Art O'Connor

Arthur James Kickham O'Connor (18 May 1888 – 10 May 1950) was an Irish politician, lawyer and judge.[1]

Art O'Connor
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Secretary for Agriculture
In office
26 August 1921 – 9 January 1922
Preceded byRobert Barton
Succeeded byFionán Lynch
Teachta Dála
In office
May 1921 – June 1922
ConstituencyKildare South
In office
December 1918 – May 1921
ConstituencyKildare South
Personal details
Born(1888-05-18)18 May 1888
Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Died10 May 1950(1950-05-10) (aged 61)
Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
EducationBlackrock College
Alma materTrinity College Dublin

Early lifeEdit

He was born in 1888, the second son of Arthur O'Connor of Elm Hall, Celbridge, County Kildare (1834–1907) and his second wife Elizabeth (née Saul).[2] He was educated at Blackrock College, County Dublin. He obtained the dispensation which was at that time required by Catholics in order to study engineering at the then almost exclusively Protestant Trinity College Dublin, from which he duly graduated in 1911.


O'Connor was elected Sinn Féin MP for Kildare South at the 1918 general election.[3] In January 1919 Sinn Féin MPs, who had been elected in the Westminster elections of 1918, refused to recognise the Parliament of the United Kingdom and instead assembled as a unicameral revolutionary parliament called Dáil Éireann. In the 1st Dáil, he was appointed Substitute Director of Agriculture during the absence of Robert Barton. In the 2nd Dáil he held the position of Minister of Agriculture from 26 August 1921 to 9 January 1922. O'Connor subsequently opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and joined the Republican side. In March 1926, O'Connor became titular President of the Republic when Éamon de Valera resigned. He later resigned the presidency in 1927.[4] He lost his Dáil seat in the 1923 general election and failed to be elected again in 1927.

Later lifeEdit

He retired from politics, returned to Trinity College Dublin to study law, after graduating in law he was called to the bar, subsequently appointed as Senior counsel, eventually being appointed Circuit Judge for Cork city.

He never married and died suddenly at his family home, Elm Hall, in 1950,[2] and is buried in Donacomper Cemetery, Celbridge. His brothers were also involved in the Irish Republican movement and his sister Fanny was a member of Cumann na mBan. His brother Daniel was the State Solicitor for Kildare.


  1. ^ "Art O'Connor". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Dempsey, Pauric J. "O'Connor, Arthur James Kickham ('Art')". Dictionary of Irish Biography. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Art O'Connor". Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal: Art O'Connor. The President from Kildare". Archived from the original on 20 May 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by Secretary for Agriculture
Succeeded by