Senator Michael Fanning 1866-1950 Co Tipperary and Dublin Ireland

Michael Fanning was born in Clondoty near Thurles to William (Billy) Fanning and Catherine Fogarty on 15 Jan 1866.

He and his brothers Ned, Patrick and Joe went to Dublin and started businesses there as wine merchants. Joe and Michael stayed and Ned came back to Co Tipperary and bought Shanbally House near Moycarky.

Being a merchant Michael appears in various directories, as do his brothers.

Michael Fanning 1894 Dublin Thom's Directory
Michael Fanning 1894 Dublin Thom’s Directory
Michael, Patrick, Edward & John Fanning Dublin Slater's Directory 1894
Michael, Patrick, Edward & John Fanning Dublin Slater’s Directory 1894
Michael, Richard, John & Patrick Fanning 1894 Dublin Thom's Directory
Michael, Richard, John & Patrick Fanning 1894 Dublin Thom’s Directory
Michael, John & Patrick Fanning Dublin Grocers Slaters 1894
Michael, John & Patrick Fanning Dublin Grocers Slaters 1894

Another of Michael’s brothers, James Joseph Fanning, born 1869, went to Liverpool where he was a victualler.  He married Ellen Wills from Newry Co Down and they had four children only one of whom survived infancy. Ellen was a newsagent. He is buried in Liverpool Ford Cemetery. His death is also inscribed in Loughmore Cemetery one of the Fanning gravestones. He died in 1912 aged 43. In his will he left his widow 472 pounds the equivalent in today’s money of 45,000 pounds.

Michael Fanning 1910 Lincoln Lane Dublin
Michael Fanning 1910 Lincoln Lane Dublin Dublin Street Directory

In 1901 and 1925 Michael lived at 19 Lincoln Place Dublin. Joe, a publican, was listed as residing at 1 Russell St Mountjoy Dublin.

1901 Census Michael Fanning Dublin
1901 Census Dublin Ireland Michael Fanning

He carried on a business as grocer and vintner at 19 Lincoln Place Dublin for many years. He was for a period chairman of the Licensed Vintners’ Association and was for many years a member of the South Dublin Union Board.

Michael married his cousin Margaret Ryan on 10 June 1901.

Michael Fanning and Margaret Ryan 10 Jan 1901

1911 Census Dublin Michael Fanning
Household of Michael Fanning 1911 Census Dublin Ireland

He was elected  to the Senate in 1925 and served until 1936.

Michael Fanning Senate Election Poster 1925

Below is an old picture of the premises in Lincoln Place. Not sure when it was taken or who is out the front, Michael most likely.

19 Lincoln Place Dublin

In 1921 19 Lincoln Place was put up for sale.

19 Lincoln Place 11 Jan 1921

 

The premises is up for sale in 2009 and below is part of  the advertising material.

19 Lincoln Place Dublin 2010
Lincol'n Inn Dublin 2012
19 Lincoln Place Dublin 2012 Opposite Trinity College
Inside Lincoln's Inn 2015
Inside Lincoln’s Inn 2015

An O’Connor descendant was told by a great aunt that Lincoln’s Inn was often filled with poets like Yeats and playwrights and politicians and that the  members of the new Dial would often adjourn to Fannings for drinks and lively discussions. She also said Michael was know as “God Almighty Fanning” due to his penchant for beginning sentences with “God Almighty”.

Lincoln's Inn Dublin and Oliver St John Gogarty
Lincoln’s Inn Dublin and Oliver St John Gogarty from Mould’s Medical Anecdotes: Omnibus Edition by R.F.Mould

 

Michael Fanning Retiring 1929 19 Lincoln PlacCR e
Michael Fanning Retiring 1929 19 Lincoln Place up for sale The Irish Independent 30 August 1929

He died in 1950 in Co Kildare at his daughter’s at Mylerstown House, Naas, and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Michael Fanning died in June 1950.

Death Notice Michael J Fanning
Irish Times Death Notice Michael J Fanning 24 June 1950

 

 

Irish Press 27 Jun 1950
Irish Independent 26 Jun 1950

 

Irish Times 28 June 1950 Funeral Notice Michael fanning
Obituary Irish Press 28 Jun 1950

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Independent 29 Jun 1950

 

 

Grave of Michael Fanning and Margaret Ryan Glasnevin Cemetery Dublin
Grave of Michael Fanning and Margaret Ryan Glasnevin Cemetery Dublin

 

Honor O'Connor nee Fanning, daughter of Michael Fanning Glasnevin
Honor O’Connor nee Fanning, daughter of Michael Fanning Glasnevin

 

Obituary of Andrew O’Connor husband of Honor Patricia Fanning. Irish Independent 17 Jan 1953

 

Irish Independent 25 Oct 1948

 

Irish Independent 25 Oct 1948

The following reports details the ancestry of Michael Fanning back to William and Sarah Fannin of Lissaroon Co Tipperary Ireland and also his descendants.

Michael Fanning Ancestor Report 2015
Michael Fanning Ancestor Report 2015
Michael Fanning Descendant Report 2015
Michael Fanning Descendant Report 2015

2 thoughts on “Senator Michael Fanning 1866-1950 Co Tipperary and Dublin Ireland”

  1. Nice to read a bit of my connected family history (through the O’Connors). I was told once by an elderly O’Connor grand-aunt that Sen. Fanning was known as ‘God Almighty Fanning’ because of his penchant for starting every sentence with ‘Well God Almighty …’ She also mentioned that the home in Lincoln Place was often filled with poets, playwrights and politicians such as Yeats and that members of the new Dail would adjourn down the street to Fanning’s parlour for drinks and more lively discussions.

    1. Thanks Gaye for adding this most interesting information about Sen Michael Fanning. I remember reading somewhere in an old Irish newspaper a mention of Oliver Gogarty being at Michael’s pub in Lincoln Place. Fascinating. I googled Gogarty and Lincoln’s Inn and have added a piece from an article with Fanning and Gogarty at the Inn.
      If you look at this post ” Landgrabbing, Billy Fanning Clondoty” there are photos of Michael’s parents and an audio of a radio program about a land dispute involving Billy Fanning Michael’s father. After this the Fanning family was said to have been ostracized and no one wanted to marry into this Fanning family.

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