Belfast Telegraph

Charles and Camilla visit home of Irish political leader Daniel O’Connell

The 19th century lawyer and politician played a leading role in the movement to abolish slavery.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been taken on a guided tour of the home of the 19th century Irish lawyer and politician known as the Liberator.

Charles and Camilla walked through the rooms where Daniel O’Connell, who campaigned for rights for all Irish people, lived and worked.

O’Connell, who was born in the late 18th century, was famed for his “monster meetings” – enormous public gatherings where hundreds of thousands of people would congregate to hear him speak.

He gained an international reputation and played a leading role in the movement to abolish slavery.

The royal couple were visiting his home Derrynane House in County Kerry, a large mansion in a picturesque setting where O’Connell escaped the pressures of political life.

The building tells the story of the campaigner’s life through his personal artefacts and possessions.

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph