Often referred to as ‘The Liberator’ or ‘The Emancipator’, O’Connell was an Irish political leader in the early 19th Century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation and the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament - which had been denied for over 100 years.
In 1882, the statue of O’Connell was unveiled. It was made by the Irish sculptor John Henry Foley who also designed the Prince Albert Memorial statue in London.
In the 20th Century the principal street in Dublin city’s centre was renamed O’Connell Street in his honour, after the Irish Free State came into being. According to his wishes, his heart is buried in Rome and his body beneath a Round Tower at Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery.
Open: Open year round.
Admission: Admission is free.
By Bus: Take bus numbers 1, 11, 122 or 747.
By Luas (tram): Take the Luas Red line to Abbey Street
By Dart (rail): Take the Dart to Tara Street