Alderman Tom Kelly

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  • Book cover: Alderman Tom Kelly (1868-1942) and Dublin CorporationTitle: Alderman Tom Kelly (1868-1942) and Dublin Corporation
  • Author: Sheila Carden
  • Size: 24cm
  • Format: Casebound / Paperback
  • Pages: xiii, 238pp.
  • Price: €40 (casebound) / €25 (paperback)
  • Publisher: Dublin City Council, 2007
  • ISBN: 978 0 946841 882 (casebound) / 978 0 946841 899 (paperback)


This is the first full-scale biography of Alderman Tom Kelly, who was an influential member of Dublin City Council in the early decades of the 20th century, a period of radical change for Ireland and its capital city. His achievements included the replacement of slums by social housing; developing the public library service; and the foundation of the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art.

A committed nationalist, Kelly was a political prisoner on two occasions after the 1916 Rising and as a result, his health broke down, preventing him from taking up the office of Lord Mayor of Dublin to which he was elected in January 1920. In later life, Kelly continued to work for his twin aims of improved housing and access to education for all, and in this spirit he was a founder member and first President of the Old Dublin Society.

It can be purchased at Dublin City Library & Archive; at the City Hall Exhibition; and by e-mail to

How to Order

Complete the Publications Order Form (PDF, 150KB), cannot access pdf? and send, together with remittance, to:

Dublin City Public Libraries,
Development Office (Publications),
Dublin City Library & Archive,
138-144 Pearse Street,
Dublin 2.

Payment is accepted by the following methods: Irish postal money order or cheque drawn on an Irish bank.