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Dennis Kennedy

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Dennis Campbell Kennedy is a writer on Irish and European affairs. Currently based in Belfast, he has worked

as a journalist in both parts of Ireland, and in the United States and Africa. From 1985-1991, he was Head of the

European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, and later lecturer in European Studies in Queen's University


Born in Lisburn, Co.Antrim, he was educated at Wallace High School Lisburn, Queen's University, Belfast, and

Trinity College Dublin. He graduated in Modern History from Queen's in 1958, and received a PhD from Dublin

University (Trinity College) in 1985.

Dublin's Fallen Hero


The Long Life and Sudden Death of Nelson’s Pillar


For a century and a half Nelson’s Pillar, a tall Doric column topped by a statue of Admiral Nelson, erected in 1809 to honour the victor of Trafalgar, dominated the centre of Dublin. It was the hub of the city’s tram and bus routes, the rendezvous point for Dubliners, and the image that every visitor wanted to have on his postcard home. This account of the Pillar, why it was built, how it survived, and why it was finally, and illegally, destroyed in 1966 is the intriguing story of a monument which pre-dated Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square by more than three decades, and which was still standing when Ireland became a Republic and left the Commonwealth.

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