Glasnevin’s O’Connell Monument

Published April 13, 2018

Glasnevin’s O’Connell Round Tower to re-open on the 14th April. Did you know, the Powers family were very involved in fund raising for its construction? So much so that it was Sir John Power (first Baronet), who laid the foundation-stone of the O’Connell Monument (Round Tower) in Glasnevin. In honour of this he was presented with a  silver trowel with which he performed the ceremony inscribed:
This Trowel was used by Sir John Power, Bart.
Of Roebuck House, Co Dublin
23rd September 1854
On laying the first stone of the O’Connell Monument
His victory in a glorious strife
To feeling, faith and freedom dear
Cost not one patriotic life
A wound, an outrage or a tear.
Presented by the O’Connell Monument Committee
The tower meant so much to them that they reproduced it using bottles of Gold Label for their iconic 1893 display at the Chicago Worlds fair, later using a reproduction on their advertising cards.