Stephen O'Mara (senator)
O'Mara's father James owned a bacon factory in the city, and Stephen entered the family business. His brother Joseph O'Mara became an opera singer. Stephen marred Ellen Pigott in 1867. They had 12 children, of whom the first three died of diphtheria in 1872. Sons James and Stephen, Jnr became prominent Irish republicans and radicalised their father's later political views.
O'Mara's father was an early supporter of Isaac Butt, and Stephen joined Limerick Corporation c.1880, becoming the first Nationalist Mayor of Limerick in 1885. He served again the following year, and headed a campaign to raise funds for an organ for the Limerick Athenaeum. In a by-election in February 1886, he was returned unopposed as Irish Parliamentary Party MP for Queen's County Ossory. He did not stand in the July 1886 general election. He was High Sheriff of Limerick city in 1888, 1913, and 1914.
O'Mara took the Parnellite side when the Irish National League split in the 1890s. In 1908, he resigned as trustee of the Party's funds. In the 1918 general election, O'Mara supported Sinn Féin as it eclipsed the less radical Irish Parliamentary Party. His sons were active in the Irish War of Independence; in the Irish Civil War, Stephen Snr was pro-Treaty, as was son James; Stephen Jnr was anti-Treaty, though relatively conciliatory. In the 1925 election to the Free State Seanad, O'Mara was elected on the 65th and final count. He died the following year.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Stephen O'Mara
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|Member of Parliament for Queen's County Ossory
1886 – 1886
William Archibald Macdonald