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Domhnall Ua Buachalla (1910s)

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Caption   Domhnall Ua Buachalla (1910s)
Personalities/Groups   Ua Buachalla, Domhnall (1865-1963)
Description   Domhnall Ua Buachalla, last Governor General (Seanascal was used informally) of the Irish Free State, 1910s.

Ua Buachalla was involved in the Irish language movement and was a member of the Irish Volunteers. He fought in the Easter Rising of 1916. Domhnall Ua Buachalla was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1918. During the Civil War he was a member of Anti-Treaty Sinn Féin and fought in the Four Courts. Ua Buachalla was a founding member of Fianna Fáil and served as member of Dáil Éireann in the Free State from 1927-1932.
In 1932 he was appointed Governor General (Seanascal was used informally) in 1932. The office of Governor General was abolished on the 11 December 1936.

During his time as Governor General Ua Buachalla's role was deliberately kept at a low profile so the position could be gradually phased out. The Governor General did not live in the Viceregal lodge, instead he lived in a suburban house in Monkstown. This was paid for (and chosen by) the Irish Free State.  
Collection   RTÉ Cashman Collection  
Photographer   Cashman, Joseph (1881-1969)  
Rights holder   RTÉ