Clare (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Island of Ireland location map Clare.svg
County Clare within Ireland.
Number of members Two
Replaced by East Clare and West Clare

Clare was a parliamentary constituency in Ireland, represented in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1801 to 1885 it returned two Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

At the 1885 general election, County Clare was split into two divisions: East Clare and West Clare.


This constituency comprised the whole of County Clare, except for the Borough of Ennis.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1801 Francis Nathaniel Burton Hugh Dillon Massey
1802 Sir Edward O'Brien, 4th Baronet Whig
1808 Augustine FitzGerald Tory
1818 William Vesey-FitzGerald Tory
1826 Lucius O'Brien Tory
1828 Daniel O'Connell Radical
1830 William Nugent Macnamara Whig James Patrick Mahon Whig
1831 Maurice O'Connell Radical
1832 Cornelius O'Brien Whig
1847 Sir Lucius O'Brien, 5th Baronet Conservative
1852 Sir John Forster Fitzgerald Liberal Cornelius O'Brien Liberal
1857 Lord Francis Conyngham Liberal Francis Macnamara Calcutt Independent Irish
1859 Crofton Moore Vandeleur Conservative Luke White Liberal
1860 Francis Macnamara Calcutt Liberal
1863 Sir Colman O'Loghlen, 2nd Baronet Liberal
1874 Lord Francis Conyngham Irish Nationalist Irish Nationalist
1877 Sir Bryan O'Loghlen, 3rd Baronet Irish Nationalist
1879 James Patrick Mahon Irish Nationalist
1880 William O'Shea Independent Nationalist
1885 Constituency divided into East Clare and West Clare


There was a notorious riot at Sixmilebridge on polling day in 1852, in which soldiers shot dead seven protesters.

The Clare by-election in 1828 was notable as this was the first time since the reformation that an openly Roman Catholic MP, Daniel O'Connell was elected.