2013 Festival

The Dublin Lecture: Daniel O’Connell: The Liberator

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

Patrick M. Geoghegan in conversation with Ryan Tubridy

Following the winning of Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Daniel O’Connell was recognised as one of the leading figures on the world stage. He was hailed as ‘the defender of Ireland’, the man who had ‘incarnated in himself a people’. Identified as the champion of the weak and the oppressed, he became famous internationally for his opposition to slavery in all its forms. O’Connell was the first democratically elected Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1841. Patrick Geoghegan will discuss the dramatic final years of O’Connell’s life and career, charting his remarkable rise and fall in the 1830s and his political resurrection in the 1840s when he rolled back the years to lead a new national movement, and confirmed his reputation as the man who Gladstone believed was the ‘Moses of Ireland’.

Recorded at Dublin Castle, Printworks venue on 27th September 2013.