Deasy tells Stephen, "I saw three generations since O'Connell's time," implying some claim to historical authority and also perhaps wrapping himself in a bit of the cloak of the great Irish leader. But Deasy believes in very different things than Daniel O'Connell stood for, among them Union and anti-Semitism.

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Oil portrait of Daniel O'Connell by Bernard Mulrenin, 1836. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

"Daniel O'Connell, The Champion of Liberty," 1847 poster published in Philadelphia. Source: Wikimedia Commons.