`A very readable and entertaining portrait of O'Connell the man.' -- The Irish Mail on Sunday, October 24, 2010
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Dr Patrick M. Geoghegan is Associate Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin. He teaches in the School of Histories and Humanities and is the presenter of the award-winning Talking History on Newstalk. His previous books include King Dan: The Rise of Daniel O Connell, 1775 1829 (2008), biographies of Robert Emmet (2002), and Lord Castlereagh (2002), and The Irish Act of Union (1999).
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A pacey account of the final years of the Liberator. Recounts in full colour the political giant that this peaceful agitator was. I would highly recommend this book to those who intuit something great to be grasped from the history of the pursuit of Irish freedom. It is can be found in the legacy of O'Connell, who could say that "human blood is no cement for the temple of human liberty". The time has surely come for Daniel O'Connell to step out from the shadows of Collins and De Valera (the political inheritors of the Young Ireland secession).
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A Great Biography of a Great Man10 Aug. 2013
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Daniel O'Connell is one of the greatest ever - if not THE greatest - Irishmen, a colossus who dominated the political life of the first half of the 19th century, and this biography - and it's companion volume King Dan - brings him wonderfully to life. It is beautifully written and we follow Dan throughout his triumphs and his failures and we get know him as a person with his foibles, faults and virtues. He was uncompromising in his non-violent approach to effecting change and for that he is much more worthy of our admiration than the psychotic gunmen who came to the fore in the early part of the 20th century and whose baleful legacy is still with us. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the making of modern Ireland and whose knowledge of O'Connell may be somewhat sketchy (as mine was). It is an outstanding biography.
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An excellent and detailed biography of the Liberator's final years and ...31 July 2014
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An excellent and detailed biography of the Liberator's final years and his struggles in the English parliament. Geoghegan is appreciated for his even-handedness in describing O'Connell's personality and motivations as years passed. I also enjoyed The Hereditary Bondsman 1775-1829, McDonagh, which describes the early years and education of O'Connell and suggest that this be read first in order to have some context for the post-emancipation period of 1830-1847. O'Connell was truly a remarkable, bigger-than-life person which Ireland was blessed to have.