Michael Flanagan (councillor)

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Alderman Michael Flanagan (29 September 1833 – 16 October 1931), known as "the Alderman", was a farmer, market gardener, justice of the peace and Irish nationalist politician and long-time member of Dublin Corporation, setting the record for the longest tenure on the corporation at that time, retiring at the age of 86.[1]

A member of the corporation from 1884 to 1919, Flanagan is said to have turned down the Lord Mayoralty of Dublin in 1900 because as a nationalist he did not wish to receive Queen Victoria on her visit to Ireland.[2] He was listed as a justice of the peace as of 1894.[3]

Flanagan was the father of the practical joker Willie "The Bird" Flanagan, and of Louisa Flanagan, wife of the First President of the Executive Council W. T. Cosgrave.[4] As a landowner and market gardener, Flanagan supplied much of Dublin with vegetables.[5]

Flanagan and his family lived in an 1820 house off the South Circular Road,[6] Portmahon House, Rialto.[7] He owned extensive lands around South-West County Dublin. In 2014 Dublin City Council named a community garden on the site of the former Fatima Mansions as "Flanagan's Fields" after him.[8]


  1. ^ Dear, dirty Dublin: a city in distress, 1899-1916, Joseph Valentine O'Brien, 1982. p. 93.
  2. ^ http://humphrysfamilytree.com/Flanagan/alderman.html
  3. ^ "Alderman Michael Flanagan". humphrysfamilytree.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  4. ^ http://humphrysfamilytree.com/Flanagan/alderman.html
  5. ^ http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/1916/after-the-rising/the-great-1916-sweepstakes-34318472.html
  6. ^ http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=DU&regno=50080204
  7. ^ Thom's Directory, 1870 to 1932.
  8. ^ http://www.dublincity.ie/launch-flanagans-fields-community-garden-and-grow-dome