I hear that Daniel O’Connell is to have a new monument and cannot understand why it is needed. I suspect it is to abuse his memory in order to attack other patriots who used his, together with other, methods, to rid Ireland of British troops. In his last years British troops were instrumental in ridding Ireland of her population. Misinformers write and speak of “Ireland’s Potato Famine.”. The potato blight was a natural phenomenon, a misfortune. But the Great Starvation, as Wilde might have quipped, was rather more than carelessness! Ireland, an extremely fertile country, grew other crops and raised s cattle, sheep, pigs, fowl and game in abundance, has rivers and lakes teeming with fish and is surrounded by fish rich seas. British ships sent troops to Ireland to escort her produce to the ports and deny it to those most in need of it. “Informers” were not highly regarded in Ireland. Misinformers are no less dangerous but today dominate the media
I’ve been re-reading “KING OF THE BEGGARS” , Sean O’Faolain’s study of O’Connell. O’Connell has been cited by charlatans, learned and ignorant, in Holy Orders and unholy deputy editorial opinion pieces, as a stick to beat and belittle Republicans. They do O’Connell, and History, a disservice. Worse still, they give today’s generation a bum steer. ” The hungry sheep look up and are”………… fed Tripe and Treason by THE IRISH TIMES and other Fifth Columnists.
O’Connell would not commend himself to such people, and his comments following the assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in May 1812 illustrate why. O’Faolain says that O’Connell had the spirit not to think like an Englishman because an Englishman was dead. “He chose, instead, to remember a poor Irish woman whose boy had been recently killed in an Orange clash.” ‘Are all your feelings (he bellowed) to be exhausted by the great? Have you no pity for the widow who lost her son? Are her feelings to be despised and trampled on? Is the murder of her boy to go unpunished? Is there no vengeance for the blood of the widow’s son? Yes! THE HEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT WHICH ALLOWED THE BLOOD OF THAT BOY TO FLOW UNREQUITED MAY HAVE VINDICATED THE IDEA OF A DIVINE PROVIDENCE!’
>All I can say is “O’CONNELL A BUADH!”