The annual commemoration of Daniel O'Connell took place at Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday, May 13th.
The occasion marks the anniversary of the death of O'Connell which occurred on May 15th, 1847. This year, there was some extra significance to the occasion given the fact that the O'Connell Tower which was built as a monument to this great man has recently opened to public for the first time in 45 years.
The ceremony was opened by John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust.
This was followed by prayers from Bishop Raymond Field and readings by two O'Connell School students.
Wreaths were laid at the entrance to the O'Connell Crypt by:
Ambassador Robin Barnett - British Ambassador to Ireland
John Green - Chairman, Glasnevin Trust
Philip Hamell - Department of the Taoiseach
Emily Lenehan - Great Great Great Grandaughter of Daniel O'Connell
Mícheál Mac Donncha - Lord Mayor of Dublin
Declan McCullough - Past Pupils Union, O'Connell School
Cllr. John Sheahan - Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council
John Green reminded us of the importance of remembering O'Connell's teachings in these times of uncertainty in the world. He described him as the 'great political achiever' of this country.
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