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Cahersiveen in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West ((Éire) North Atlantic Ocean)
 

O'Connell's Birth Place

 
 
O'Connell's Birth Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
1. O'Connell's Birth Place Marker
Inscription.  

At Carhan Bridge O'Connell's home comes into view on the banks of Carhan River. He was born on August 6th 1775 at Carhan House. His parents were Morgan O'Connell and Catherine Mullane who hailed from North Cork. There were 10 siblings in the family 4 boys and 6 girls. The O'Connell[s] farmed 600 acres and lived in a 2 storey house with slate from Valentia Quarry on the roof and the home comprised of 5 bedrooms. Morgan was a farmer, shopkeeper and smuggler, and they sold lace, wines, silk and brandy. The O'Connell[s] also had salt-pans and a tannery.

As was customary in the early 19th century Daniel was fostered out to a Moran family in Teeromoyle. He experienced the life of a peasant and saw first hand the treatment of Catholics during the Penal Laws. When he returned home he could only speak Irish and he received his first taste of Education under a local hedge-school teacher by the name of David O'Mahony. It's reported that he learned the alphabet in 1½ hours. His wealthy uncle Maurice 'Hunting Cap' O'Connell was controlling Derrynane and he had no family. He therefore paid for Daniel's education in France and later in London.

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mother Catherine died in 1836 and shortly afterwards Carhan House was sold to local Dr. Barry who lives at Villa Nova. Both O'Connell's parents are buried in Holy Cross abbey in Old Market Street.

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Erected by ACARD Ltd, The Old Barracks, Wild Atlantic Way, Kerry County Council, and Dept of Social Protection.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is August 6, 1775.
 
Location. 51° 57.091′ N, 10° 12.278′ W. Marker is in Cahersiveen, Munster, in County Kerry. Marker is at the intersection of Ring of Kerry (National Route N70) and Carhan Road, on the right when traveling east on Ring of Kerry. Marker is in Daniel O'Connell Memorial Park. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Park (here, next to this marker); O'Connell (a few steps from this marker); The Abbey of the Holy Cross (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Primrose Walk (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Ringforts (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Sive Fort

O'Connell's Birth Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
2. O'Connell's Birth Place Marker
The O'Connell birthplace ruins are visible across the river
(approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Atlantic College of Wireless & Cable Telegraphy (approx. 1.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahersiveen.
 
Also see . . .
1. Daniel O'Connell Bio. (Submitted on November 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Daniel O'Connell at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cahersiveen Kerry. (Submitted on November 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
O'Connell's Birth Place Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
3. O'Connell's Birth Place Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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