1835 – Birth of Patrick Guiney, soldier and politician, in Parkstown, Co. Tipperary

Patrick Guiney (15 January 1862 – 12 Oct 1913) was an Irish Nationalist politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Born in Kanturk, County Cork, the eldest son of Timothy Guiney, clerk of Kanturk Union. He was educated at St. Patrick’s Monastery, Mountrath, County Laois. He served three terms of imprisonment for activity in the Land War and later Plan of Campaign movement during the 1880s under the Coercion Act. He became a farmer and served as councillor for New-market and on the Cork County (1908-1911) as well as Chair of Newmarket Agricultural Society, Newmarket Gaelic League Class and Newmarket Old-Age Pensions Committee.

As a supporter of William O’Brien’s All-for-Ireland League he was elected as MP for North-Cork in the January 1910 general election. He was re-elected in the following December 1910 general election when he also contested (unsuccessfully) for Kerry East.

He married Nanette O’Connor of Ballyclough, Mallow in 1895 and died at his home in Newmarket three years later on the 12 October 1913 and was buried in Clonfert Cemetery, Newmarket.

His brother John Guiney (1868-1926), who practiced as a solicitor in Kanturk, was returned unopposed for his seat in the resulting by-election. John was the father of Dave Guiney, one of Ireland’s most versatile athletes. Patrick and John were uncles of Philip Burton (1910-1995), Fine Gael TD for Cork North East 1961-69, and member of the Seanad 1973-77.

Photo: All-for-Ireland League group portrait of five of its Independent Members of Parliament, in the “Cork Free Press” July 30th 1910. These are: Patrick Guiney (North Cork), James Gilhooly (West Cork), Maurice Healy (North-east Cork), D. D. Sheehan (Mid Cork), and Eugene Crean (South-east Cork).

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