John Horgan (Irish politician)

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John Horgan (born 1876 – 27 June 1955) was an Irish politician from Cork who had a very brief career as a parliamentary representative in the Irish Free State. He served for three months as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the National League Party, a short-lived party which advocated closer ties with the United Kingdom. He was a member of the Cork Corporation, served a term as Lord Mayor of Cork.

He was born in Limerick,[1] the son of a County Cork ironmonger,[1] was otherwise a master plumber.

He was elected at the June 1927 general election as a TD for the Cork Borough constituency, taking his seat as one of eight National League TDs in the 5th Dáil.[2] However, the 5th Dáil was short-lived, and at the September 1927 general election Horgan and all but two of his party's TDs lost their seats.[3] The party went bankrupt in 1928, and was formally disbanded in 1931.

Horgan subsequently joined Cumann na nGaedheal, and stood again as a Cumann na nGaedheal candidate in Cork Borough at the 1932 and 1933 general elections, but did not regain his seat.[4]

As a member of Fine Gael, Horgan was Lord Mayor of Cork for the term from 1941 to 1942. He retired from Cork Corporation in 1949 after 25 years' membership.[5]

He died at his residence, at 2, The Orchards, Glasheen Road, Cork, on 27 June 1955 aged 79.[5] and is buried at St. Finbarr's Cemetery. His grandson, Judge Seán O'Leary, served as Lord Mayor of Cork (1972–73).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Cadogan, Tim & Falvey, Jeremiah: A Biographical Dictionary of Cork p.138, Four Courts Press (2006), ISBN 1-84682-030-8
  2. ^ "Mr. John Horgan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "John Horgan". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Walker, Brian M. (ed) (1992). Parliamentary Elections in Ireland 1918–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. 
  5. ^ a b Irish Independent, 28 June 1955.
Civic offices
Preceded by
William Desmond
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
James Allen