John Joseph Fitzgerald

 

 

 John Joseph Fitzgerald

 

 

Born at Short Castle, Mallow on the 18th February 1872 he was the son of John Fitzgerald and Margaret Fenlon. He received his primary education from the Patrician Brothers and his Secondary at the Patrician Academy and at Mungret College Co. Limerick.

In 1887, he was a monitor in the Patrician Academy, and in 1892 when he was 20 years of age he was awarded a B.A. from the Royal University. He continued to teach in the Academy until 1904.

In 1902 having actively campaigned for the establishment of an Urban District Council for Mallow, he became its first Chairman. The same year he was elected to Cork County Council when he beat the outgoing candidate, Tom Barry, in a bitterly fought campaign, by 903 votes to 570. Three years later, he was returned unopposed. He was secretary of the local branch of the United Irish League which was founded by Wm O’Brien M.P. and was involved at Central Council level in the Irish Land and Labour Association. These were two important national organisations at the turn of the 20th century. He was also studying law and he expected to be called to the bar in 1906, the year of his death. It would appear that he was preparing himself to represent Northeast Cork at Westminster.

 

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His sudden death on April 6th 1906 was received with a deep sense of regret by the people of Mallow and the surrounding area. On April 9th the day after his funeral, the first steps were taken to erect a monument to his memory. Within a year £350 was collected and the monument, at the junction of O’Brien Street and Thomas Davis Street, was unveiled by Wm O’Brien on October 13th 1907.