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Limerick Mourns the Passing of Former Mayor and Political Figure, John Daly

Limerick, Ireland – The city of Limerick was shrouded in sorrow yesterday as news spread of the passing of Mr John Daly, a prominent figure in both local politics and the broader Irish nationalist movement. Mr Daly, who served as Mayor of Limerick, succumbed to illness at his home, marking the end of an era for the community he served and the political causes he championed.

A native son of Limerick, Mr Daly’s life was intertwined with the turbulent currents of Irish politics, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His involvement in what some describe as “extreme politics” earned him both admiration and notoriety, depending on one’s perspective.

Mr Daly’s political journey was marked by fervent activism, including his participation in the Irish nationalist movement, which sought to assert Ireland’s independence from British rule. He found himself embroiled in the tumultuous events of his time, including the dynamite outrages in England during the early 1880s.

His arrest, trial, and subsequent conviction in connection with these events cast a long shadow over his life. Sentenced to penal servitude for life, Mr Daly steadfastly maintained his innocence, alleging that he was the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by authorities. His claims gained some credence when revelations about police misconduct came to light, sparking debates in the corridors of power.

After enduring fourteen years of imprisonment, Mr Daly was eventually released on a ticket-of-leave. Returning to his beloved Limerick, he was greeted with warmth and affection by the local community, a testament to the enduring bond he shared with its people. His popularity was reaffirmed when he was elected Mayor of Limerick for three consecutive terms, a remarkable feat that underscored the depth of public support he enjoyed.

Beyond his political pursuits, Mr Daly was also a successful businessman, having established a thriving bakery business in the city. His entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to his trade endeared him to many, further solidifying his standing in the community.

The Daly family’s involvement in Irish nationalist causes ran deep. Mr Daly’s daughter, Mrs. Clarke, was married to Mr Thomas Clarke, a figure intimately connected with the events of the recent rebellion. Both Mr Clarke and Mr Daly found themselves incarcerated on similar charges, reflecting the family’s unwavering commitment to the cause of Irish independence.

Tragically, the family’s sacrifices extended beyond mere imprisonment. Mr Daly’s nephew, Edward Daly, played a pivotal role in the Irish Volunteers, leading the occupation of the Four Courts during the Easter Rising. Like many others involved in the rebellion, Edward Daly met a grim fate, facing execution for his actions.

As Limerick bids farewell to one of its most illustrious sons, the legacy of John Daly endures as a symbol of resilience, conviction, and unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice and freedom. His passing marks the end of an era, but his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of those who continue to strive for a better future for Ireland.

Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 01 July 1916