Healy Family

Biography/History

Descendants of Cahir Healy (1877-1970). Resident Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Cahir Healy, son of a small farmer, was born near Mount Charles, Co. Donegal. Before settling as an insurance agent in Enniskillen, he worked as a draper then as a journalist, contributing literary pieces to various magazines; he was a member of Francis Joseph Bigger's literary circle. He wrote plays, poems, and autobiographical pieces etc., many of which were published. A leading nationalist and one of the 12 founding members of Sinn Fein, he was interned on the prison ship 'Argenta' from 1922-24 where he wrote 'Two Years on an Ulster Prison Ship'; in 1941 he was again interned under the Defence of the Realm Act, in Brixton prison. Healy served as Westminster MP for Fermanagh and Tyrone, 1922-24, and for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, 1950-55; as Stormont MP for Fermanagh and Tyrone, 1925-29, and for South Fermanagh, 1929-65, remaining a convinced constitutionalist throughout all the vicissitudes of a long political life.