Helena Concannon

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Helena Concannon

Helena Concannon (née Walsh; 1878 – 27 February 1952) was an Irish historian, writer, language scholar and Fianna Fáil politician.

Born in Derry, she was Professor of History at University College Galway. Many of her writings were on the subject of Irish women, including Canon Sheehan's Woman Characters (1910), Women of Ninety Eight (1919), Daughters of Banba (1922), The Poor Clares in Ireland (1929), and Irish nuns in penal days (1931).[1]

She was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) at the 1933 general election for the National University of Ireland constituency.[2] At the 1938 general election, she was elected to Seanad Éireann for the National University of Ireland constituency. She was re-elected at each successive election and served in the Seanad until her death in 1952.[3]

Her husband was the Irish scholar Thomas Concannon, Tomás Bán Ó Conceanainn, a national health inspector, and Helena authored several books as "Mrs Thomas Concannon".[1][4]


  • Blessed Oliver Plunkett: Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland','by Mrs. Thomas Concannon, with appendix by Robert C. Simington.(Dublin : Browne & Nolan, 1935).
  • The Queen of Ireland: An Historical Account of Ireland's Devotion to the Blessed Virgin (Dublin: M.H. Gill, 1938).



  1. ^ a b "Biographies – Women in History". Scoilnet.ie. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Mrs. Helena Concannon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Helena Concannon". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Angela Bourke The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing 2002 - Volume 4 -081479906X Page 479 "She married Thomas Concannon, a national health inspector, in 1906 and went to live in Galway. ..The Queen of Ireland: An Historical Account of Ireland's Devotion to the BlessedVirgin (Dublin: M.H. Gill, 1938).""
  5. ^ The Irish Monthly ed. Matthew Russell 1939 Volume 67 - Page 148 "The Queen of Ireland. By Mrs. Thomas Concannon, M.A., D.Litt. (Dublin : M. H. Gill and Son, Ltd. Pp. 369. Price 12/6.) This must be placed among the most valuable books that have appeared in Ireland in recent years, and only ..."


  • Dictionary of Nineteenth-century Irish Women Poets, pp. 233, Anne Ulry Colman, Kenny's Bookshop, Galway, 1996. ISBN 0-906312-44-2.