Cornelius O'Brien (County Clare)

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Cornelius O'Brien (1782 – 1857) was an Irish politician.[1]

He built a tower, now referred to as O'Brien's Tower on the Cliffs of Moher in 1835 as an observation tower for the hundreds of tourists that frequented the cliffs during the time. O'Brien's Tower stands on a headland of the Cliffs of Moher.[citation needed]

O'Briens Tower is just visible in this panoramic view of the Cliff's of Moher.

Folklore holds that Cornelius O'Brien was a man ahead of his time, believing that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy and bring people out of poverty. O'Brien also built a wall of Moher flagstones along the Cliffs, and it is said in the locality that he built everything around here except the Cliffs. He died in 1857 and his remains lie in the O'Brien vault in the graveyard adjoining St Brigid’s Well.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies: C (part 4)". Leigh Rayment's Peerage pages. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maurice O'Connell
William Nugent Macnamara
Member of Parliament for Clare
1832–1847
With: William Nugent Macnamara
Succeeded by
Sir Lucius O'Brien, Bt
William Nugent Macnamara
Preceded by
Sir Lucius O'Brien
William Nugent Macnamara
Member of Parliament for Clare
18521857
With: Sir John Forster FitzGerald
Succeeded by
Lord Francis Conyngham
Francis Macnamara Calcutt