Bernard McGlinchey

Bernard McGlinchey
Personal details
Born (1932-10-18)18 October 1932
Died 11 April 2013(2013-04-11) (aged 80)
Kilmacrennan, County Donegal
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil

Bernard McGlinchey (18 October 1932 – 11 April 2013) was an Irish businessman and Fianna Fáil politician.[1] He was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1961 to 1981, and from 1982 to 1983.


A restaurant proprietor, McGlinchey founded the Golden Grill Nightclub, renowned as the unofficial Fianna Fáil headquarters and host to party conventions.[2][3] He was first elected to the Seanad by the Industrial and Commercial Panel in 1961.[4] At the 1973 election, he was elected by the Administrative Panel, and he was nominated by the Taoiseach in 1977. He did not contest the 1981 election, but in 1982 he was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 16th Seanad.[4] He once debated for 12 hours, a Seanad Éireann record for the longest speech.[2]

He stood for election to Dáil Éireann in the constituencies of Donegal North-East (1973, 1981, November 1982) and Donegal (1977), but was unsuccessful each time.[5] He was a member of Donegal County Council for the Letterkenny area until 2004.[5] Letterkenny Town Park is named after McGlinchey.[6]

He died at home, aged 80, on 11 April 2013.[2]


  1. "Death of a political legend - Bernard McGlinchey (80) dies at his home". Donegal Democrat. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "Sadness across Donegal at death of renowned politician Bernard McGlinchey". Donegal Daily. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. "Fianna Fáil favourite haunt the Golden Grill 'to reopen'". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 27 September 2008.
  4. 1 2 "Mr. Bernard McGlinchey". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  5. 1 2 "Bernard McGlinchey". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  6. "Transcript from meeting of Letterkenny Town Council". Donegal Daily. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. (ii) Could the Council provide directional signage for the Lawn Bowling Facility at Bernard McGlinchey Park? ANSWER: A sign can be erected at the entrance to Bernard McGlinchey Town Park for the bowling club.

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