A very short History of Daniel O‘Connell‘s stay at Richmond Bridewell

When entering the campus of Griffith College, it is hard to imagine that there was a time, not too long ago, when people were held there against their will.

This was the case for a man named Daniel O‘Connell, who was sentenced to 12 months in prison in the year 1844 after he held a meeting to overthrow the constitution of the British Empire and reinstate the Irish Parliament.

Having been elected Lord Mayor of Dublin three years earlier, O‘Connell enjoyed great popularity and was surrounded by his supporters even during his stay.

Below is a video with one of Griffith College‘s founding Directors, Reg Callanan, who shared his insights on Daniel O‘Connell.

By Adina Sarah Abraham

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