When first married, they lived in a house they called
after O'Mara family's supposed origin.
P40/238 says it was spelt "Toomevara".
He was appointed member of Sinn Fein Standing Committee (or "Ard Chomhairle") for Dec 1918 general election.
P40/238 suggests they left "Toomevara" in 1920.
They moved (probably 1920) into his father's house, Strand House.
Mayor of Limerick, 22 Mar 1921 - Jan 1922 (elected for rest of his
Town Hall, Limerick.
He took over as Mayor of Limerick after his two predecessors were murdered by the Black and Tans on 7 Mar 1921. (Before them, the Mayor was his brother Phons.)
Stephen condemned the Black and Tans, and they targeted him.
"[Stephen] O'Mara too was a brave man, as a number of attempts had already been made on his life." [Hannan, 1997]
A special steel door was fitted upstairs in Strand House. Everyone slept behind it. He had "a bodyguard of picked men" [obituary].
He was arrested by the British in Apr 1921 and imprisoned for one week in Limerick gaol.
See Apr 1921 interview of his father.
Trustee of Dail Eireann Funds: His brother Jim resigned as Trustee of Dail funds, May 1921. Stephen the younger (NOT his father) was appointed in 1921 to replace him as Trustee and also as fund-raiser in the US.
He raised funds in the US in 1921, as his brother had before him. He was the underground government's Special Envoy to the US.
He opposed the Treaty that was signed in Dec 1921 (taking a stand against his own brother, Jim). He was the only O'Mara who went anti-Treaty.
He and de Valera were now both Trustees of the money raised by Jim for the Irish Republic, and both anti-Treaty Republicans. They argued that the money should go to the Republican side. The other trustee, Bishop Fogarty, supported the new Free State government. [Lavelle, 1961] describes the dispute, which carried on into the Civil War and beyond.
Mayor of Limerick, Jan 1922 - Jan 1923 (second term).
Re-elected Mayor Jan 1922,
when he was led in triumph from his house
by the IRA.
The Limerick Crisis, Feb-March 1922: In Feb 1922, when British forces were leaving Limerick, pro-Treaty and anti-Treaty forces faced off over who would control the barracks being evacuated. The situation was very tense. The Mayor Stephen O'Mara negotiated a compromise on 11 Mar 1922 that avoided conflict breaking out for now. See [Corbett, 2008].
But Civil War broke out nationally in June 1922.
The Free State secured Limerick on 18 July 1922.
O'Mara was arrested at Roscrea on 9 Dec 1922. He was imprisoned by Free State. The family were very worried that he would be executed.
Mayor of Limerick, Jan 1923 - 1 Oct 1923 (partial third term).
He was in prison at the start of this.
He was released March 1923.
Resigned as Mayor 1 Oct 1923 (or 4 Oct).
His biography in [Thom's Irish Who's Who, 1923] describes him as an "Alderman", and as "Managing Director" of "O'Mara, Ltd., Bacon Curers", living Strand House.
Strong supporter of Fianna Fail (founded 1926).
Stephen founded bacon factory in Claremorris, Co.Mayo, 1930.
Founded bacon factory in Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.
Member of the Government Commission on Vocational Organisation 1930s-40s.
Chairman of O'Mara's bacon company at time of O'Mara's centenary, 1939.
He was NOT a Senator (that was his father).
He said it was impossible to heat.
His sister Mary
was furious with him for demolishing it.
He built a second "Strand House" at the site in 1943 and lived there until his death. (This house is also now gone.)
Aodogán O'Rahilly remembered him sitting on the University Committee c.1957/58.
1958 article describes him as Chairman of O'Mara Bacon Factory.
Obituary describes him as Chairman of O'Mara Ltd and of the Claremorris and Donegal Bacon Companies.
Appointed to Council of State by President Eamon de Valera Oct 1959.
Stephen dies, 1959:
In 1959, the family moved out of the second Strand House. They moved to the next door house, Ivy Bank, Ennis Rd, Limerick.
Stephen organised the move, but died before moving in.
He died Mater Hospital, Dublin, Wed 11th Nov 1959, age 75 yrs.
See obituary in Limerick Leader, 11 Nov 1959.
Funeral Fri 13 Nov 1959, Gardiner St Church, Dublin (his brother's church), bur Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
See poem by Frank Gallagher, 1961, dedicated to Stephen. From J/552/71.
The O'Maras re-named Ivy Bank to "New Strand House".
Nancy died 11 Feb 1975, age 79 yrs.
She was bur Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
See draft of letter of condolence written by Michael Rynne to Peter, p.1 and p.2. From P133/2/18.
Stephen and Nancy had adopted issue:
Peter O'Mara and Nancy at front of Strand House, 1927.
See larger and full size.
See other picture.
From [P40/911]. Used with permission of [UL Archives].
See other picture (and back). From P133/2/20.
Eamon de Valera with the O'Maras in July 1932.
(De Valera had won the Feb 1932 election and was now President.)
Standing: Unknown. Unknown. Unknown.
Seated left to right: Peter O'Mara, Eamon de Valera, think Nancy, Stephen O'Mara.
Location is back door of Strand House.
See full size.
See copy and other shot. From [P40/912]. Used with permission of [UL Archives].
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