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'Liberator' Daniel O'Connell is honoured in Mayfair


Tribute: the plaque to O'Connell

Tribute: the plaque to O'Connell


Tribute: the plaque to O'Connell

Irish political giant Daniel O'Connell has been remembered as the Nelson Mandela of his day as the newest of London's famous blue plaques was unveiled in his honour.

Above the high-end boutiques and eateries of Mayfair's Albemarle Street now stands a commemoration to the Kerryman, known as The Liberator, for his battle for the right of Catholics to sit in the British Parliament.

Professor Martin Daunton of English Heritage, which issues the honours, said O'Connell was arguably the Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi of his age.

"His campaign for Catholic emancipation and his principled opposition to slavery was admired around the world," he said. "We are delighted to honour this towering figure in the city which formed the backdrop for much of his career."

O'Connell lived at 14 Albermarle Street from February 1833 for up to six months, during a significant time for the groundbreaking 19th century politician.

Other Irish luminaries commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque include Ernest Shackleton, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and WB Yeats.

Belfast Telegraph