Michael Joyce (MP) 1851 – 1941

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Michael Joyce (MP)

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Michael Joyce (4 September 1851 – 9 January, 1941) was an Irish politician who twice served as Mayor of Limerick and was the Member of Parliament for the Limerick constituency of the United Kingdom Parliament from 1900 until 1918.[1]



[edit]Early life

Joyce was born at Merchant’s Quay in Limerick in 1851. His father was a river pilot on the Shannon Estuary approach to the port of Limerick.[2] He was educated by the Christian Brothers, attending three of their schools, including CBS Sexton Street. At the age of fourteen, Joyce left Limerick to serve as a seaman. During his time at sea, he survived four separate shipwrecks. Following his return to Limerick in the early 1870s, he became a pilot for Limerick Harbour Commissioners.[1]

[edit]Political career

A supporter of Home Rule for Ireland, Joyce, along with a local priest Robert Ambrose, established the local Limerick branch, the Sarsfield branch, of the Irish National League in 1882.[2][3]

In 1899, Joyce was elected to Limerick Corporation and stood for election to Parliament at the 1900 general election as a candidate for the Irish Parliamentary Party, defeating the Unionist candidate Francis Kearney by 2521 votes to 474.[1] Joyce served as an MP until 1918. Although intending to run in the 1918 general election, he eventually decided not to seek re-election and was succeeded by the Sinn Féin candidate Michael Colivet, who was elected unopposed.[1]

Joyce was elected Mayor of Limerick in January 1905, serving two successive terms until January 1907.[3]

While travelling to London aboard the RMS Leinster in October 1918, Joyce survived his fifth maritime disaster, when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat in the Irish Sea.[1][4]

Joyce became President of the U.K. Pilots’ Association in 1910. He was also a founder member of the rugby club Garryowen in 1884, and played in the first fifteen for both that club and Limerick County.[1]


  1. a b c d e f Brian Donnelly (1990). “Michael Joyce: Square Rigger, Shannon Pilot and M.P.”Old Limerick Journal (27): 42–44.
  2. a b Ciarán Ó Gríofa. “Michael Joyce – Maritime Mayor” (pdf).
  3. a b Potter, Matthew (2007). First Citizens of the Treaty City The Mayors and Mayoralty of Limerick 1197 – 2007. Limerick City Council. pp. 158–160. ISBN 0-905700-15-5.
  4. ^ “Dun Laoghaire remembers the Leinster”. Dublin People. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2010.

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