First woman to stand for local election

Published 20/05/2005 | 00:11

The first woman to stand for election to Drogheda Corporation, Moira was very active in local affairs.She was a founding member of the Old Drogheda Society back in 1964 and acted as its secretary for almost 40 years. She is a past president of the Louth Archaeological Association. She was also a founding member of the Drogheda Credit Union in 1967 and served as secretary unt

THE late Moira Corcoran was one of Drogheda’s most distinguished citizens and historians.

The first woman to stand for election to Drogheda Corporation, Moira was very active in local affairs.

She was a founding member of the Old Drogheda Society back in 1964 and acted as its secretary for almost 40 years.

She is a past president of the Louth Archaeological Association. She was also a founding member of the Drogheda Credit Union in 1967 and served as secretary until her retirement three years ago.

She was a founding member of the Drogheda branch of the Irish Labour Party, a founder member of the Irish Housewives Association and a member of the Gaelic League.

Moira was the first woman to stand for election to Drogheda Corporation in 1955.

Born Moira Quigley in Greenhills, the family moved to a bigger house in Oulster Lane.

She attended St Patrick’s Girls School in Scarlet Street and when she was ten moved to the Presentation School in Duke Street and was one of the first pupils of the first girls secondary school in town.

She later attended Loreto, Balbriggan where she sat her Leaving Certificate in 1934. She then took up a position in the Land League.

She met her future husband Terry at a Gaelic League Ceili. Terry was born in Kilskyre near Kells and they lived in Termonfeckin after their marriage before moving to Crushrod Avenue. She had four children Seán, Clare, Terry and Colin.

Moira was a fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries and was conferred with an honorary MA degree by the National University of Ireland.



She was author of a number of books, including ‘Drogheda – a Tourist Trail’ and ‘Drogheda Banners’.

Promoted articles

Read More

Promoted articles

GrabOne Deals

News