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“The Liberator” Daniel O’Connell

 

“You have done more for your nation than any man since Washington ever did.”
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) 

The town of Caherciveen is steeped in a rich history. The Irish political hero Daniel O’ Connell, “the Liberator” who courageously dedicated most of his life campaigning for catholic emancipation was born in Carhan, to the east of the main town.

The town church is named after Daniel O’ Connell and is the only church in Ireland named after a lay person. Many streets both abroad and in Ireland are named after “the Liberator” and Dublin’s main thoroughfare O’ Connell Street bears his name. This street in the heart of Ireland’s capital is one of the widest in Europe.

There is now a memorial site in Carhan which pays tribute to this remarkable man whose philosophy and career have been an inspiration to many more recent political figures such as Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King.