Daniel O'Rourke (politician)

Daniel O'Rourke (died 4 August 1968) was an Irish politician and sportsman.

He was born in the townland of Tents, near Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, but soon moved to County Roscommon, basing himself in Castlerea, where he worked as a teacher.[1] He was a GAA footballer and later president, a member of Roscommon County Council for 40 years,[2] and a Teachta Dála (TD) for periods between 1921 and 1951.

He was elected unopposed as a Sinn Féin TD to the 2nd Dáil at the 1921 elections for the Mayo South–Roscommon South constituency.[3] He said later that his election came as a surprise to him, as he did not know he had been nominated and did not want to be.[1] Although he opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, he voted in favour of it, as he believed the alternative of further war was worse.[1] He was re-elected unopposed as a pro-Treaty Sinn Féin TD at the 1922 general election.[4] He resigned his seat on 29 November 1922. He stood as a Fianna Fáil candidate at the September 1927 general election but was not elected.

He was elected as a Fianna Fáil TD at the 1932 general election for the Roscommon constituency but lost his seat at the 1933 general election. He was re-elected at the 1937 and 1938 general elections but again lost his seat at the 1943 general election. He was re-elected at the 1944 and 1948 general elections but once again lost his seat at the 1951 general election. At the 1951 Seanad election, he was elected on the Labour Panel. He stood unsuccessfully at the 1954 and 1957 general elections.

He played inter-county football for Roscommon, founded the Tarmon GAA club, and was President of the GAA from 1946 to 1949.[2]


  1. John Waters (12 May 2012). "The death of the diehard". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. "GAA Presidents". Gaelic Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. "Daniel O'Rourke". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  4. "Daniel O'Rourke". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 December 2008.

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