Liam Ó Buachalla

Liam Ó Buachalla
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
In office
14 August 1951  22 July 1954
President Seán T. O'Kelly
Preceded by Timothy O'Donovan
Succeeded by Patrick Baxter
In office
22 May 1957  5 November 1969
President Éamon de Valera
Preceded by Patrick Baxter
Succeeded by Michael Yeats
Personal details
Born 1899
Died 15 October 1970
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Máire Ní Scolaí[1]

Liam Ó Buachalla (1899 – 15 October 1970) M.Comm. was a Fianna Fáil politician from Drogheda, County Louth in Ireland.[2] He was active as a financial expert in the War of Liberation He was a Senator from 1939 to 1969, and was twice elected as Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann.

A Professor of Economics at University College Galway (UCG), Ó Buachalla was nominated by the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera to the 3rd Seanad in 1939, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Colonel Maurice Moore.[3] He was re-appointed to the 4th Seanad and to the 5th. After Fianna Fáil lost power at the 1948 general election, the new Fine Gael Taoiseach was unlikely to reappoint him, and he was elected to the 6th Seanad on the Cultural and Educational Panel. He was re-elected five times, until he stood down at the 1969 Seanad election.[2]

He was Cathaoirleach (chairman) of the Seanad from 1951 to 1954, and from 1957 to 1969, and also served as Leas-Chathaoirleach (deputy chairman) from 1954 to 1957.[2]

He lectured through Irish in Commerce and Economics from his appointment as part of the programme for the Gaelicization of Third Level under the !929 Act. He was author of many textbooks amongst which were "Bunadhas na Tráchtála", "Bunadhas an Gheileagair", "Cúntais agus Cúntaisíocht", "ArdChúntaisíocht" and "Forás Teoiricí an Gheilleagair".

He was the founder of the highly successful "Scoltacha Éigse agus Seanchais" in the Conamara Gaeltacht.

His wife Máire Ní Scolaí (died 1985) was a notable singer of songs in Irish both seannós and common style and also an actress. She created the role of Gráinne in the Taibhdhearc 1928 première of Mícheál mac Liammóir's drama "Diarmuid agus Gráinne". She cut many records and broadcast frequently at home and abroad. A champion dancer her pièce de rèsistance was "The Blackbird"


  1. Máire Ní Scolaí (LP record sleeve notes by Seán Mac Réamoinn)
  2. 1 2 3 "Mr. Liam Ó Buachalla". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  3. "Seanad Éireann, Volume 23, 25 October 1939: New Senator". Official Report. Oireachtas. Retrieved 17 February 2008.

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