06 August-Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell was a native of Co Kerry, Ireland. Known as ‘The Liberator’ he led the campaign for Catholic Emancipation and the repeal of the Acts of Union during the first half of the 19th century. He was known a famous orator and became a popular leader.

Having qualified as a barrister O’Connell became involved in politics. He believed in the use of peaceful tactics to achieve change and led the successful campaign for Catholic Emancipation. He was elected as MP for Clare in 1828 but was not allowed to take his seat until the passing of the Catholic Relief Act of 1829.

Following his re-election in 1829 O’Connell became one of the first Catholics in modern history to sit in the British House of Commons. He went on to lead the campaign to repeal the Act of Union. During the 1840’s he held ‘monster meetings’ around Ireland as part of the campaign. Due to age and ill-health he left Ireland for Rome in 1847. He died in Genoa. His body was returned to Ireland and buried in Glasnevin cemetery.

Daniel O’Connell, 19th century Irish political leader who was known as ‘The Liberator’ was born in the year 1775 On This Day.