Byrne Alfie

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Mr Alfie Byrne was elected MP to the British House of Commons for Dublin Harbour in a by-election on October 1, 1915, but lost his seat in 1918. In the 1922 elections, the first to be held in Ireland after the Treaty, he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Dublin Mid constituency. From then until his death he was an Independent TD, except from 1944 until 1948 when he was a member of the Seanad. Alfie Byrne was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin a record ten times between 1930 and 1955. The by-election caused by his death was won by his son Patrick Byrne.
Dublin: A City At War

Dublin in 1916 was very much a city at war. There were uniforms everywhere. Irish Volunteers and Citizen Army contingents regularly marched and drille(...)

Glory years: Alfie Byrne, nicknamed ‘the shaking hand of Dublin’ because of his relentless canvassing

He was elected lord mayor of Dublin a record 10 times. He was also an MP, a TD and a senator. Such was his popularity that he once looked likely to b(...)

The late Jim Mitchell with Patsy, Ruairí and Sinéad in 1976

Walking up the stone steps and opening the front door of the Mansion House with their own keys is one the most striking memories for the families o(...)

Everton’s predicament this season has been bothering Vinny. Seamus Coleman has been a wonder going forward but if Vinny was in charge he’d remind him of his primary duty – defending. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

The walk along the Clontarf promenade from the wooden bridge to the garda station and back measured six kilometres, for which Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pers(...)

Vandalism and neglect

The destruction of the Viking site at Wood Quay to make way for Dublin civic offices represented one of the greatest acts of official vandalism in the(...)

The Alfie Byrne memorial seat as it looks today (left) and how it looked shortly after completion.

The artist who created the Alfie Byrne monument in Clontarf has hit back at Dublin City Council for “belittling” his work.The council is to decommissi(...)

The Alfie Byrne memorial seat at Clontarf in Dublin has been neglected and vandalised in recent years.

A monument to one of Dublin’s most popular and longest-serving lord mayors is to be “decommissioned” by Dublin City Council. The council is to remove (...)