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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Lord Mayor of Cork

The Lord Mayor of Cork is the honorific title of the Chairman (IrishCathaoirleach) of Cork City Council which is the local government body for the city of Cork in Ireland. The incumbent is Terry Shannon of Fianna Fáil. The office holder is elected annually by the members of the Council.

In 1199, there is a record of the appointment of a Provost of Cork, as chief magistrate of the city. From 1273 under Edward I there were Mayors of Cork, the first record of the office (as Mayor of Cork) is in a charter granted to the city by Edward II in 1318. The title was changed to Lord Mayor in a charter issued by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900; unlike his counterparts, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Lord Mayor of Belfast, the Cork Lord Mayor was not entitled to title The Right Honourable. The title Lord Mayor defines the power of a city when compared to other towns and cities around the country. Only Dublin, Belfast and Cork have the privilege of using the title Lord Mayor, as opposed to just simply Mayor.
In a ceremony known as Throwing the Dart, the Lord Mayor throws a dart into Cork Harbour at its boundaries, to symbolise the city's control over the port. This tradition was first recorded in 1759, although it is probably older.
The Lord Mayor is elected to office annually by councillors of Cork City Council from amongst its members. The current Lord Mayor is Cllr. Terry Shannon of Fianna Fáil. The position of Lord Mayor has been rotated between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party on an annual basis since 1979 as a result of a controversial pact between the three parties.

Provost of Cork

Year[8]NameDuring Reign of
1199John DespencerKing John
1236Walter EynoffHenry III
1249Elias StakepoleHenry III
1251John WenchedonHenry III
1252Walter WrightHenry III
1272Nick MorrenHenry III

Mayors of Cork

1272Richard MorrenDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1273Richard WineDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1274Richard LeeDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1279Walter TardiffDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1281Walter RuteDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1285Peter RusselDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1287William PollardDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1290Walter TardiffDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1291Walter O'HeynDuring the reign of King Edward I of England.
1293John LavallenDuring the reign of King Edward II of England.
1310John WaltersDuring the reign of King Edward II of England.
1311William BondDuring the reign of King Edward II of England.
1312Nich. de la WeilyDuring the reign of King Edward II of England.
1379David MiaghDuring the reign of King Richard II of England.
1381David MiaghDuring the reign of King Richard II of England.
1644Robert Coppinger
1645James Lombard
1645–1655During Cromwellian usurpation.
1656John Hodder1st Mayor after the Act of Settlement that restored King Charles II of England.
1657William Hodder
1658Philip Mathews
1659Jonas Morris
1660Christopher Oliver
1661Walter Cooper
1662Richard CovertFirst Mayor of Cork from the Huguenot community
1663James Vandeleur
1664Richard Bassen
1665Nobler Dunscombe
1666Thomas Farren
1667Christopher Rye
1668Christopher Rye
1669Mathew Deane
1670James Finch
1671John Newenham
1672John Hawkins
1673Thomas Mills
1674John Bayley
1675George Wright
1676William Field
1677Timothy Tuckey
1678Thomas Kitchenman
1679John Bayley
1680Robert Rogers
1681William Alwin
1682Richard CovertSecond Term. His name is sometimes anglicised as Covett.
1683John Wright
1684Edward Webber
1685Christopher Crofts
1686Edward Hoare
1687William BallardKing James II of England also appointed Ignatius Gold. Would be mayor in 1690 also.
1687Ignatius GoldFor King James II. He and his family forfeited estates in Ireland after James loss. Last Catholic to hold the post until William Lyons.
1688Patrick RoachFor King William
1689Dominick SarsfieldFourth Viscount Sarsfield
1690William Ballard
1691Mathew DeaneBaronet from Charleville, son served as an MP Cork as did his son.
1692Daniel Crone
1693William Howell
1694Peter RenewHuguenot also served as Sheriff in 1681. Surname originally Renieu.
1695Samuel LoveCastle Saffron near Doneraile.
1696James French
1697William Roberts
1698William GoddardMayor of the Staple of Cork
1699Theo. Morris
1700John Sealy
1701Simon DringSurname sometimes listed as Tiring.
1702John Whiting
1703Edmund KnappServed as M.P. for. Cork City, 1715–27
1704William AndrewsA former Sheriff in 1698.
1705Francis CotterelA former Sheriff in 1700.
1706Bernard PoyeA former Sheriff in 1707.
1707Joseph Franklin
1708Row. Delahoyde
1709Noblet RogersA former Sheriff in 1706
1710Edward HoareA former Sheriff in 1707 also served as M.P. for. Cork City.
1711Richard PhilipsA former Sheriff.
1712Daniel PerdianHuguenot also served as Sheriff in 1704. Surname originally Perdriau.
1713John Allen
1714Edward Browne
1715Philip FrenchPreviously served as a sheriff in 1712.
1716William LambleyPreviously served as a sheriff.
1717Abraham FrenchPreviously served as a sheriff.
1718John MorleyPreviously served as a sheriff.
1719John TerryPreviously served as a sheriff in 1711.
1720Joseph LavitHuguenot also served as Sheriff in 1713. Surname also spelled Lavite.
1721William Hawkins
1722Daniel Pearse
1723Ed. Brockelsby
1724George Bennett
1725Ambrose Cremore
1726Robert Atkins
1727Thomas Browne
1728Hugh Millard
1729John Atkins
1730Joseph Austin
1731James Hulett
1732Samuel Croker
1733Thomas Pembroke
1734George FullerFreeman of cork, elected alderman 1727.
1735Amb. Jackson
1736Thomas Farren
1737John Baldwin
1738Adam Newman
1739William Fuller
1740Harding Parker
1741Richard Bradshaw
1742William Owgans
1743Randall Westropp
1744William Winthrop
1745Walter LavitHuguenot son of Joseph, also served as Sheriff in 1733
1800Philip Allen
1801Michael Robert Westropp
1802Michael Robert Westroppre-elected
1803Richard Lane
1804Thomas Wagget
1805Charles Evanson
1806Rowland Morrison
1807John Day
1808Thomas Harding
1809John Foster
1810Noblett Johnson
1811Paul Maylor
1812Thomas Dorman
1813Peter Dumas
1814Sir David Perrier
1815Henry Sadlier
1816John George Newsom
1817Edward Allen
1818Thomas Gibbings
1819Richard Digby
1820Isaac Jones
1821Sir Anthony PerrierHuguenot and noted for Distillation method.
1822Edward Newsom
1823Henry BagnellMerchant
1824Bartholomew Gibbings
1825John N. Wrixon
1826Thomas Harrison
1827Richard N. Parker
1828Thomas DunscombeBlackrock Observatory Built during his term
1829Thomas Pope
1830George Knapp
1831Joseph Garde
1832John BesnardHuguenot / Weaver
1833Joseph LeycesterConservative
1834Charles Perry
1835Andrew Spearing
1836Peter BesnardHuguenot / Weaver
1837John Saunders
1838John Bagnell
1839Lionel J. Westropp
1840James Lane
1841Juilius BesnardHuguenot / Weaver
1842Thomas LyonsMerchant
1843Francis Bernard BeamishRepeal AssociationFrom the brewing family.
1844William FaganRepeal Association/Whig
1845Richard Dowden
1846Andrew F. Roche
1847Edward HackettDied in Office
1847Andrew RocheReplaced Hackett
1848William LyonsFirst Catholic Mayor of Cork since 1688.
Father of Robert Spencer Dyer Lyons MP and physician.
1849Sir William Lyonsre-elected and Knighted on royal visit.
1850John Shea
1851James Lambkin
1852William Hackett
1853John Francis MaguireBecame an MP for Dungarvan then Cork City
1854John N. Murphy
1855Sir John Gordon
1856William Fitzgibbon
1857William Fitzgibbon
1858Daniel Donegan
1859John ArnottLiberalBusinessman born in Scotland, founder of the Arnotts department chain.
1860Sir John ArnottLiberalHe was Knighted
1861Sir John ArnottLiberalServed as an MP for Kinsale
1862John Francis MaguireLiberalalso an MP
1863John Francis MaguireLiberal
1864John Francis MaguireLiberal
1865Charles J. Cantillon
1866Francis LyonsLiberal
1867Francis LyonsLiberal
1868Francis LyonsLiberal
1869Daniel O'Sullivan
1870William Hegarty
1871John DalyHome Rule League
1872John DalyIrish Parliamentary Party
1873John DalyIrish Parliamentary Party
1874Daniel A. Nagle
1875Daniel A. Nagle
1876George PenroseKnighted
1877Barry J. Sheehan
1878William V. Greeg
1879Patrick Kennedy
1880Patrick Kennedy
1881Sir Daniel V. O'SullivanGrandfather of Maureen O'Sullivan Actress
1882Daniel J. Galvin
1883Daniel J. Galvin
1884Daniel J. GalvinUntil June replaced
1884Barry J. SheehanFrom June
1885Paul J. Madden
1886Paul J. Madden
1887John O'Brien
1888John O'Brien
1889Daniel Ryan
1890Daniel HorganIrish National League
1891Daniel HorganIrish National LeagueNationalist supported Charles Stewart Parnell in Irish Parliamentary Party split
1892Daniel HorganIrish National League
1893Augustine RocheIrish Parliamentary PartySupported Parnell in split
1894Augustine RocheIrish Parliamentary Party
1895Patrick H. Meade
1896Sir John ScottUnionist
1897Patrick H. Meade
1898Patrick H. Meade
1899–1900Eugene CreanIrish Parliamentary Partylast officeholder before title was changed

[edit]Lord Mayors of Cork

1901Edward FitzgeraldCreated a baronet "of Geraldine Place in the Parish of St Finbarr, in the City and County of Cork" 7 September 1903
1902Edward Fitzgerald
1903Sir Edward FitzGerald, Bt..
1904Augustine RocheIrish Parliamentary PartyMP for Cork 1905–1910
1905Joseph Barrett
1906Joseph Barrett
1907Richard Cronin
1908Thomas Donovan
1909Thomas Donovan
1910Thomas Donovan
1911Henry O'Shea
1911James SimcoxAll-for-Ireland League
1912James SimcoxAll-for-Ireland League
1912Henry O'SheaIrish Parliamentary PartyRedmondite IPP
1913Henry O'SheaIrish Parliamentary Party
1914Henry O'SheaIrish Parliamentary Party
1915Henry O'SheaIrish Parliamentary Party
1916Thomas C. Butterfield
1917Thomas C. Butterfield
1918Thomas C. Butterfield
1919William F. O'Connor
1920Tomás Mac CurtainSinn FéinFirst Sinn Féin Lord Mayor, shot dead by members of the
Royal Irish Constabulary during the Irish War of Independence
1920Terence MacSwineySinn FéinMacCurtain's successor, died in hunger strike in Brixton Prison
1920Donal O'CallaghanSinn Féin
1921Donal O'CallaghanSinn Féin
1922Donal O'CallaghanSinn Féin
1923Donal O'CallaghanSinn Féin
1924Seán FrenchSinn FéinCork TD, Longest serving Lord Mayor of Cork
since the foundation of the state
1925Seán FrenchSinn Féin
1926Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1927Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1928Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1929Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1930Frank DalyFianna Fáil
1931Frank DalyFianna Fáil
1932Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1933Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1934Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1935Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1936Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1937Seán FrenchFianna FáilDied in office
1937James HickeyLabour Party
1938James HickeyLabour Party
1939James HickeyLabour Party
1940William DesmondFine Gael
1941John HorganFine Gael
1942James Allen
1942Richard AnthonyLabour Party
1943James HickeyLabour Party
1944Seán Cronin
1945Michael SheehanIndependent
1946Michael SheehanIndependent
1947Michael SheehanIndependent
1948Michael SheehanIndependent
1949Seán McCarthyFianna Fáil
1950Seán McCarthyFianna Fáil
1951Walter FurlongFianna Fáil
1952Patrick McGrathFianna Fáil
1953Patrick McGrathFianna Fáil
1954Patrick McGrathFianna Fáil
1955Patrick McGrathFianna Fáil
1956Seán CaseyLabour Party

1957Richard (Val) JagoFianna Fáil
1958Seán McCarthyFianna Fáil
1959Jane DowdallFianna FáilFirst female Lord Mayor of Cork
1960Stephen D. BarrettFine Gael
1961Anthony BarryFine Gael
1962Seán CaseyLabour Party
1963Seán McCarthyFianna Fáil
1964Gus HealyFianna Fáil
1965Cornelius DesmondLabour Party
1966Seán CaseyLabour PartyDied in office
1966Seán McCarthyFianna Fáil
1967Pearse WyseFianna Fáil
1968John BerminghamFine Gael
1969Thomas Pearse LeahyLabour Party
1970Peter BarryFine GaelFormer Minister for Foreign Affairs
1971Timothy J. O'SullivanFine Gael
1972Seán O'LearyFine Gael
1973Patrick KerriganLabour Party
1974Pearse WyseFianna Fáil
1975Gus HealyFianna Fáil
1976Seán FrenchFianna Fáil
1977Gerald GoldbergFianna FáilFirst Jewish Lord Mayor of Cork
1978Brian C. SloaneFianna Fáil
1979Jim CorrFine Gael
1980Toddy O'SullivanLabour Party
1981Paud BlackFianna Fáil
1982Hugh CoveneyFine GaelMinister for Defence & Minister for the Marine
1983John DennehyFianna Fáil
1984Liam BurkeFine Gael
1985Dan WallaceFianna Fáil
1986Gerry O'SullivanLabour PartyLabour Party TD and Minister of State for the Marine.
1987Thomas BrosnanFianna Fáil
1988Bernard AllenFine Gael
1989Chrissie AherneFianna Fáil
1990Frank NashLabour Party
1991Denis CreganFine Gael
1992Micheál MartinFianna FáilFormer Minister for Foreign Affairs
1993John MurrayLabour Party
1994Tim FalveyFianna Fáil
1995Joe O'CallaghanLabour Party
1996Jim CorrFine Gael
1997Dave McCarthyFianna Fáil
1998Joe O'FlynnLabour Party
1999Damian WallaceFianna FáilSon of Dan Wallace, Lord Mayor in 1985
2000P. J. HouricanFine Gael
2001Tom O'DriscollFianna Fáil
2002John KelleherLabour Party
2003Colm BurkeFine Gael
2004Seán MartinFianna Fáil
2005Deirdre CluneFine Gael
2006Michael AhernLabour Party
2007Donal CounihanFianna Fáil
2008Brian BerminghamFine GaelSon of John Bermingham, Lord Mayor in 1968
2009Dara MurphyFine Gael
2010Mick O'ConnellLabour Party
2011Terry ShannonFianna Fáil

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