Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

From the 1945 Presidential Election -“McCartan for President” December 19, 2012

From the 1945 Presidential Election an ad for Independent candidate Patrick McCartan “McCartan for President”. He polled 212,834 votes (19.59%) in a contest won by Sean T O’Kelly.
McCartan a former TD and later founder member of of Clann na Poblachta , he also had a spell in the Seanad.
More info on him here


From 1945 “Vote 1 MacEoin for President” -General Sean MacEoin- Fine Gael October 1, 2011

From our first Presidential Election in 1945 an ad for Fine Gael candidate General Sean MacEoin. MacEoin polled 335,539 votes in a contest won by Fianna Fails Sean T O’Kelly.
A veteran of the War of Independence, the Longford native was first elected to the Dail in 1929.
His wikipedia entry


From 1945 Sean T. O’Kelly for President “A Life-times work for the Nation….” August 28, 2011

From the 1945 Presidential Election an ad for Sean T O’Kelly of Fianna Fail with the by line “A Life-times work for the Nation….” . O’Kelly topped the poll defeating Dr Patrick McCartan and General Sean MacEoin.


1945 Fianna Fail Election Leaflet for Dun Laoghaire Borough. June 14, 2010

First off many thanks to the sender.

A Fianna Fail leaflet from the 1945 Borough Council Elections in Dun Laoghaire. With the Presidential Election on the same day there is also a plea for voters to vote for Sean T O’Kelly.
Amongst the issues mentioned are Ground Rents, Housing, employment and the potential for Tourism in the Borough.

The candidate list is of great interest too.
Sean Brady (him at was a longstanding TD for the area.

Rogers, “Terry” was Ignatius Terence Rogers born in Roscommon, died in January 1968, an athlete, father of John Daniel Rogers (former amateur snooker champion) and Terence Ignatius Rogers (The Red Menace) bookmaker of some renown who was one of the first to open betting shops in England. He and his business partner sold their chain of offices to Ladbrokes thus making Terry Ireland’s youngest millionaire.

Hudson, “Brackie” was a relative of Sonny Hudson killed in Glasthule during the Civil war. Hudson Road in Glasthule was named after Sonny.

O h-Uadhaigh, Robert was a Barrister and the family had a law practise in Nassau Street up to the 1980’s.

Proud, Liam completed his studies, married Ann Daniel (her father was the Sub Agent and later Agent of Bank of Ireland, Anglesea Buildings, Dun Laoghaire) his son is a pianist. Liam Proud was also an Artist.

Michael O’Rourke had O’Rourkes Chemist in Dun Laoghaire. O Rourkes Park in Sallynoggin is named after him .

Matthew Cullen, Patrick Gallagher, Michael Kennedy and Oliver Moriarty were the other candidates.

Thanks also to contributors at for helping with the History of the candidates.



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