Jack Lynch

Head of Government + Hurler and Gaelic Footballer

John Mary "Jack" Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland, serving two terms in office; from 1966 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979. Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork in 1948, and was re-elected at each general election until his retirement in 1981.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on August 15, 1917.


1933 15 Years Old Lynch played his club hurling with the famous Glen Rovers club in the Blackpool area of Cork city. He enjoyed much success at underage levels, winning back-to-back minor county championship titles in 1933 and in 1934 as captain. … Read More
Before his political career Lynch had a successful sporting career as a dual player of Gaelic games. He played hurling with his local club Glen Rovers and with the Cork senior inter-county team from 1936 until 1950.
1937 19 Years Old Lynch won an intermediate county title in 1937, before adding a senior county football championship medal to his collection in 1938. … Read More


1939 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1939 he became the only player, in history to captain both the inter-county football and hurling teams in the same year. … Read More
1942 24 Years Old In 1942 Lynch was selected as Cork hurling captain once again.
1943 25 Years Old That year he captured his second set of Munster and All-Ireland medals. 1943 proved to be a successful year for Lynch as he won a third Munster hurling medal and a first Munster football medal. … Read More
1944 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1944 he won a Dublin Senior Football Championship title, alongside fellow Munster native Mick Falvey.
1945 27 Years Old In 1945 Cork surrendered their provincial hurling crown, however, Lynch, as a member of the Cork senior football team won his second Munster football title. … Read More
Lynch was to be her first and only boyfriend, and the couple were married three years later on 10 August 1946. … Read More
1947 29 Years Old In 1947 Lynch refused a similar offer to stand by the new political party Clann na Poblachta.


1948 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork in 1948, and was re-elected at each general election until his retirement in 1981. … Read More
1951 33 Years Old In 1951 Fianna Fáil were back in power and Lynch was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Government, with special responsibility for Gaeltacht areas. … Read More
1957 39 Years Old After the 1957 general election Fianna Fáil returned to power and de Valera headed his last government. … Read More


1959 41 Years Old In 1959 de Valera was elected President of Ireland and Seán Lemass became the new Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader. … Read More
1965 47 Years Old In 1965 Lemass was once again re-elected Taoiseach. … Read More
1966 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Lynch was thus elected Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil on 10 November 1966. … Read More


1968 50 Years Old With Fianna Fáil having been in power for eleven years by 1968, Lynch was persuaded once again to make an attempt to abolish the proportional representation method of voting in general elections in favour of a first-past-the-post system like in the United Kingdom. … Read More
1969 51 Years Old 1 More Event
This cast doubts on Lynch and his ability to win a general election, however, he proved his critics wrong in the 1969 general election when Fianna Fáil won its first overall majority since Éamon de Valera in 1957, and Lynch proved himself to be a huge electoral asset for the party. … Read More
1970 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Lynch's government was expected to collapse following the Arms Crisis; however, it survived until 1973.
1975 57 Years Old In 1975 Lynch allowed Charles Haughey to return to his Front Bench as Spokesperson on Health. … Read More
1976 58 Years Old Controversy continued to dog the National Coalition when the President of Ireland, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, resigned in 1976 after being called a "thundering disgrace" by the Minister for Defence, Paddy Donegan. … Read More


…  The national debt increased by £2 billion in the same period, protest marches by PAYE workers, an increase in electricity charges and the oil crisis of 1979 also caused problems for the government and its economic policy. … Read More
1981 63 Years Old Lynch remained on in Dáil Éireann as a TD until his retirement from politics at the 1981 general election. … Read More
1992 74 Years Old In 1992 he suffered a severe health set-back, and in 1993 suffered a stroke in which he nearly lost his sight. … Read More
He continued to be honoured by, among others, the Gaelic Athletic Association and various other organisations. In 1999 the Jack Lynch Tunnel under the river Lee was named by Cork Corporation in his honour. … Read More
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