This statue was commissioned in 1880 to commemorate Daniel O’Connell (1775- 1847) after whom the street was also renamed after Irish independence. O’Connell was born in Kerry and believed in employing peaceful tactics to achieve change. He fought for Catholic emancipation within the British Parliamentary system and the repeal of the Act of Union. Literally hundreds upon thousands of people came to hear him speak at his now famous ‘monster meetings’. The monument was sculpted by John Henry Foley (1818-74) who was the leading sculptor of the day and who at the same time was working on the Albert Memorial in London. The statue features O’Connell on top and below him is a cross section of people from all levels of Irish society. There are some bullet holes in the statue (see the arms) which people say happened during the 1916 rising.