Kilkenny City (UK Parliament constituency)

Kilkenny City
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by North Kilkenny

Kilkenny City was an Irish Borough constituency in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament (MP). It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801, and remained in existence until its abolition for the 1918 general election.


This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Kilkenny in County Kilkenny.

Members of Parliament

1 January 1801 William Talbot 1801: Co-opted. Resigned.
2 March 1802 Richard Archdall
22 July 1802 Hon. Charles Harward Butler Whig Resigned
4 February 1809 Robert Williams
24 October 1812 Overington Blunden Resigned
27 May 1814 Hon. Charles Harward Butler Whig
7 April 1820 Rt Hon. Denis Browne Tory
22 June 1826 John Doherty
11 August 1830 Nicholas Philpot Leader Whig
13 December 1832 Richard Sullivan Repeal Association Re-elected as a candidate of a Liberal/Repealer pact
10 January 1835 Liberal Resigned
17 May 1836 Daniel O'Connell Repeal Association
7 August 1837 Joseph Hume Liberal
3 July 1841 John O'Connell Repeal Association 1847: Also returned by and elected to sit for Limerick
18 December 1847 Michael Sullivan Repeal Association Re-elected as a Liberal candidate
10 July 1852 Liberal Joined the Independent Irish Party
1852 Independent Irish Re-elected as a Liberal candidate
5 May 1859 Liberal
13 July 1865 Sir John Gray Liberal Re-elected as a Home Rule League candidate
2 February 1874 Home Rule League Died
28 April 1875 Benjamin Whitworth Home Rule League Resigned
26 February 1880 John Francis Smithwick Home Rule League
1882 Irish Parliamentary Party
1886 Thomas Quinn Irish Parliamentary Party
1890 Parnellite
1891–1892 Anti-Parnellite
1892–1895 Thomas Bartholomew Curran Anti-Parnellite
1895 Patrick O'Brien Parnellite
1900–1917 Irish Parliamentary Party
1917 W. T. Cosgrave Sinn Féin
1918 constituency abolished


1917 by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin W. T. Cosgrave 772 66.3 N/A
Irish Parliamentary John Magennis 392 33.7 N/A
Majority 380 32.6 N/A
Turnout 1,164 N/A
Sinn Féin gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
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