Margaret Mary Pearse

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Margaret Mary Pearse (24 August 1878 – 7 November 1968) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and teacher.[1] She was the sister of Patrick Pearse, one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Early life[edit]

Margaret Pearse was born at 27 Great Brunswick Street, in Dublin, the eldest child of James Pearse and Margaret Pearse née Brady. She was educated at the Holy Faith Convent in Glasnevin. After leaving school, she trained as a teacher. She helped to found St Enda's School with her brothers Patrick and Willie.[2] Following the executions of her brothers in the aftermath of the Easter Rising, Margaret continued to run St Enda's until 1933.

Political career[edit]

She was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin County constituency at the 1933 general election.[3] She was defeated at 1937 general election but was elected to the Administrative Panel of the 2nd Seanad. She served in the Seanad until her death in 1968.[4] She was a founding member of the teaching staff of Ardscoil Éanna in Crumlin, Dublin, upon its establishment in 1939. Her mother Margaret Pearse also served as a TD in the 1920s.

Later life[edit]

Margaret died in Dublin in 1968 and was accorded a state funeral. As per her mother's wishes, she bequeathed St Enda's to the people of Ireland as a memorial to her brother's sacrifice.[5] The school is now home to Pearse Museum.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Margaret Mary Pearse". Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics (QUB). Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Boylan, Henry (1998). A dictionary of Irish biography (3. ed.). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0717125076. 
  3. ^ "Ms. Margaret Mary Pearse". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Margaret Mary Pearse". Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "After the Rising | Pearse Museum". Retrieved 23 July 2016.