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Oscar Traynor

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Oscar Traynor (March 21, 1886-December 15, 1963), Fianna Fáil politician and revolutionary.

Oscar Traynor was born on March 21, 1886 into a strongly nationalist family in Dublin, Ireland. He was educated by the Christian Brothers in Dublin. In 1889 he was apprenticed to John Long, a famous wood-carver. Later he bacame a compositior. As a young man he was a noted footballer and toured Europe with Belfast Celtic. Traynor joined the Irish Volunteers and took part in the Easter Rising in 1916. Following this he was interned in Wales. During the War of Independence he was brigadier of the Dublin Brigade and led the attack on the Customs House in 1921. In 1925 he was elected to Dáil Éireann. In 1936 he was first appointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Posts & Telegraphs. in 1948 he became President of the Football Association of Ireland, a position he held until his death. He served as Minister for Defence in several Fianna Fáil governments before he retired in 1961.

Oscar Traynor died on December 15, 1963 in Dublin.

Political Career


Preceded by:
Gerald Boland
Minister for Posts & Telegraphs
1936–1939
Succeeded by:
Tomás Ó Deirg
Preceded by:
Frank Aiken
Minister for Defence
1939–1948
Succeeded by:
Thomas F. O'Higgins
Preceded by:
Seán MacEoin
Minister for Defence
1951-1954
Succeeded by:
Seán MacEoin
Preceded by:
James Everett
Minister for Justice
1957–1961
Succeeded by:
Charles J. Haughey

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