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William T. Cosgrave to run in Kilkenny by-election
Poster used during William T. Cosgrave's election campaign Photo: National Library of Ireland, EPH E30

William T. Cosgrave to run in Kilkenny by-election

Kilkenny, 19 July 1917 - Dubliner William T. Cosgrave will stand for Sinn Féin in the Kilkenny by-election next month.

Cosgrave, who was sentenced to death for his role in the Rising before the sentence was commuted, was the unanimous choice of a party conference in the Town Hall in Kilkenny City yesterday. His selection was greeted by prolonged cheering, the candidate going on to deliver an address that acknowledged the high honour placed on him.

Local press reports have noted that Cosgrave’s selection defied traditional political custom in that he was being put forward not for what he might do in the future, but for what he had already done.

Sinn Féin, it was reported, had wanted a candidate who was ‘a man who had given proof of the faith that was in him’.

It is not yet known who will oppose him.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.