Rory Kiely

Rory Kiely (1 May 1934 – 13 June 2018) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. Kiely was an unsuccessful candidate for the Dáil at the 1969 general election for the Limerick West.[1] Kiely was first elected in 1977, to the 14th Seanad. He was re-elected by the Agricultural Panel to every subsequent Seanad, except for the short-lived 16th Seanad in 1982, until he retired in 2007. He was the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann from 2002 to 2007.[2]

He was born in Feenagh, Kilmallock, County Limerick. A farmer, he was married to Eileen Kiely (née O'Connor) and had two sons and two daughters. He was educated at C.B.S. Charleville, County Cork and University College Cork (Diploma in Social and Rural Science).

He was a trustee of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and was a member of Munster Council GAA from 1982. He was also a former chairman of Limerick GAA county board.

He died on 13 June 2018 at the age of 84.[3]


  1. "Rory Kiely". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  2. "Rory Kiely". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  3. "President pays tribute to 'legendary' Limerick GAA figure and former senator Rory Kiely". Limerick Leader. 13 June 2018.
Preceded by
Brian Mullooly
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
Succeeded by
Pat Moylan
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