Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Carlingford Past and Present” leaflet from John McGahon -Fine Gael – Louth February 2, 2018

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A lovely leaflet from Cllr John McGahon of Fine Gael giving details of the History of various buildings in Carlingford. Some other nice Local History leaflets have been done recently by Neale Richmond (leaflet here) and Noel Rock (Leaflet here)
Many thanks to the sender.



“Churchtown Past & Present” leaflet from Neale Richmond – Fine Gael – Dublin Rathdown November 13, 2017

“Churchtown Past & Present” a lovely leaflet giving the history of many of the local landmarks of Churchtown in Dublin. It was produced by Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond. I must confess to loving leaflets like this with Local History in them.
Many thanks to the sender.



Pictures of Sandycove Baths in 1942 July 7, 2010

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Found these at home and thought them worth posting.
Two pictures taken at Sandycove baths near Dun Laoghaire in 1942. The Family would have been on Holiday in Dun Laoghaire at the time.
The detail isn’t great (the photos were matchbox sized) but it gives an idea what the baths looked like.
The baths closed in the early 1970s.



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.



Bernard Connolly, Vincent MacDowell, Joseph Maguire, Gerard O’Reilly- Labour Party- 1967 Local Elections Rathdown May 11, 2010

From the 1967 Local Elections in the Rathdown Ward Labour Party candidates Bernard Connolly, Vincent MacDowell, Joseph Maguire and Gerard O’Reilly.
Was given a loan of this to scan – many thanks.
The Leaflet starts off by telling us that the local Elections had been delayed because they feared the Labour Party.
Labour seeks your active support -to change the quality of our local life by encouraging all sections of the community to develop a new progressive civic spirit.
Bernard Connolly was involved in the ITGWU, and would have been well known in the area at the time.
Vincent MacDowell, who later stood for the Green Party in 1992 and 1997 General Elections was father of former MEP Nuala Ahern. The Socialist Republican Labour Party which he was a founder of was the Party of Gerry Fitt amongst others.
It split in 1970 as Gerry Fitt and others joined the newly formed SDLP. The party disbanded in 1973.
Joseph Maguire was another involved in the ITGWU as well as music where he helped reestablish St Kevins Band in Bray.
Gerard O’Reilly was a businessman in Stillorgan and interested in the care of the mentally handicapped.



Stephen Rineys Rathfarnham Heritage Map-1991 LE December 23, 2009

This is part of a leaflet produced by Fianna Fail Councillor Stephen Riney for the 1991 local elections. Alas the names of the places were all that was on the leaflet/map. No 8 on the map Butterfield House was supposedly one of the houses Robert Emmett hid in. Rathfarnham Castle, The Bottle Tower, Hell Fire Club, Lamb Doyles and Loreto Abbey would be familiar name to those from outside the area.
I might return to this at a later date and add some more background to the places.
Anyway an unusual piece of election material. Riney wasn’t elected.

You’ll need to click on the image to read the finer details.


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