Sinn Fein TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, has today called for Kerry public representatives of all parties to support the campaign to save 40 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin the home of The O’Rahilly from demolition.
“I commend the efforts of Proinsias Ó Rathaille, The O’Rahilly’s grandson, and Sinn Féin colleagues such as Chris Andrews TD and Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha for their campaign to save this historic building,” said Deputy Daly.
Storied Republican Heritage
“The house has a storied Republican heritage, with Roger Casement, Éamon de Valera, James Connolly and Michael Collins all having visited.
The O’Rahilly (1875-1916) lived there until his death during the Easter Rising, and, as a native of Ballylongford, is an important figure in Kerry’s history as well as that of the nation.
Time is Running Out
“It is for these reasons that I am calling for TDs and public representatives within Kerry to support the campaign.
“Time is running out and a motion is due to come before Dublin City Council, moved by Cllr Mac Donncha, next week to add the house to the list of protected structures.
An Bord Pleanála Entertained Demolition Proposals
“I fully support this motion and condemn An Bord Pleanála’s decision to allow demolition to proceed.
“Any and all efforts must be taken to preserve this important part of republican and Kerry history,” said Teachta Daly.
For more on the Ballylongford born 1916 hero, just click on the link here: https://www.theirishstory.com/2015/04/09/glorious-madness-the-life-and-death-of-michael-orahilly/
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