Martin D. Currigan, Sr., was born in 1845 in Ireland in Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. He arrived in America in 1864, went west to Colorado, worked as a plastering contractor, and entered politics in the 1890s. Currigan died in 1900.
The Currigan Exhibition Hall in Denver, Colorado was named after him.
His son, Dr. Martin D. Currigan Jr., was on the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado. . One of his grandsons, Thomas G. Currigan, was Denver Auditor from 1955 to 1963 and Denver Mayor from 1963 to 1968.