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Saturday 21 October 2017

O'Connell gets plaque in London

political giant Daniel O'Connell (below) has been remembered as the Nelson Mandela of his day as the newest of London's famous blue plaques was unveiled in his honour.

Above the high-end boutiques and eateries of Albemarle Street now stands a commemoration to the Kerryman, known as The Liberator, for his battle for the right of Catholics to sit in the British Parliament.

The plaque marks his former home in Mayfair.

Among those already honoured by the distinctive blue plates in London are John Lennon, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx and Jimi Hendrix.

Professor Martin Daunton of English Heritage said O'Connell was arguably the Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi of his age.

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