Parnell was a contemporary of Andrew J. Kettle who famously became Parnell's "right hand man" and who claims credit for Parnell's election as leader of the Land League in 1879. In his memoirs Kettle says of Parnell, "When I came near the town I heard people shouting for Parnell, and when I came into the town I could hear nothing but Parnell, and when I reached the meeting place the people were wild about Parnell...I thought the best thing I could do was to say nothing about Duffy, so I proposed Parnell myself".
Parnell was a beloved figure, still is in many quarters, because of the work he did for the Irish people. When he died at the age of 45 it is estimated that over 200,000 people attended his funeral.
|Side view of the massive stone|
|(Part of the ) Monument to Parnell which stands at the top of O'Connell Street in Dublin|
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