General Daniel Florence O’Leary
1801 – 1854
Born in Cork City was Aide-de-Camp
Liberator Simón Bolivar
During the Latin American Wars of Independence
A la Memoria del General Danial Florence O’Leary (1801 – 1854)
Oriundo de Cork. Edecán de Simón Bolivar, el Libertador,
en ias Guerras de Independencia Latinamericanas
Erected with the generous support of the Venezuelan Government
And presented to the people of Cork on
12th of May 2010
His Excellency Dr. Samuel Moneada, Venezuelan
Ambassador to Ireland
Gratefully received and acknowledged
on behalf of The O’Leary Family and The O’Leary Association
Richard Lynch & Gearoid O Mannán
Shortly after reading Roger Herlihy’s book, and before I went looking for it I read on Rebel Cork’s Fighting Story that it had gone missing.
Then I went looking for the monument in Fitzgerald’s Park – only to see that it had been temporarily removed to facilitate the building works.
On 17th May, we were in Fitzgerald’s Park – the weekend of the grand re-opening – and able to record the monument in its prime new location. That was one of the benefits of the day.
Overall, I do like what has been done with Fitzgerald Park. Positives would include the new bandstand and green area should be great for performances; I did like the log area; I think that they did the best possible with the Chelsea pod – any failure should lie with the original Chelsea designer if the brief included option for re-use at ground level in a public park.
There are some failures. Providing plants around the silver balls has proven to be a complete waste as the balls are playthings and the plants have been trampled into oblivion already. I am in agreement with Peter Dowdall that if the objective had been to create a world class garden, that target was not met. The blinded hardcore paths, I hope, are temporary and will be replaced with the bound aggregate paths as elsewhere in the park – if part of the design, I would also consign to the failure column.
I may be biased but an improved and enlarged children’s play area, similar to Killarney, would have provided a better return on investment.
Daniel Florence O’Leary
Blogs I Read & Links
Thought & Comment
For the Fainthearted
Bock The Robber
140 characters is usually enough
That’s How The Light Gets In
Tea and a Peach
Buildings & Things Past
Come Here To Me
Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland
The Irish Aesthete
Ireland in History Day By Day
Buildings of Ireland
Irish War Memorials
The Standing Stone
Time Travel Ireland
Stair na hÉireann
Wide & Convenient Streets
The Irish Story
Our City, Our Town
West Cork History
Cork’s War of Independence
Cork Historical Records
Rebel Cork’s Fighting Story
40 Shades of Life in Cork