Dungarvan (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by West Waterford

Dungarvan was a parliamentary constituency in Ireland, which from 1801 to 1885 returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801, replacing the earlier Dungarvan constituency in the Parliament of Ireland.


This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Dungarvan in County Waterford. Until the Parliamentary Boundaries (Ireland) Act, 1832 (passed alongside the Irish Reform Act 1832) it was coterminous with the manor of Dungarvan, and the franchise was exercised by potwallopers of the town and forty shilling freeholders of the manor.[1][2] Commissioners appointed in 1832 and 1836 to revise Irish parliamentary borough boundaries described the old border as "supposed to contain about 10,000 Statute Acres" and with an "ill defined" boundary; their accompanying map shows several detached parts and enclaves.[1][2] Although the 1832 commissioners suggested radical simplification in the boundary, the only change in 1832 was to exclude the detached parts and include the enclosed enclaves to create a single area.[1][3] This boundary is marked in violet on the Ordnance Survey of Ireland's six-inch map, published a few years later.[4] The 1836 commissioners recommended a much smaller boundary, including the urban area and suburbs while excluding the large rural hinterland.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1801 Edward Lee Whig
1802 William Greene Whig
1806 Hon. George Walpole Whig
1820 Augustus Clifford Whig
1822 Hon. George Lamb Whig
1834 Ebenezer Jacob
1835 Michael O'Loghlen
1837 John Power
1837 Cornelius O'Callaghan
1841 Richard Lalor Sheil
1851 Charles Ponsonby, later Baron de Mauley
1852 John Maguire
1865 Charles Robert Barry
1868 Henry Matthews
1874 John O'Keeffe
1877 Frank Hugh O'Donnell


Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Dungarvan[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Robert Barry 112 54.4 N/A
Conservative William Palliser 94 45.6 N/A
Majority 18 8.7 N/A
Turnout 206 80.2 N/A
Registered electors 257
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General Election 1868: Dungarvan[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Matthews 155 59.6 N/A
Liberal Charles Robert Barry 105 40.4 −14.0
Majority 50 19.2 N/A
Turnout 260 83.6 +3.4
Registered electors 311
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874: Dungarvan[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule John O'Keefe 131 53.3 N/A
Liberal Henry Matthews 115 46.7 −12.9
Majority 16 6.5 N/A
Turnout 246 85.4 +1.8
Registered electors 288
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A

O'Keefe's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 24 Jan 1877: Dungarvan[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Frank Hugh O'Donnell 137 53.5 +0.2
Liberal Henry Matthews 119 46.5 −0.2
Majority 18 7.0 +0.5
Turnout 256 80.5 −4.9
Registered electors 318
Home Rule hold Swing +0.2

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Dungarvan[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Frank Hugh O'Donnell 132 57.6 +4.3
Liberal Henry Matthews 97 42.4 −4.3
Majority 35 15.3 +8.8
Turnout 229 97.4 +12.0
Registered electors 235
Home Rule hold Swing +4.3



  1. ^ a b c Instructions by Secretary for Ireland, respecting Cities and Boroughs in Ireland sending Representatives to Parliament; Reports of Commissioners. Sessional papers. Vol.43 No.519. Sessional papers. 8 June 1832. pp. 65–68. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dungarvan". Reports and instructions by Lord Lieutenant, with reference to boundaries and divisions of cities, boroughs and towns corporate in Ireland. Sessional papers. Vol.29 No.301. 10 May 1837. pp. 78–80. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1837). "Appendix, Shewing the Boundaries of the Cities and Boroughs in Ireland, as adopted and defined by the Act passed in the 2nd and 3rd of William IV., cap. 89, intituled "An Act to settle and describe the Limits of Cities, Towns, and Boroughs in Ireland, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament."". A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland:. 
  4. ^ "Six-inch map centred on Dungarvan, showing parliamentary boundary". Mapviewer. Ordnance Survey Ireland. 1839–41. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.