Daniel O'Connell

(1775 - 1847) Statesman, known as 'The Liberator' or 'The Emancipator'.

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Daniel O'Connell in (1775 - 1847) Statesman, known as 'The Liberator' or 'The Emancipator'..

Daniel O'Connell was Ireland's predominant political leader in the first half of the nineteenth century who championed the cause of the Catholic tenants and small-landholders.

He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation - the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years - and Repeal of the Union between Ireland and Great Britain.

He is remembered in Ireland as the founder of a non-violent form of Irish nationalism, and for the channeling of Irish politics by the mobilisation of the Catholic community as a political force, with the help of the clergy.

O'Connell died of softening of the brain (cerebral softening) in 1847 in Genoa, Italy while on a pilgrimage to Rome at the age of 71, his term in prison having seriously weakened him.

According to his dying wish, his heart was buried in Rome and the remainder of his body in Glasnevin Cemetery, beneath a round tower. His sons and later relatives are also buried in his crypt.

O'Connell is known in Ireland as "The Liberator" for his success in achieving Catholic Emancipation.

O'Connell admired Latin American liberator Simon Bolavar, and one of his sons, Morgan O'Connell, was a volunteer officer in Bolavar's army in 1820, aged 15.

The principal street in the centre of Dublin, previously called Sackville Street, was renamed O'Connell Street in his honour in the early twentieth century after the Irish Free State came into being.

His statue (made by the sculptor John Henry Foley, who also designed the sculptures of the Albert Memorial in London) stands at one end of the street, with a statue of Charles Stewart Parnell at the other end.

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