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Daniel Florence O'Leary, Bolivar's Aide de Camp, in County Cork (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 07/23/21 3:30 am)

Greetings from the city of Cork, Ireland, where Connie and I are staying through today.

On Wednesday we went hunting for the traces of Daniel Florence O'Leary in Cork City, and were able to find all of them that I know of. See below for some photos with descriptions:

JE comments:  Much obliged to you and Connie for the photos, Pat!  O'Leary is a fascinating link between the Old World and the New.  He's every bit as significant as Lafayette and Pulaski were for the United States.

Earlier this summer, Aldona and I watched the entire Colombian historical series Bolívar.  O'Leary, played by English actor Ed Hughes, is one of the most sympathetic and heroic characters in the show.  Worth the sixty-hour investment!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol%C3%ADvar_(TV_series)

This bust is among a small collection of similar busts in Fitzgerald Park in Cork City. The others included Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera and Tom Barry. Good company!


Metal plaque attached to a building where O`Leary lived as a child, situated on Barrack Street near its intersection with Green Street.


"The Barrack Street Boy" is on the street near the plaque above.


Street sign of "O`Leary Place" in Irish. This could have been the location of a family compound in the area, which now contains public housing probably constructed in the 1950s or 1960s.


One of those public housing units.



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  • Immortalizing Daniel F O"Leary in the Colombian Series "Bolivar" (Patrick Mears, -Germany 07/24/21 3:44 AM)
    My thanks to John E for publishing the very nice post about Daniel Florence O'Leary, and mentioning the Colombian TV series, Bolivar, which I had not known about before reading his comments.

    Below are links to the series trailer and to a special trailer featuring Ed Hughes' performance as Daniel Florence.


    Here is the link to the trailer for Bolivar. Wish I knew Spanish:


    https://www.imdb.com/video/vi606911513?playlistId=tt9327242&ref_=tt_pr_ov_vi


    But better yet--here are scenes from Bolivar that feature Ed Hughes in the role of Daniel Florence O'Leary:


    https://www.imdb.com/video/vi0245273?playlistId=nm0400578&ref_=nm_pr_ov_vi


    JE comments:  I enjoyed reliving these great scenes.  O'Leary/Hughes gets a special place in the series, as he is also the narrator--the passages are presumably taken from his multi-volume memoirs of the Bolívar campaigns.


    I never figured out how General O'Leary kept his redcoat uniform so impeccable through years of fighting in the Venezuelan llano, the Colombian cordillera, and as far as Ecuador and Peru.


    Even if you don't know Spanish, click on the second link for Venezuelan actor Luis Gerónimo Abreu as Bolívar.  Aldona believes he's one of the handsomest fellows alive.  Who am I to disagree?


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