Séamus Dwyer

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(James J.) Séamus Dwyer (15 November 1886 – 20 December 1922) was an Irish politician. Serving as an intelligence officer for the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Republican Army, and as a Dáil Court judge he was imprisoned by the British in 1921.[1] He was elected unopposed at the 1921 elections for the Dublin County constituency as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) in the 2nd Dáil.[2] He voted in favour of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. He stood as a pro-Treaty Sinn Féin candidate at the 1922 general election but was not elected.[3]

On 20 December 1922 he was shot dead in his shop at 5 Rathmines Terrace, Dublin.[4] by anti-Treaty Volunteer Commdt. Robert 'Bobbie' Bonfield.[5] "At about 4.50pm Mr O'Dwyer was talking to a customer when a young man enter the shop, addressing O'Dwyer the young man asked ‘Are you Mr O'Dwyer?’. O'Dwyer replied yes and the young man said I have a note for you. The young man reached into the pocket of his overcoat a drew a revolver, he fired twice at O'Dwyer at point-blank range. O'Dwyer died instantly. The customer and a shop assistant gave chase but were unable to catch the assassin."[6]

O'Dwyer was married. He was a member of the Peace Committee of ten men which sat in May 1922 which brought about the agreement between Collins and de Valera, he was a personal friend of Michael Collins.[6]


  1. ^ Michael McKenna. "Who was Séamus Dwyer?". The Irish Story: Irish History Online. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Séamus Dwyer". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Séamus Dwyer". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Murdered in his Shop". The Irish Times. 21 December 1922. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Michael McKenna. "Who was Séamus Dwyer?". The Irish Story: Irish History Online. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b http://irishmedals.org/civilians-killed-civil-war.html