HEROIC FAMILY DALYS, BARRINGTON STREET, LIMERICK C.1910S.

THE DALYS OF BARRINGTON STREET IN LIMERICK CITY WERE ONE OF THE MOST POLITICALLY AND SOCIALLY ACTIVE FAMILIES DURING IRELAND’S FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE. JOHN DALY, BORN IN 1845, BECAME THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE FAMILY’S POLITICAL DYNASTY TO COME TO PROMINENCE DURING HIS ROLE IN THE 1867 FENIAN RISING AND WAS LATER IMPRISONED IN PENTONVILLE FOR 12 YEARS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE IRISH DYNAMITE CAMPAIGN WHILE HE LIVED IN BIRMINGHAM.
JOHN DALY SPENT THESE 12 YEARS WITH ONE OF THE 1916 RISING SIGNATORIES TOM CLARKE, WHO MARRIED JOHN’S NIECE, KATHLEEN DALY, BORN IN 1878. KATHLEEN, IN LATER YEARS, BECAME ONE OF IRELAND’S MOST NOTABLE FEMALE POLITICIANS AS A TD AND SENATOR. SHE WAS DUBLIN’S FIRST WOMAN LORD MAYOR IN 1939.

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