Daniel O'Connell

The great 'Liberator' began his adult life as an ambitious young lawyer, a Deist and a freemason. Some account of Dublin freemasonry for Catholics is given in the 'Ascendancy' chapter of Rutherfurd's second Irish book. But the main account of O'Connell - the man himself, his political campaign, his family and his cousin the political fixer - are given in the 'Famine' chapter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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