Seán Brosnan

For the actor, see Sean Brosnan (actor).

Seán Brosnan (21 December 1916 – 18 April 1979) was an Irish barrister and Fianna Fáil politician. He served for 10 years in the Oireachtas, as a Teachta Dála (TD) and as a Senator.[1]

Seán Brosnan
Born (1916-12-21)21 December 1916
Died 18 April 1979(1979-04-18) (aged 62)
Nationality Irish
Occupation Politician

Seán Brosnan was a native of Dingle, County Kerry. He was a prominent Gaelic footballer and won 3 All-Ireland medals with Kerry.[2] In 1939, he was captain of the team but could not play in the final due in influenza.

In 1933, he won an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship with Kerry. He won senior Kerry County Championship medals with Dingle in 1938 and 1941. He left Dingle in the autumn of 1939.[3]

At the 1969 general election, Brosnan was elected to the 19th Dáil as a TD for Cork North-East. It was his second attempt he had been defeated in 1965 and he lost his seat at the 1973 general election. He was then elected to the 13th Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel, but he regained his Dáil seat in a by-election in November 1974 after the death of his Fianna Fáil colleague Liam Ahern.[4]

Brosnan was re-elected at the 1977 general election to the 21st Dáil, and also served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). MEPs were at that time appointed by national parliaments rather than being elected, and Brosnan was one of a 10-member delegation from the Oireachtas until the first direct elections in 1979.

After his death in 1979, the resulting by-election on 7 November was won for Fine Gael by Myra Barry.[4]

See also

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Gega O'Connor
Kerry Senior Football Captain
Succeeded by
Tom Gega O'Connor


  1. "Mr. Seán Brosnan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  2. "Noted F.F. Deputy dies in Cork, Irish Independent, Thursday 19 April 1979. p.7
  3. Seán Brosnan, an appreciation by Micheal Ó Ruairc; The Kerryman, 04/05/1979
  4. 1 2 "Seán Brosnan". Retrieved 6 January 2008.

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