The Duke of Wellington

The first Duke Of Wellington was born at the side of a road in rural Ireland but as this was an unacceptable beginning to such an auspicious life, his place of birth was “moved” to a Georgian mansion in Dublin and a plaque on the wall now commemorates that fact.

However, despite being born in Ireland of British parents, the Duke had a long-life hatred of the Irish and always despised the fact that he had been born in the country, rarely acknowledging that heritage.

In one instance, he was railing in the Houses Of Parliament about the curse of the Irish and their fight for independence (Ireland being under British rule at the time), when the Irish patriot Daniel O’Connell stood up and took him to task, commenting on the fact that the Duke had himself been born in Ireland.

At this, the Duke pompously retorted: “Just because one is born in a stable, does not make one a horse.”

“No”, replied Daniel O’Connell, “but it does make one an ass!”


Daniel O’Connell (6 August 1775 – 15 May 1847)  was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation, including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, and and for the repeal of the Act of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland.

“ O’Connell was born in Cahirciveen, County Kerry, on 6th August 1775. The O’Connell family were members of the Irish Catholic aristocracy in Ireland. Although Daniel’s family were fairly wealthy, discriminatory legislation denied the O’Connell family status, opportunity and influence.

In 1791 Maurice O’Connell, the head of the O’Connell clan, adopted Daniel and paid for him to attend the best Catholic colleges in Europe. This included periods at St. Omer and Douai.

In 1794 O’Connell enrolled in Lincoln’s Inn, London and two years later transferred to the King’s Inn, Dublin. While in London O’Connell became interested in politics. He read a great deal and was influenced by the ideas of radicals such as Tom Paine, Jeremy Bentham and William Godwin. By the time he qualified as a lawyer in 1798 O’Connell was fully committed to religious tolerance, freedom of conscience, democracy and the separation of Church and State.

In Ireland O’Connell developed a reputation for his radical political views. He became involved with the United Irishmen, a group that had been inspired by the French Revolution. During the 1798 insurrection, O’Connell feared he would be arrested by the English authorities and went into hiding in Kerry. Despite his radical views, O’Connell opposed the insurrection. He argued that the Irish people “were not sufficiently enlightened to hear the sun of freedom” and that the insurrection had decreased rather than increased the desire for Irish liberation. Instead of rebellion, O’Connell advocated using the machinery of Parliament to obtain political and religious equality….” http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRoconnell.htm.’

Evolutionary theology promotes the idea that revelation is continuous. How our faith is revealed to us, how we reveal it to others, which parts of it get emphasized at what times in our lives, the ways we articulate this faith – changes through the generations. But the essential ideas of our liberal religious faith remain. It is what we inherit.
—  Daniel O'Connell (Unitarian Universalist, minister)

random funfact i heard today: 

daniel o’connell was once challenged to a duell by some guy whose name i forgot (oops) which he declined (he hated violence). ofc everyone called him a coward afterwards so in the end he ended up duelling that guy anyways. the other guy shot first and missed so o’connell had a free shot but since he hated violence he wanted to just shoot the ground. unfortunately he was that bad a shot that he missed the fucking ground and instead shot the other guy’s penis and he bled to death. 

“In the memory of” - Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin Ireland, July 2012

Daniel O'Connell’s grave memorial. The flowers on top are placed by the famous Japanese artist and peace activist Yoko Ono on June 22nd and have not been removed since.

Daniel O'Connell (6 August 1775 – 15 May 1847); often referred to as The Liberator, or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation—the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years—and repeal of the Act of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland.

  • a girl in my class mixed up Daniel O'Donnell and Daniel O'Connell the other day
  • it was really funny because i just started comparing the two
  • Daniel O'Connell

  • Daniel O'Donnell

  • Daniel O'Connell was a political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He was heavily involved in the campaign of Catholic Emancipation and after his death, continued to inspire leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
  • Daniel O'Donnell, also known as ‘Wee Daniel’, is an Irish singer from Donegal, whose biggest fan is probably your granny. Although he did sing with Cliff Richard this one time
  • Daniel O'Connell has Dublin City’s main street, O'Connell Street, named after him. 
  • There is also a statue of Daniel O'Connell on this street

  • There are no streets named after Daniel O'Donnell or any statues of Daniel O'Donnell
  • I just found this whole thing really funny