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Daniel O'Connell - Fidelity - O'Connell Monument

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O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, Dublin,

Known as the 'Liberator', Daniel O'Connell was born in Carhan, Caherciveen in 1775. After securing the passage of the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1829, he was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin. There are numerous memorials to him around Dublin City.

Known as "the Liberator" for successfully campaigning for the right of Irish Catholics to become Members of Parliament, Daniel O'Connell is celebrated by the O'Connell Monument on the street which bears his name. O'Connell himself stands surrounded by a frieze of figures depicting elements of Irish society. Below these are four winged women representing Patriotism, Courage, Eloquence and Fidelity - one of which has her own story to tell.

Dublin poet Paula Meehan imagines Fidelity as a wise, compassionate figure 'rest[ing] in the stillness/between one human heart beat and the next'. Sitting with her faithful hound, Fidelity watches over the people coming and going on O'Connell Street.

Written by Paula Meehan, narrated by Ruth Negga.