Council inspects O’Connell Monument

Council inspects O’Connell Monument


O'Connell Monument
Council officials inspect the O’Connell Monument this morning. Pic Tomás O Mainnín / RTÉ
Some damage to the head of the monument is visible. Pic Mary Howard
Some damage to the head of the monument is visible. Pic Mary Howard

Claims that the Daniel O’Connell Monument in Ennis may be structurally compromised have been investigated by officials from Clare County Council.

A Council Engineer accompanied Clare’s Conservation Officer Dick Cronin in an examination of the town centre column and statue this morning.

Cllr. Mary Howard last week raised a motion at the Ennis Municipal District Committee meeting at which she asked that the Council assess damage done to the monument of Daniel O’Connell and provide for its restoration and protection. Cllr. Howard also suggested that the column was leaning and could pose a danger to the public.

A close-up inspection of the statue has revealed damage to the head of the statue although it remains unclear at present whether this was due to vandalism of natural weathering.

The O’Connell Monument was erected in October 1863 following a five year fundraising campaign. The structure celebrates the former Clare MP’s role in delivering Catholic Emancipation.