Martin 'Mor' Mc Donogh was in every sense Galway's 'big man'. Born in one of the remotest parts of Connemara, physically imposing, a natural entrepreneur and a man of drive, ambition and no small intellect. He took his fathers company, Thomas McDonogh&Sons, and expanded it to the extent that he became the largest employer in Connacht and one of Galway's richest men.
A merchant, a farmer, industrialist and politician, Martin McDonogh strode onto the national political stage in 1927 when he was elected to Dail Eireann. He represented Galway as a Cumann na nGaedheal TD. A colourful character who never married and lived a frugal and somewhat reclusive life he was called impatient and brusque by his friends and terrifying by his enemies. Following his death in 1934 it was widely recognised by friends and enemy alike that for half a century he was Galway.
He Was Galway - Mairtin Mor McDonogh, 1860-1934
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