Michael Tierney (politician)

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Michael Tierney (30 September 1894 – 10 May 1975) was Professor of Greek at University College Dublin (UCD) from 1923 to 1947 and President of UCD between 1947 and 1964, and was also a Cumann na nGaedheal politician.[1]


Tierney was born in 1894 in Ballymacward, County Galway. He was educated at UCD where he won a National University of Ireland (NUI) travelling studentship. He studied classics at the Sorbonne, Athens and Berlin. He was appointed to a lectureship in classics in 1915 and to the Professorship of Greek in 1923.

Tierney was elected a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD) for Mayo North in a by-election in 1925 and for the NUI constituency in 1927, a seat he held until 1932.[2] He was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1938 to 1944.[1]

He was the prime mover behind the transfer of UCD to its present site at Belfield. He married Eibhlín MacNeill, daughter of Eoin MacNeill, and wrote a biography of his father-in-law, Eoin MacNeill: scholar and man of action (1980).


  1. ^ a b "Mr. Michael Tierney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael Tierney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 

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