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Saturday 24 June 2017

Daniel O'Connell's dying wish

Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

Q "My body to Ireland, my heart to Rome, my soul to God," Daniel O'Connell said on his deathbed in Genoa in 1847. And his dying wish was granted.

While his body was interred in the crypt in Glasnevin, his heart was removed, embalmed and placed in a silver casket and brought to a church of the Irish College in Rome, according to historian Shane MacThomais.

"In 1905, the Irish College was sold to a bank, and the priests went to retrieve the casket so they could bring it to the new college. It was gone. And they have never found it. Daniel O'Connell lost his heart in Rome," he added.

Irish Independent

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