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David Sheehy, MP,
born 1844, Co.Limerick.
See entry in tree by Mary McCoy.
He mar 1876 to Bessie McCoy [Elizabeth, born 1849 or 1851].
He was an Irish Parliamentary Party MP from 1885 to 1900 and from 1903 to 1918.
He was prosecuted in 1889 along with his colleague Stephen O'Mara and other nationalists.
He was friends with the O'Maras. See letters in 1889-1893.
Stephen's son James O'Mara (later an MP) writes on 11 Feb 1898 that: "I brought David Sheehy to Sydenham with me and he spent the night with us".
Bessie died 1918.
David died 1932.
They had issue:

  1. Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington,
    feminist and nationalist,
    born Hanna Sheehy, 1877.
    She mar 1903 to Francis Sheehy-Skeffington [born Francis Skeffington, 1878].
    They adopted each other's names at marriage.
    He was a nationalist and pacifist.
    He was murdered by the crazed Capt. Bowen-Colthurst during the 1916 Rising.
    Hanna was not a pacifist. She supported the anti-Treaty IRA in the Civil War.
    She died 1946.
    They had issue:

    1. Owen Sheehy-Skeffington, born 1909,
      university lecturer and senator.

  2. Mary Sheehy.
    She mar Tom Kettle, MP.
    He was a writer, poet and Irish Parliamentary Party MP 1906-10.

  3. Kathleen Sheehy,
    mar Frank O'Brien
    and had issue:

    1. Conor Cruise O'Brien,
      mar 1stly to Christine Foster,
      mar 2ndly to Maire Mhac an tSaoi.

The wife of David Sheehy, MP, appears in Ulysses by Joyce.
Ulysses is set in 1904.
From p.216 of Modern Library edn.


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