Stopford-Green, A Passionate Historian. Léon Ó Bróin, Protestant Nationalists in Revolutionary Ireland, The Stopford Connection, Works by Alice Stopford Green at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Alice Stopford Green at Internet Archive
8. John Griffith (engineer) – Sir John Purser Griffith was a Welsh-born Irish civil engineer and politician. Griffith was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and gained a licence in civil engineering in 1868. He served an apprenticeship under Dr Bindon Blood Stoney, the Engineer in Chief of the Dublin Port and Docks. He returned to Dublin in 1871 and worked as Dr. Stoneys assistant and he served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Ireland between 1887 and 1889 and of the Institution of Civil Engineers between 1919 and 1920. He was elected Commissioner of Irish Lights in 1913 and was a member of the Royal Commission on Canals and Waterways between 1906 and 1911. The site was sold to the Turf Development Board in 1936 who used it as a basis for all of their later peat fuelled power stations, Griffith received a knighthood in 1911 and became vice-president of Royal Dublin Society in 1922. He served as Honorary Professor of Harbour Engineering in Trinity College, his alma mater, from 1922 he was an elected member of the Seanad Éireann, the Irish senate, until its abolition in 1936. He died at Rathmines Castle in Dublin on 21 October 1938
9. Geoffrey Taylour, 4th Marquess of Headfort – Geoffrey Thomas Taylour, 4th Marquess of Headfort DL, JP, FZS, styled Lord Geoffrey Taylour until 1893 and Earl of Bective between 1893 and 1894, was a British politician and Army officer. Styled Lord Geoffrey Taylor from birth, he was the son of Thomas Taylour, 3rd Marquess of Headfort, by his second wife Emily Constantia and he became known by the courtesy title Earl of Bective in 1893 on the death of his half-brother. The following year, aged 16, he succeeded his father in the marquessate, Lord Headfort held a commission as lieutenant of the 1st Life Guards, from which he resigned in May 1901. In June the following year he was appointed a lieutenant in the newly created 2nd County of London Yeomanry and he was an English Freemason, having been initiated in the Lodge of Assistance No 2773 at Golden Square, London, in February 1901, aged 22 years. From 1922 to 1928, he served as a Senator of the Irish Free State. Rose Boote, a singer who appeared in The Messenger Boy in 1900 under her professional name of Miss Rosie Boote. Their marriage was unusual, Rose was a Catholic from a humble background and he caused a sensation when he converted to Catholicism for their marriage. D on Mycenaean pottery in Italy. His career as an excavator began in the 1950s, after the death of Alan John Bayard Wace in 1957, he took over and completed the British expedition to Mycenae. Taylour excavated at Hagios Stephanos in Laconia between 1959 and 1977, lady Millicent Olivia Mary Taylour, married 28 April 1930 to Henry Frederic Tiarks, a banker, they had one son, Christopher Henry Frederic. Lady Millicent died 24 December 1975, hansard 1803–2005, contributions in Parliament by Geoffrey Taylour, 4th Marquess of Headfort http, //www. ascsa. edu. gr/index. php/archives/taylour-finding-aid
10. William Bernard Hickie – Major-General Sir William Bernard Hickie, KCB was an Irish-born senior British Army officer and an Irish nationalist politician. As a British Army officer he saw service in the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902, was A. Q. M. G. in the Irish Command from 1912 to 1914. He commanded a brigade of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and was Commander of the 16th Division from 1915 on the Western Front. From a long line and famous Gaelic stock, William Hickie’s name is best remembered as one of the notable Irishman who served during the Great War. Two of his four brothers served, one as a Major in the Royal Artillery before becoming a priest. Hickie was educated at Oscott College, Birmingham, a seminary for training youths of prosperous Roman Catholic families. His sister Dolores married the soldier, explorer and author Henry Hugh Peter Deasy, being destined for a military career, Hickie attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, from 1882 to 1885. He left Southampton for South Africa on board the SS Canada in early February 1900 and he was subsequently in command of a corps until eventually at the end of 1900 he was given command of an independent column of all arms. This he held for eighteen months and he served with distinction at the Battle of Bothaville in November 1900. In May 1912 promoted Colonel, he became Quartermaster General of the Irish Command at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the next two years which elapsed were devoted to preparation for war, which the War Office authorities had made known was now inevitable. Promoted Major General he took over from Lt. General Sir Lawrence Parsons, Hickie - one of a rare breed, a senior, Irish, Catholic officer - was a popular replacement. After putting the division through intensive training, it left under Irish command of each man took personal pride. The 47th and 48th Brigade were in the trenches behind Abbeville by Christmas 1915, during this period the Division made considerable progress in developing its operational techniques but at a price in losses. The growing shortage of Irish replacement recruits was successfully met by Hickie through integrating non-Irish soldiers into the division, in January 1918 he was knighted a Knight Commander of the Bath for his services in France and distinguished service in the field. Although promised a new command, this did not happen before the Armistice in November and his titles included C. B. awarded in 1912 and K. C. B. awarded 1918. He retired from the army in 1922, when the six Irish line infantry regiments that had their recruiting grounds in the counties of the new Irish Free State were all disbanded. He had identified himself strongly with the Home Rule Act and said that its scrapping was a disaster, although charming, good-looking, and popular with the women, Hickie never married. He died on 3 November 1950 in Dublin and was buried in Terryglass, the British Army in the Great War, The 16th Division Oireachtas Members Database – Profile Department of the Taoiseach, Irish Soldiers in the First World War Citations by William Bernhard Hickie
11. Sir John Keane, 5th Baronet – Sir John Keane, 5th Baronet, DSO was an Irish barrister and politician. Keane was educated at Clifton College and Royal Military Academy Woolwich and he succeeded his father as 5th Baronet in 1892 and was appointed High Sheriff of County Waterford for 1911–12. He was a member of Seanad Éireann and a director of the Bank of Ireland and he was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery 17 June 1893, served in South Africa during the Second Boer War. During World War I, he was mentioned in despatches, awarded the Distinguished Service Order and he ended the war as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Tank Corps. In 1922, Sir John was nominated by the President of the Executive Council to Seanad Éireann of the Irish Free State and he later served in the reconstituted Seanad Éireann established by the Constitution of Ireland, serving from 1938 to 1948 on the nomination of the Taoiseach. In 1925 he was an opponent of the Shannon electrification scheme. In 1942 he was involved in the first occasion on which the Seanad censored itself, and sparked four days of fierce debate, carrying over to 2,3, and concluding on 9 December 1942. He quoted extensively from one book The Tailor and Ansty by Eric Cross, the Editor of Debates prudishly excluded the quotation from the Official Report, the entry states only, The Senator quoted from the book. He taunted William Magennis for thinking that two men embracing in another book amounted to sodomy, at the end of the debate and much discussion in the public press, his point made, Sir John sought leave to withdraw the motion. The question “That leave be given by the Seanad to withdraw the motion,2, on the Order Paper” was put and negatived. The question on the motion was then duly put and declared negatived. However Senators claimed for a division, and the motion was defeated, For 2 votes - Sir John Keane and he married Lady Eleanor Lucy Hicks-Beach, the eldest daughter of Earl St Aldwyn, with whom he had one son and three daughters. The UKs National Portrait Gallery includes three photographic portraits of Sir John Keane taken by Bassanos studio on 30 March 1920, Sir John Keane at the UKs National Portrait Gallery The full text of the Official Report of historical debates in the upper house of the Irish parliament Famous Kanes