Daniel Florence O'Leary
|Daniel Florence O'Leary|
|Native name||Dónall Fínín Ó Laoghaire|
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Unlike many of the Irish who fought for Simon Bolívar in his many campaigns to win South American independence, O'Leary had not served in the Napoleonic Wars.
In 1827 he married Soledad Soublette, the younger sister of General Carlos Soublette, with whom he had nine children.
After Bolívar's death in 1830, O'Leary disobeyed orders to burn the general's personal documents. He spent much of the rest of his life organizing them, along with writing his own very extensive memoirs (spanning thirty-four volumes) of his time fighting in the revolutionary wars with Bolívar. He died in Bogotá, Colombia. He is buried in the National Pantheon of Venezuela.
A bust and plaque honouring O'Leary were presented by the Venezuelan Government to the people of Cork and unveiled on 12 May 2010 by the Venezuelan Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Samuel Moncada.
- McNerney, Jr., Robert F. (January 1966). "Daniel Florence O'Leary, Soldier, Diplomat, and Historian". The Americas: 292–312. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Short biography on O'Leary from the Society for Irish Latin American Studies
- Biography from Journal 2001 of the historical society Ballingeary Cumann Staire
- Moisés Enrique Rodríguez "Under Three Flags The Diplomatic Career of Daniel Florence O'Leary", in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 7:1 (March 2009), pp. 85–92