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Frank Fahy

Biography

Born in Loughrea, Co. Galway in 1879, Frank Fahy trained as a teacher was heavily involved in the Gaelic League and the GAA as a young man. He was also a founding member of the Irish Volunteers, and served as Captain of C Company in the 1st Dublin Battalion, which occupied the Four Courts during the Easter Rising. He was imprisoned for his part in the Rising, and later again in connection with the “German Plot”. He was elected in the Galway South constituency during the 1918 general election, also maintaining a teaching position and participating in the War of Independence during these years. An opponent of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, he joined Fianna Fáil in 1926 and held on to his Dáil seat for a total of thirty-five years- serving as Ceann Comhairle between 1932 and 1951- until his death in 1953.

 

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