James Kilroy (1890 – 5 January 1954) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and farmer.
In his earlier life, Kilroy was a District Councillor for the Belmullet
area and a member of the Belmullet Board of Guardians representing Sinn
Fein. He was also Captain of the Ballyglass Compay of the Irish Volunteers
and later Adjutant of the 7th Battalion Belmullet and was captured
after the burning of the Ballyglass Coast Guard Station in August 1920.
He was interred in Galway, and in Portland and Dartmoor until January
1922. He took the Anti-Treaty side in the subsequent Irish Civil War
and was a member of the 5th Brigade of the 4th Western Division
comprising Erris and Achill and North West Mayo. He was captured near
Westport in November 1922 while serving with a Flying Column there and
was interred in Harepark camp until 1924.
After his release, he was an active member in Belmullet in the formation of the Fianna Fáil and was elected to Mayo County Council for Belmullet electoral area in 1927. He was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo North constituency at the 1943 general election, and was re-elected at the 1944 and 1948 general elections. He lost his Dáil seat at the 1951 general election but at the subsequent 1951 Seanad Éireann election, he was elected by the Agricultural Panel.