Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847)

O’Connell was born into an old Gaelic family in 1775. At 23 he became one of the first practicing Catholic lawyers in Ireland. By 1808 he was the leading spokesman of the Catholic Committee pressing for Catholic civil rights.

Gaving grown impatient with a lac kof progress he established his own Catholic Association in 1823 which gained mass support. In the general election of 1828 O’Connell won the Clare constituency but was prohibited as a Catholic from taking his seat. Fearing another Irish rebellion the English government conceded emancipation. For the first time since 1691 Irish Catholics were allowed to stand for and sit in parliament.

He died in 1847 and was buried in Dublin after the biggest funeral ever witnessed in Ireland.