FITZGERALD, EDWARD (SIR)*
- Born: 1846 Died: 1929?
Builder, of Cork. Edward Fitzgerald was born on 24 November 1846, the son of Daniel Fitzgerald, of Gurtsmaurane, Treleary, Co. Cork. He started life as a carpenter(1) before establishing a building business in Cork.(2) It was he who first had the idea of staging the Cork Exhibition of 1902-1903.(3) He was a JP and alderman of Cork City and was the first elected lord mayor of the city from 1901 to 1903. In the latter year he was created a baronet.(4) In 1910 he unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat of Cork City. He married Anne, daughter of John O'Donoghue, in 1872, by whom he had eight children.(5) Fitzgerald's Park is named after him.
Address: Home: Knockrea townland, Blackrock, Co. Cork.(6)
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the entry on Fitzgerald in Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage (1916) and from Roger Herlihy, A Walk through the South Parish (Cork: Red Abbey Publications, 2010), 23 .
(1) IB 49, 10 Sep 1903, 1956.
(2) He is presumably the Edward Fitzgerald, builder, of 2 Wellesley Terrace, Cork, who appears in the Cork Almanack for 1888.
(3) See note 1, above.
(4) IB 49, 13 Aug 1903, 1907.
(5) 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009).
(6) 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Oct 2009).