Was reading an article on an entirely different topic (Edward the Bruce's wars in medieval Ireland) when I came across this titbit:
Woah, woah, woah...what?Yet the notion of an Ó Conchobair king of Connacht or Ireland died hard. In 1643, a member of the family was alleged to have been inaugurated at Carnfree, just as had Fedlimid in 1309 and Ruaidrí in 1315. During the rural disturbances of the 1820s, an invitation was sent by locals to Matthew O’Conor Don, wishing to make him their king and represent their grievances. As late as 1919, members of the first Dail seriously considered giving the crown of Ireland to the then O’Conor Don.
That the position eventually became that of an elective president rather than a hereditary king – as is the case in republics such as Spain – had less to do with Irish notions of republicanism as with the then O’Conor Don, who politely refused for reasons of his own.
Could we have ended up with King O'Conor Don of the Free State, with an Oath of Allegiance of a very different sort?
Anyone know anything else about this somewhat unusual footnote in Irish republicanism, such as who in the Dail supported this motion?