Cathal Ó Murchadha

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Cathal Ó Murchadha ([ˈkahəlˠ oː ˈmˠʊɾˠxuː], born Charles Murphy; 16 February 1880 – 28 April 1958) was an Irish politician and republican.[1] He was born in Albert Place East, Dublin. He was a member of the Boland's Mills Garrison under the command of Éamon de Valera during the 1916 Rising and was interned in Frongoch after the Rising. He was manager of Arthur Griffith's newspaper Nationality and looked after it during Griffith's periods of imprisonment.

He was elected to the 2nd Dáil at the 1921 Irish elections as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency representing Sinn Féin.[2] He was not re-elected at the 1922 election, but was elected to the 4th Dáil at the 1923 general election, defeating independent candidate Sir Andrew Beattie by just 490 votes,[3] but did not take his seat. He was defeated at the June 1927 general election.

Following the Treaty, he sided with the anti-Treaty side. He was imprisoned a number of times and took part in a hunger strike in Mountjoy Prison. He was officer commanding of the republican prisoners in Harepark Internment Camp, The Curragh, County Kildare.[4]

He served as a Sinn Féin member on Dublin City Council.[4] He was president of Sinn Féin from 1935 to 1937. He was one of the seven signatories of the document which transferred the supposed authority of the Second Dáil on 17 December 1938 to the Army Council of the IRA.

He was married to Nan Funge of Courtown Harbour, County Wexford, and they had five children.[4] His brother-in-law had founded the printing firm Elo Press.[4] At the time of his death, on 28 April 1958, he was living at 217 South Circular Road, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin.[4]

On 26 May 2016, his grandson Brian Murphy was wrestled by Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers as he disrupted a commemoration remembering British soldiers killed in the Easter Rising at Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin.[5]

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  1. ^ "Mr. Charles Murphy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Charles Murphy". Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Irish Times, 30 August 1923.
  4. ^ a b c d e "50 Years Ago", Saoirse Irish Freedom, May 2008, p. 14.
  5. ^ "Justice for the Craigavon Two protester tells how Canadian parliament hero tackled him at 1916 ceremony". The Irish News. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Fr. Michael O'Flanagan
Leader of Sinn Féin
Succeeded by
Margaret Buckley