South County Dublin (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the 1969–1981 constituency, see Dublin County South (Dáil Éireann constituency).
South Dublin
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One

South Dublin was a county constituency in Ireland from 1885 to 1922. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, using the first past the post voting system.

Prior to the 1885 general election the area was part of the Dublin County constituency. From 1922 it was not represented in the UK Parliament.


This constituency comprised the south-eastern part of County Dublin.

From 1885–1918, it was a strip along the coast south of the city of Dublin to the county boundary. The constituency was bounded by the city of Dublin to the north, North Dublin to the west, East Wicklow to the south and the sea to the east. It included Dalkey, Kingstown, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Glencullen.

In 1918–1922 South Dublin was the southernmost of three constituencies south of the city of Dublin. The constituency boundary was also pushed a little further west than that of its previous incarnation had been. The other two successor constituencies to the 1885–1918 South Dublin were Rathmines, south of the city of Dublin, and Pembroke to the north of South Dublin. The other surrounding constituencies were unchanged.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Sir Thomas Henry Grattan Esmonde Irish Parliamentary Party
1891 Anti-Parnellite
1892 Horace Plunkett Unionist
1900 John Joseph Mooney Irish Parliamentary Party
1906 Walter Hume Long Unionist
Jan. 1910 Bryan Cooper Unionist
Dec. 1910 William Francis Cotton Irish Parliamentary Party
1917 by-election Michael Louis Hearn Irish Parliamentary Party
1918 George Gavan Duffy Sinn Féin
1922 constituency abolished


Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: South County Dublin[1]

Registered electors 11,316
(Population 72,636)

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Sir T. H. G. Esmonde 5,022 60.69 Increase2.9
Liberal Unionist J. T. Pim 3,254 39.32 n/a
Turnout 8,276 73.14 Decrease5.07
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing
General Election 1885: South County Dublin[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Sir T. H. G. Esmonde 5,114 57.79 n/a
Irish Conservative Ion. T. Hamilton 3,736 42.21 n/a
Majority 1,378 15.58 n/a
Turnout 8,850 78.21 n/a
Irish Parliamentary win