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Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847)

Daniel "The Emancipator" O'Connell
Born in Cahirciveen, County Kerry, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married 23 Jun 1802 in Dublin, Irelandmap
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Died at age 71 in Genoa, Italymap
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Daniel O'Connell was born on August 06, 1775 in Cahirciveen, County Kerry, Ireland.[1] His parents were Morgan O'Connell and Catherine O'Mullane.[1]

At the age of 13 Daniel and his brother Maurice were sent to Harrington's School in Cork.[1][2] A year later they were sent to Liege but were refused admission because Daniel was too old.[2] They were admitted at St. Omer in 1791 before moving to Douai College in 1792.[2][3] By January 1793 relations between England and France had deteriorated to such an extent that he and his brother Maurice were forced to travel to London.[3] Daniel entered Lincoln’s Inn to study law on 30th January 1794.[4] He continued his legal training at Kings Inns in Dublin being admitted in 1795 and called to the bar in 1798.[1]

He had formed an early attachment to a distant cousin, Miss Mary O'Connell, of Tralee; but his uncle Maurice was bent on the rising hope of the family his adopted heir marrying " a fortune." The lovers were, therefore, obliged to conceal their attachment for a considerable time ; but at last, "were married on 23 June 1802 in Dame St, Dublin in the house of Miss O'Connell,s brother-in-law Mr James Connor by Rev Mr Finn, then parish priest of Irishtown." [5] Other sources give the date of their marriage as 24 July.[3]

Mary O'Connell was his third cousin once removed, both being descendents of Christopher Conway. She was the daughter of Thomas O'Connell and his second wife Ellen Tuohy.[6]

This marriage, which O'Connell of Derrynane never quite forgave, caused some, though not an entire, change in the disposition of his property. [7]

The couple had eleven children born to them, though only seven survived (four sons and three daughters): all the sons were members of Parliament:[8]

  1. Maurice O'Connell, born 27 Jun 1803[9]
  2. Morgan O'Connell, born 31 October 1804[10]
  3. Ellen O'Connell, born 12 November 1805,[3] baptised 7 December 1805[11]
  4. Catherine, born 18 March 1807, married Charles O'Connell of Iveragh and Ballynablown, county Kerry[3]
  5. Edward, born July 1808, died January 1809[3]
  6. Elizabeth, born 21 February 1810,[3] baptised 26 March 1810,[11] married Nicholas Joseph ffrench of ffrench Lawn, county Roscommon[3]
  7. John O'Connell, born 24 December 1810,[10] baptised in 1810[12] (a transcription says his record is on page 18 but it cannot be seen in this image)
  8. Daniel Thomas or Daniel Stephen, born 29 December 1812,[3] baptised 6 January 1813,[12] died c10 February 1814
  9. Mary, baptised 25 January 1814, [12] died 9 June 1814[13]
  10. Rickarda O’Connell, baptised June 1815[12] (a transcription says her record is on page 98 but it cannot be seen in this image)
  11. Daniel Joseph O'Connell, born 22 August 1816,[14] baptised 19 September 1816[12].

He died on May 15, 1847 in Genoa, Italy[15]

O'Connell was born at Carhan House, a mile north of the small town of Cahirciveen, [16] County Kerry, to the O'Connells of Derrynane, a once-wealthy Roman Catholic family, that had been dispossessed of its lands. Among his uncles was Daniel Charles, Count O'Connell, an officer in the Irish Brigades of the French Army. A famous aunt was Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, while Sir James O'Connell, 1st Baronet, was his younger brother. He was educated under the patronage of his wealthy uncle Maurice "Hunting Cap" O'Connell.

Daniel O'Connell, was often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation—including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years—and repeal of the Act of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 King's Inns Admission Papers 1607-1867 Page 373 (1982)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Irish Pedigrees: O'Connell Family Genealogy, or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation, John O'Hart., accessed 16 Mar 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Ed. O’Connell, Maurice R. The Correspondence of Daniel O’Connell, Vol. I, 1792–1814 (Dublin: Irish University Press, 1973)
  4. Records of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn: Admissions Register, Volume 1, 1420-1799, Page 549 (London, 1896)
  5. "Life of Daniel O'Connell, the liberator : his times - political, social, and religious" by Mary Francis Cusack publ 1872 p 267 https://archive.org/details/lifeofdanielocon00cusauoft/page/273
  6. Citation Needed (1)
  7. The Irish, Its nation, Its biography, accessed 27 Jan 2016.
  8. Daniel O'Connell, Wikipedia, accessed 27 Jan 2016.
  9. Ed. Fisher, D.R. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, (2009)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Burtchaell, George Dames. Genealogical Memoirs of the Members of Parliament for the County and City of Kilkenny Pp 213-215 (Dublin: Sealy, Bryers, & Walker, 1888)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI St. Andrew, Dublin, Pp 66, 122
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI St. Andrew, Dublin, Pp 18, 49, 71, 98, 122
  13. Ed. Ffolliott, Rosemary. Cork Advertiser, 14th June 1814
  14. Ed. O’Connell, Maurice R. The Correspondence of Daniel O’Connell, Vol. II, 1815-1823 (Dublin: Irish University Press, 1973)
  15. Citation Needed (2)
  16. "The Liberator - Daniel O'Connell and the Irish Party 1830-1847" by Angus Macintyre publ 1965 p 1

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Can some one help me. I ran my Gedmatch number with Sir Nicholas Mander who has a DNA connection with Daniel O'Connell the Liberator. My Grandmother Margaret O'Connell was a 5 or 6 x Great Niece and I want to look in to my match further. How does Sir Nicholas Mander connect to Daniel please any help or advice is really needed. In memory of my Grandmother I need to make her connection with Daniel and see it in Black and White.
posted by Debbie O'Connor
Hello Debbie - You are not going to be able to easily find the connection via DNA without a lot of work. I can see you have started your tree but it needs to have more sources added to be able to connect it to other O'Connells in the tree. You also need to build you tree so it connects to others on WIkitree. Until you are connected to the 'big Wikitree' you won't be able to use tools like connection finder or relative finder. I tried to see the connection between Sir Nicholas and Daniel it says they are 7 degrees, via MacSweeney's

Sir Nicholas Mander is 7 Degrees from Daniel O'Connell Sir Nicholas Mander →✖Lola Brödermann (his mother)→✖Marie Herbert (her mother)→✖Mariquita Haffenden (her mother)→✖Mary MacSweeny (her mother)→✖Myles MacSweeny (her father)→✖Bridget O'Connell (his mother)→O_Connell-837.pngDaniel O'Connell (her brother)

Hi we need to add the the two younger sisters Kate and Betsey.

Kate born 18 Mar 1807 other details above. She married Charles O'Connell at Darrynane on 7 Oct 1832. Entry in register is not dated see https://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000634262#page/10/mode/1up also press cutting dated 13 Oct 1832 at http://www.limerickcity.ie/media/10%2013%201832.pdf

Betsey born 21 Feb 1810 other details above. She married Nicholas French at Merrion Square on 7 Apr 1831 see https://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000633482#page/87/mode/1up and http://www.limerickcity.ie/media/04%2009%2031.pdf. She died 1893 see https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_returns/deaths_1893/06006/4709134.pdf

posted by John Falvey
edited by John Falvey
Thank you John, If you would like to create the profiles, I'll add them.
posted by Richard Devlin
No problem Richard, Ill post again when they are done.
posted by John Falvey
I've added the daughters as O'Connell-2819 and O'Connell-2820
posted by John Falvey
Thank you, John, for creating Bessie and Kate O'Connell. I added them to their family.
posted by Maggie N.
Hi there profile managers!

We plan on featuring Daniel alongside St. Patrick, the Example Profile of the Week in the Connection Finder on March 17th. Between now and then is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can. A Team member will check on the profile Tuesday and make changes as necessary.

Thanks! Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
I have had my dna done. My gt gt grandmother Mary Catherine is supposed to be his niece. Her father was we think John but we cant prove her parents. She had a baby before marriage so was she written out Of the family records. Did her father have children on the Wrong side of the blanker? We may never know. [email address removed]
posted by Linda Monaghan
O'connell-2039 and O'Connell-837 appear to represent the same person because: Daniel O'Connell and his wife Mary are both duplicated here. They either need to be merged and the children detached, or the details of the "real" Daniel and Mary need to be removed from the newer profiles.
posted by John Falvey
Daniel O'Connell-2291 profile created as father of Dorenda (O'connell) McCrohon O'connell-19. Who can remove the marriage link of Mariae (Unknown) O’Connell Unknown-471444 from Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847) O'Connell-837 ??
posted by Sally x
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If anyone knows of a descendant of Daniel O'Connell "The Liberator" or a descendant of his wife please let me know. Perhaps it can be arranged for one of them to take a DNA test so that I can confirm whether or not I am related. Thank you!
posted by James Rottman

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