Tag Archives: Daniel O’Connell

The Repealer

Here is a brief account of a trip from Waterford to new Ross by steamer in 1842.

Wordling Repeal

On 22 April 1834 Daniel O’Connell, MP for Dublin but a native of Kerry, argued in the House of Commons at Westminster for, IIRC, five hours in favour of the repeal of the Act of Union. Here is what Wordle makes of his speech.

Daniel O’Connell Wordled

On the following day Thomas Spring-Rice, MP for Cambridge but a native of Limerick, responded for six hours. Here is what Wordle made of it.

Thomas Spring-Rice Wordled

Another attack on canalside trees

[Jeremy] Bentham would have been further interested to know that the Great Agitator[Daniel O’Connell] and Purcell O’Gorman, during a tedious journey by canal boat from Dublin, amused themselves firing pistol-shots at the trees on either side.

W J Fitzpatrick ed Correspondence of Daniel O’Connell The Liberator Vol II 1888

O’Connell refused to take part in duels but was said to be an excellent shot. More on Daniel O’Connell and inland waterways here.

Rowing to Dublin …

… to visit King Dan.

In prison.

From Kerry, via the Grand Canal.