O'Connell Monument, Limerick

O'Connell Monument, Limerick

The Crescent is named for the shape of the buildings on each side of the street, creating an oval in the center. Now known as Crescent Street, it was formerly Richmond Place, named for Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond. The duke is gone. Daniel O'Connell has taken the place of honor.

Standing on the oval island of the Crescent, overlooking O'Connell Street, is a bronze figure of Daniel O'Connell. O'Connell was the first Irish Catholic to sit in the British House of Commons. This came as a result of the Catholic Relief Act of 1829.

O'Connell was popularly referred to as the "Liberator" by his fellow countrymen. In 1857, ten years after his death, the bronze statue of O'Connell, designed by sculptor John Henry Foley, was unveiled in the Crescent.

Daniel O'Connell appears clad in a Roman toga over street clothes. He is looking at O'Connell Street. He is holding the Act of Emancipation in his left hand. His right hand is elevated to his chest. The statue stands on a granite ashlar podium. The podium is rising from a limestone plinth with a fountain.

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Sight Name: O'Connell Monument
Sight Location: Limerick, Ireland (See walking tours in Limerick)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Limerick Introduction Walking Tour

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Claudius Ptolemy, the great geographer of the ancient world, drew a map of Ireland in 150 AD. Indicated on the map was a place now called King's Island. It is said generous King Cormac ruled here in the 4th century. Here is where St Patrick baptized King Carthann the Fair in 434. Here is the ancient heart of Limerick.

St Munchin had been the first bishop of Limerick in 652. In 812, Vikings...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles