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James Mary O'Mara

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James Mary O'Mara

Birth
Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Death
21 Nov 1948 (aged 75)
Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial
Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland Add to Map
Plot
VD 12-13,
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James M. O'Mara

Birth.
James O'Mara, son of Stephen O'Mara and Ellen O'Mara, formerly Pigott, was born on 6 August 1873, at Roche's Street, Limerick.
His father was a Provision Merchant.

Marriage.
James M. O'Mara, aged 22, a bachelor, an Agent, from 35 Norfolk Street, Strand, London, son of Stephen O'Mara, a Merchant, married Mary Agnes Cashel, aged 23, a spinster, from 52, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, daughter of B. H. Cashel, a Goods Agent, on 23 April 1895, at St. Saviour's Church, Dominick Street, Dublin.
The witnesses were,
Kathleen M. Cashel, of 52, Lr. Glanmire Rd, Cork,
Joseph O'Mara, of Hartstonge House, Limerick

Death.
James O'Mara, aged 75, married, a Bacon Curer, from The Grove, Killiney, died at the Private Part of the Mater Hospital at 30 Eccles Street, Dublin, on 21 November 1948.
The cause of death was Aderenultous ? Prostate, Uraemia, Cardiac Failure, certified.

At his death, James O'Mara was one of the wealthiest men in Ireland.

The following [edited] biography has been taken from Wikipedia
James O'Mara (6 August 1873 – 21 November 1948) was an Irish businessman and politician who became a nationalist leader and key member of the revolutionary First Dáil. As an MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, he introduced the bill which made Saint Patrick's Day a national holiday in Ireland in 1903. He was one of the few politicians to have served both as member in the House of Commons and in Dáil Éireann.

Early life
O'Mara was born in Limerick, son of Stephen O'Mara and Ellen Pigott and educated by the Christian Brothers in Limerick, and at Clongowes Wood College in Dublin. His studies at the Royal University of Ireland were postponed after the death of his Uncle Jim in 1893, when James was sent to London to take over his Uncle's business functions. After his marriage in 1895 to Agnes Cashel, sister of the republican activist in later life Alice Cashel, he moved to Epsom in Surrey, and then to Sydenham in London. He finally got his B.A. degree from the Royal University in 1898.

Political career
In the 1900 general election, O'Mara was elected unopposed as Irish Parliamentary Party MP for South Kilkenny.
His career in Westminster is noted for his introduction of the Bill which became the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, making Saint Patrick's Day a national holiday. O'Mara later introduced the law which required that pubs be closed on 17 March, a provision which was repealed only in the 1970s.
In 1907, O'Mara resigned from Parliament and from the Irish Parliamentary Party to join Sinn Féin, the first MP to do so. He returned to Dublin in 1914 to continue his work in the bacon business, and remained active in Sinn Féin.

Dáil Éireann
At the 1918 general election, he was Sinn Féin's Director of Finance and the party's fourth Director of Elections (his three predecessors having been imprisoned). He was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for his old constituency of Kilkenny South, defeating the Irish Party's Matthew Keating by 8,685 votes to 1,855. South Kilkenny was one of 73 constituencies returning Sinn Féin MPs pledged not to take their seats at Westminster. In the First Dáil Éireann he became Trustee of Dáil Éireann funds, and travelled to the United States with Éamon de Valera to pursue a fund-raising drive. He resigned his trusteeship and his Dáil seat in 1921 after a disagreement with de Valera.

A supporter of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, he was appointed as the first Irish Ambassador to the United States, but served only briefly.
After the death in 1923 of Philip Cosgrave, the Cumann na nGaedheal TD for Dublin South and brother of W. T. Cosgrave, O'Mara stood as the Cumann na nGaedheal candidate in the resulting by-election. Polling took place on 12 March 1924, and O'Mara was returned to the 4th Dáil, which sat until 1927. He did not contest the June 1927 general election, and retired from politics.

He died on 21 November 1948 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. His wife Agnes died on 2 June 1958.
James M. O'Mara

Birth.
James O'Mara, son of Stephen O'Mara and Ellen O'Mara, formerly Pigott, was born on 6 August 1873, at Roche's Street, Limerick.
His father was a Provision Merchant.

Marriage.
James M. O'Mara, aged 22, a bachelor, an Agent, from 35 Norfolk Street, Strand, London, son of Stephen O'Mara, a Merchant, married Mary Agnes Cashel, aged 23, a spinster, from 52, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, daughter of B. H. Cashel, a Goods Agent, on 23 April 1895, at St. Saviour's Church, Dominick Street, Dublin.
The witnesses were,
Kathleen M. Cashel, of 52, Lr. Glanmire Rd, Cork,
Joseph O'Mara, of Hartstonge House, Limerick

Death.
James O'Mara, aged 75, married, a Bacon Curer, from The Grove, Killiney, died at the Private Part of the Mater Hospital at 30 Eccles Street, Dublin, on 21 November 1948.
The cause of death was Aderenultous ? Prostate, Uraemia, Cardiac Failure, certified.

At his death, James O'Mara was one of the wealthiest men in Ireland.

The following [edited] biography has been taken from Wikipedia
James O'Mara (6 August 1873 – 21 November 1948) was an Irish businessman and politician who became a nationalist leader and key member of the revolutionary First Dáil. As an MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, he introduced the bill which made Saint Patrick's Day a national holiday in Ireland in 1903. He was one of the few politicians to have served both as member in the House of Commons and in Dáil Éireann.

Early life
O'Mara was born in Limerick, son of Stephen O'Mara and Ellen Pigott and educated by the Christian Brothers in Limerick, and at Clongowes Wood College in Dublin. His studies at the Royal University of Ireland were postponed after the death of his Uncle Jim in 1893, when James was sent to London to take over his Uncle's business functions. After his marriage in 1895 to Agnes Cashel, sister of the republican activist in later life Alice Cashel, he moved to Epsom in Surrey, and then to Sydenham in London. He finally got his B.A. degree from the Royal University in 1898.

Political career
In the 1900 general election, O'Mara was elected unopposed as Irish Parliamentary Party MP for South Kilkenny.
His career in Westminster is noted for his introduction of the Bill which became the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, making Saint Patrick's Day a national holiday. O'Mara later introduced the law which required that pubs be closed on 17 March, a provision which was repealed only in the 1970s.
In 1907, O'Mara resigned from Parliament and from the Irish Parliamentary Party to join Sinn Féin, the first MP to do so. He returned to Dublin in 1914 to continue his work in the bacon business, and remained active in Sinn Féin.

Dáil Éireann
At the 1918 general election, he was Sinn Féin's Director of Finance and the party's fourth Director of Elections (his three predecessors having been imprisoned). He was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for his old constituency of Kilkenny South, defeating the Irish Party's Matthew Keating by 8,685 votes to 1,855. South Kilkenny was one of 73 constituencies returning Sinn Féin MPs pledged not to take their seats at Westminster. In the First Dáil Éireann he became Trustee of Dáil Éireann funds, and travelled to the United States with Éamon de Valera to pursue a fund-raising drive. He resigned his trusteeship and his Dáil seat in 1921 after a disagreement with de Valera.

A supporter of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, he was appointed as the first Irish Ambassador to the United States, but served only briefly.
After the death in 1923 of Philip Cosgrave, the Cumann na nGaedheal TD for Dublin South and brother of W. T. Cosgrave, O'Mara stood as the Cumann na nGaedheal candidate in the resulting by-election. Polling took place on 12 March 1924, and O'Mara was returned to the 4th Dáil, which sat until 1927. He did not contest the June 1927 general election, and retired from politics.

He died on 21 November 1948 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. His wife Agnes died on 2 June 1958.

Inscription

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In Loving Memory Of
JAMES O'MARA
formerly M.P. for South Kilkenny
and later T.D. for South Dublin
died 21st November 1948, aged 75.
and his wife
MARY AGNES O'MARA
died 2nd June 1959
Sacred Heart of Jesus
I place my trust in Thee
-- -- -- --
and his daughter
SHEILA
beloved wife of Capt GEORGE RICE, of Templeville, Killiney
who died 21st August 1951
-- -- -- --
and her husband
Comdt. GEORGE H. RICE
died 13th Aug. 1963
STEPHEN C. son of JAMES and MARY O'MARA
died 6th August 1978

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Miss
ELIZABETH
SHEAHAN
died 7th March
1960



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