Martin ‘Máirtín Mór’ McDonogh was, in every sense, Galway’s ‘big man.’ Born in one of the remotest parts of Connemara, physically imposing, a natural entrepreneur and a man of drive, ambition and no small intellect, he took his father’s company, Thomas MCDonogh and Sons, and expanded it to the extent that he became the largest employer in Connacht and one of Galway’s richest men. A merchant, farmer, industrialist and politician, Martin McDonogh strode onto the national political stage in 1927 when he was elected to Dáil Éireann, where he represented Galway as a Cumann na nGaedheal TD. A colourful character who never married and lived a frugal and somewhat reclusive life, he was called ‘impatient’ and ‘brusque’ by his friends and ‘terrifying’ by his enemies. Following his death in 1934, it was widely recognized by friend and enemy alike, that ‘for half a century he was Galway.’
Jackie Uí Chionna is a Dublin-born historian now living in Galway, where she teaches history at NUI Galway. Her research interests include the history of Irish family businesses, the history of education and oral history. A fluent Irish speaker and a traditional singer, sh has combined a career in heritage management with academia.
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