Laurence O'Neill (1864-1943), Lord Mayor of Dublin (1917-1924): Patriot and Man of Peace

Laurence O'Neill (1864-1943), Lord Mayor of Dublin (1917-1924): Patriot and Man of Peace

by Thomas J. Morrissey SJ

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Laurence O'Neill (1864-1943) was Lord Mayor of Dublin during key years in modern Irish history, 1917-1924. During these troubled years he held the confidence of his fellow councillors and was hailed in ballad as the greatest lord mayor since Daniel O'Connell. He combined charm with oratorical gifts, political skill, mediation in industrial disputes, and a strong social conscience. In 1916 he was wrongfully imprisoned, an experience which gave him empathy with political prisoners and enabled him to be a successful negotiator between them and the authorities, especially in cases of hunger strike. As Lord Mayor he convened and chaired the Mansion House Conference against conscription, helping to unite all shades of nationalist opinion against this proposal. A constitutional nationalist himself, he was friendly with de Valera and Michael Collins, the Dail met in the Mansion House, and republican leaders secretly found shelter there during the Troubles. At the same time, Lord Mayor O'Neill cultivated the leading authorities so as to promote openness to negotiation, employment and civic peace. This important biography, by Thomas J. Morrissey SJ, restores O'Neill to his rightful place as a champion of liberty, justice and national pride - a patriot who was a man of peace and an outstanding Lord Mayor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907002137
Publisher: Four Courts Press
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Author's introduction Thomas J. Morrissey, S.J. ix

Preface Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin xi

List of Illustrations xiii

Part I A Long Prologue

1 Early Years in City and County 3

2 Cyclist and Administrator 9

3 Aspects of Dublin Corporation, 1900-1914 17

4 Making Progress in the Corporation, 1910-1912 23

5 From Social Upheaval to a World War, 1913-1914 35

6 The Pivotal Years, 1915-1916 47

Part II The Mayoralty, 1917-1924

7 Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1917: Orator, Thomas Ashe and hunger strike 61

8 1918: Defying Conscription. Negotiating for Prisoners, Industrial Peace, and the invitation to the American President 101

9 1919: Release of prisoners. Civic reception for de Valera. American Delegates. Prohibitions and constraints. Closure of Mansion House. An independent stand 141

10 1920: A Year of Violence, Intimidation, Reprisals, and the deaths of Terence MacSwiney and Kevin Barry 161

11 1921: Through Carnage to Peace 187

12 1922 - 1923: Years of Personal and National Upheaval 209

13 1924: Bereft. The End of an Era 225

Part III A Long Epilogue, 1925-1943

14 1925 - 1936: Financial problems. A voluble Senator 237

15 1936-1943: The Last Lap 257

Index 265

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