East Clare (UK Parliament constituency)

East Clare was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament (MP) 1885–1922.

East Clare
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851922
Number of membersOne
Created fromClare and Ennis

Prior to the 1885 United Kingdom general election the area was part of the Clare constituency. From 1922 it was not represented in the UK Parliament.

BoundariesEdit

This constituency comprised the eastern part of County Clare. In 1918, it was extended to include a small part of County Galway which had been transferred to Clare in 1898.

1885–1918: The baronies of Burren, Bunratty Lower, Bunratty Upper, Tulla Lower, Tulla Upper, that part of the barony of Inchiquin consisting of the parishes of Dysert, Kilkeedy, Killinaboy, Kilnamona, Rath (excluding the townlands of Carrowvere, Drinagh, Loughnagowan, Martry, Moanreel North and Moanreel South) and Ruan, and that part of the barony of Islands consisting of the parishes of Clare Abbey, Clondagad (excluding the townlands of Dehomad, Furroor and Liscasey), Drumcliff and Killone.

1918–1922: The existing East Clare constituency, together with that part of the South Galway constituency comprised in the administrative county of Clare.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Years Member [1] Party
1885–1892 Joseph Richard Cox Irish Parliamentary Party
1892–1900 Willie Redmond Parnellite Nationalist
1900–1917 Irish Parliamentary Party
1917–1922 Éamon de Valera Sinn Féin

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General election 28 November 1885: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Richard Cox 6,224 95.6 N/A
Irish Conservative Lucius O'Brien 289 4.4 N/A
Majority 5,935 91.2 N/A
Turnout 6,513 64.3 N/A
Registered electors 10,128
Irish Parliamentary win (new seat)
General election 5 July 1886: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Richard Cox Unopposed
Registered electors 10,128
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1890sEdit

General election 12 July 1892: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish National League Willie Redmond 3,203 53.7 N/A
Irish National Federation Joseph Richard Cox 2,759 46.3 N/A
Majority 444 7.4 N/A
Turnout 5,962 53.2 N/A
Registered electors 11,198
Irish National League gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General election 19 July 1895: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish National League Willie Redmond 3,315 50.4 -3.3
Irish National Federation P. A. McHugh 3,258 49.6 +3.3
Majority 57 0.8 -6.6
Turnout 6,573 61.0 +7.8
Registered electors 10,780
Irish National League hold Swing −3.3

Elections in the 1900sEdit

General election 2 October 1900: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Willie Redmond Unopposed
Registered electors 12,028
Irish Parliamentary hold
General election 15 January 1906: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Willie Redmond Unopposed
Registered electors 8,585
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General election 18 January 1910: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Willie Redmond Unopposed
Registered electors 8,709
Irish Parliamentary hold
General election 6 December 1910: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Willie Redmond Unopposed
Registered electors 8,709
Irish Parliamentary hold
  • Death of Redmond
By-election 10 July 1917: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Éamon de Valera 5,010 71.1 New
Irish Parliamentary Patrick Lynch, K.C. 2,035 28.9 N/A
Majority 2,975 42.2 N/A
Turnout 7,045 77.2 N/A
Registered electors 9,130
Sinn Féin gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General Election 14 December 1918: Clare East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Éamon de Valera Unopposed
Registered electors 23,511
Sinn Féin gain from Irish Parliamentary

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.

ReferencesEdit

  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)