West Kerry (UK Parliament constituency)

West Kerry was a parliamentary constituency in Ireland, represented in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1885 to 1922 it returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

West Kerry
Former county constituency
for the House of Commons
18851922
Number of members1
Replaced byKerry–Limerick West
Created fromCounty Kerry and Tralee

Prior to the 1885 general election the area was part of the Kerry constituency. Representation in this constituency ceased at the 1922 United Kingdom general election, which took place on 15 November, shortly before the establishment of the Irish Free State on 6 December 1922. The successor constituency in the new Dáil Éireann was Kerry–Limerick West first established under the Government of Ireland Act 1920 to elect members to the House of Commons of Southern Ireland in 1921.

BoundariesEdit

This constituency comprised the western part of County Kerry.

1885–1922: The barony of Corkaguiny and that part of the barony of Trughanacmy contained within the parishes of Annagh, Ardfert, Ballynahaglish, Ballyseedy, Clogherbrien, Fenit, Kilcolman, Kilgarrylander, Kiltallagh, Ratass and Tralee.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Years Member Party
1885–1890 Edward Harrington Irish Parliamentary Party
1891–1892 Parnellite
1892–1900 Sir Thomas Esmonde Bt Anti-Parnellite
1900–1918 Thomas O'Donnell Irish Parliamentary Party
1918–1922 Austin Stack Sinn Féin

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General election 1885: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Edward Harrington 2,607 90.9
Irish Conservative William Rowan 262 9.1
Majority 2,345 81.8
Turnout 2,869 50.6
Registered electors 5,668
Irish Parliamentary win (new seat)
General election 1886: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Edward Harrington Unopposed
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1890sEdit

General election 1892: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish National Federation Thomas Esmonde 2,490 67.7 N/A
Irish National League Edward Harrington 1,143 31.1 N/A
Irish Unionist Richard Elliott Palmer 43 1.2 New
Majority 1,347 36.6 N/A
Turnout 3,676 58.0 N/A
Registered electors 6,336
Irish National Federation gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General election 1895: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish National Federation Thomas Esmonde Unopposed
Irish National Federation hold

Elections in the 1900sEdit

General election 1900: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Thomas O'Donnell 2,464 69.8 N/A
Healyite Nationalist James Edward John Julian 1,065 30.2 N/A
Majority 1,399 39.6 N/A
Turnout 3,529 60.4 N/A
Registered electors 5,845
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A
General election 1906: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Thomas O'Donnell Unopposed
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General election January 1910: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Thomas O'Donnell Unopposed
Irish Parliamentary hold
General election December 1910: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Parliamentary Thomas O'Donnell Unopposed
Irish Parliamentary hold
General election 1918: West Kerry[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Austin Stack Unopposed
Sinn Féin gain from Irish Parliamentary

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.