On the 14th of October 2020 a memorial was held for William O Connell on the Phibsborough road in Dublin. William was shot on that date and a bronze plaque was erected to remember his death. This plaque was commissioned by the Cabra Historical Society. Mary Lou McDonald had some words to say at the memorial. Watch the video below for further information on the bronze plaque by sculptor Michael C Keane.
Here is an excerpt that Cabra Historical Society posted on Facebook for the unveiling:
The Cabra Historical Society want to thank the councilors from Dublin City Councill for their cross-party support for the the portrayed plaque of Vol William O Connell that we unveiled today.
We also want to thank Cllr Christy Burke for his support and also the staff of DCC ,Donals Barron,John Mc Partlan, Damien Lalor and Johnny Smithers. A sincere thanks to Betty and Kelly Rafferty for the flowers and to Barbara and Heather Kelly for the inscription on the covering cloth.
A great mention should go to all our society members who funded the plaque through their support of our fundraisers. To our resident artist Michael Keane what a great piece of art work you created for one of our dead freedom fighters. We hope the O Connell family members like the plaque and we want to thank them for their support.
To one of our long standing members Noel Paget a big thank you for unveiling the plaque and to Neillidh Mulligan for playing the pipes. We also want to thank our local Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald for been our main speaker.
Plaque unveiling of Volunteer William O’Connell on Phibsborough Road.
Nicky Kehoe, Noel Paget, Neillidh Mulligan and Mary Lou McDonald pay tribute on the 100th year anniversary of his death.