‘Patriot and Man of Peace’

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The name of Lawrence O’Neill crops up time and again in the history of Ireland’s struggle for freedom.  To commemorate his place in Irish history Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will launch his biography ‘Laurence O’Neill, Lord Mayor of Dublin 1917 – 1924’ in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Monday, 9th December, 2013 at 5.30pm.
 
During the turbulent years 1917 – 1924 O’Neill was hailed in ballad as the greatest Lord Mayor since Daniel O’Connell and was viewed by many as the likely president of a future Irish Republic.
 
During those years Dublin Corporation had a major voice and leadership role in the absence of an Irish parliament. It was Laurence O’Neill, as Lord Mayor, who in 1918 convened and chaired the Mansion House Conference against conscription, which brought about the unification of nationalist opinion against British Government policy.   O’Neill also secured political prisoner status for Irish men who fought in 1916 and in the War of Independence.
 
“This major biography brings to light O’Neills remarkable contribution to Ireland and Dublin during a period of upheaval and change. I am delighted to launch this wonderful publication by Dublin City Council to mark the Decade of Commemorations, 1913-1923” said the Lord Mayor.
 
ENDS
 
 
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