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Cahersiveen in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

O'Connell Memorial Church

Daniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 9

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
1. O'Connell Memorial Church Marker
Inscription.  

In 1879 Rev. Timothy Brosnon was appointed Parish Priest of Cahersiveen and as a great admirer of Daniel O'Connell, he hoped to erect a Church that would suitably mark the centenary of his birth in 1775. Having received an audience with Pope Leo XIII, he got permission to proceed with the Church and the Pope gave him a 4cwt Slab of Marble for the corner stone of the Church. The architect, George Ashlin, was invited to prepare the plans for the building and to raise much needed funds for the Church, Priests were sent to America, Australia and Great Britain for this purpose.

A contract was signed with John Devlin of Glasgow in May 1886 for the sum of 23,885 and out of his generosity, the contractor offered to use best Irish granite, instead of the local old Red Sandstone. The granite was brought from Newry in Co. Down. The Archbishop of Cashel, Dr Croke, laid the Corner Stone on August 1st 1888. A balance sheet dated, March 31st 1893, showed that expenditure amounted to 19,370, but only 17,685 had been collected. The work on the Church had ceased for two years due to the lack of funds. Canon Brosnan's health deteriorated and despite

O'Connell Memorial Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
2. O'Connell Memorial Church
Marker is perpendicular to the photo, at the center, adjacent to the church wall
his best efforts, the Church was not completed in his lifetime. The Canon died on December 21st 1898 at the age of 76. His remains were interred in the Great Church, which he erected to commemorate the services of Daniel O'Connell in the cause of Catholic Emancipation. Fr Riordan became Parish Priest and he succeed[ed] in paying the monies owed to the Architect and Contractor. Four years after the Canon's death on Sunday December 14th 1902, the first Mass was celebrated in the Memorial Church by Rev. J O'Sullivan, a native of Foilmore. The O'Connell Memorial Church is the only Church in Ireland dedicated to a layman.

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Erected by ACARD Ltd, The Old Barracks, Wild Atlantic Way, Kerry County Council, and Dept of Social Protection.
 
Location. 51° 56.813′ N, 10° 13.508′ W. Marker is in Cahersiveen, Munster, in County Kerry. Marker is on Church Street/Ring of Kerry (National Route N70) just east of O'Connell Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20-30 Church Street/Ring of Kerry, Cahersiveen, Munster V23 EH59, Ireland. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (within shouting distance of this marker); Presentation Convent (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line);

O'Connell Memorial Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
3. O'Connell Memorial Church
West Elevation
The Barracks Heritage Centre (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Atlantic College of Wireless & Cable Telegraphy (approx. half a kilometer away); Railway and O'Connell (approx. half a kilometer away); The Railway (approx. half a kilometer away); Ringforts (approx. half a kilometer away); Sive Fort (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahersiveen.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cahersiveen Parish, Diocese of Kerry. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church Cahersiveen at Facebook. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Daniel O'Connell Bio. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Daniel O'Connell at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Cahersiveen Kerry. (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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O'Connell Memorial Church Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
4. O'Connell Memorial Church Sign
Daniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
5. Daniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Map
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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