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Preceded by  Arthur Griffith
Role  Politician
Nationality  Irish
Party  Sinn Fein
Political party  Sinn Fein
Succeeded by  Eamonn Duggan
Name  Austin Stack

Austin Stack 1879 Birth of antiTreaty nationalist and politician Austin Stack

Constituency  Kerry Kerry–Limerick West (1921–1923) West Kerry (1918–1921)
Born  7 December 1879 Tralee, County Kerry (1879-12-07)
Died  April 27, 1929, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Austin Stack (7 December 1879 – 27 April 1929) was an Irish revolutionary and politician.

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Early life

Stack was born as Augustine Mary Moore Stack in Ballymullen, Tralee, County Kerry, to William Stack, an attorney's clerk, and Anne (or Honora) O'Neill. He was educated at the Christian Brothers School in Tralee. At the age of fourteen he left school and became a clerk in a solicitor's office. A gifted Gaelic footballer, he captained the Kerry team to All-Ireland victory in 1904. He also served as President of the Kerry Gaelic Athletic Association County Board.

Activism

He became politically active in 1908 when he joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood. In 1916, as commandant of the Kerry Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, he made preparations for the landing of arms by Roger Casement. He was made aware that Casement was arrested on Easter Saturday and was being held in Tralee. He made no attempt to rescue him from Ballymullen Barracks as this would have been futile and foolhardy. Nor did he receive orders to this end.

Stack was arrested and sentenced to death for his involvement in the Rising, however, this was later commuted to penal servitude for life. He was released under general amnesty in June 1917 and was elected as an abstentionist Sinn Féin Member of Parliament for Kerry West in the 1918 Westminster election, becoming a member of the 1st Dáil. He was automatically elected as an abstentionist member of the House of Commons of Southern Ireland and a member of the 2nd Dáil as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Kerry–Limerick West at the 1921 elections.

He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, and took part in the subsequent Civil War. He was captured in 1923 and went on hunger strike for forty-one days before being released in July 1924.

Dáil

He was elected to the 3rd Dáil at the 1922 general election and subsequent elections as an Anti-Treaty Sinn Féin TD for the Kerry constituency. When Éamon de Valera founded Fianna Fáil in 1926, Stack remained with Sinn Féin being re-elected to the Dáil at the June 1927 general election. He did not contest the September 1927 general election

Stack's health never recovered after his hunger strike and he died in a Dublin hospital on 27 April 1929, aged 49.

Austin Stack Park in his home town of Tralee, one of the Gaelic Athletic Association's stadiums, is named in his honour, as is the Austin Stacks Hurling and Gaelic football club.

In 1925, he married Winifred (Una) Gordon, nee Cassidy (died 1950), the widow of a Royal Irish Constabulary district inspector, Patrick Gordon (1870-1912).

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