Seán Tubridy

Seán Tubridy (1897 – 15 July 1939) was an Irish politician and medical practitioner. Tubridy had two spells as a Fianna Fáil TD for Galway, from 1927 to 1932 and 1937 to 1939. His parents had originally moved to Carraroe in Connemara to teach at the local Irish-language school. Tubridy was also involved in Gaeltacht affairs and in the mid-1930s was a co-founder of Muintir na Gaeltachta, along with Peadar Duignan and Máirtín Ó Cadhain.

Seán Tubridy
Teachta Dála
In office
23 June 1927 – 9 March 1932
In office
21 July 1937 – 15 July 1939
ConstituencyGalway West
Personal details
John Andrew Tubridy

Galway, Ireland
Died15 July 1939(1939-07-15) (aged 41–42)
Galway, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Muintir na Gaeltachta
Spouse(s)Kathleen Moira Ryan
RelationsCatherine Andrews
Ryan Tubridy
ProfessionMedical practitioner, politician

Early lifeEdit

John Andrew Tubridy was born in 1897 at Galway, County Galway, to Patrick Tubridy (1869–1920) and Jane Waldron (born 1868). He had only one sibling in the form of a young sister, Mary Margaret Patricia (born 1903). Seán's father was from Kilmurry Ibrickane, County Clare, and his mother from Kilkelly, County Mayo; the two were Gaeilgoir and had moved to the Irish-speaking area of Connemara to teach at the Scoil Mhic Dara in Carraroe. They worked with Roger Casement and helped to set up a fund for free school dinners there. The two had a feud with a priest by the name of Fr. Healy and were attacked from the pulpit, but they received support from local parents.

Tubridy was a medical practitioner who fought against the epidemics of cholera, typhus and the Spanish Flu in Connemara. He married a Dublin woman by the name of Kathleen Moira Ryan, daughter of Hugh Ryan, the Professor of Chemistry at University College, Dublin. The youngest of their three children[1] was a son Patrick Tubridy, who married Catherine Andrews, the daughter of Todd Andrews, a prominent former member of the Irish Republican Army. Patrick himself had several children, including the broadcaster Ryan Tubridy.[2]

Dáil ÉireannEdit

Tubridy was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway constituency at the June 1927 general election.[3] He was re-elected at the September 1927 general election but lost his seat at the 1932 general election. He stood unsuccessfully at the 1933 general election but was elected for the Galway West constituency at the 1937 general election.[4] He was re-elected at the 1938 general election, but died during the 10th Dáil in July 1939. The by-election caused by his death was held on 30 May 1940 and was won by John J. Keane of Fianna Fáil.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "TUBRIDY, Dr. Pat : Death notice - Irish Times Family Notices". Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  2. ^ As noted in the September 2009 episode of TV genealogy show Who do you think you are?.
  3. ^ "Seán Tubridy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Seán Tubridy". Retrieved 19 December 2008.

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