Daniel O’Connell’s son, Morgan was M.P. for Meath from 1832 to 1840. Morgan O’Connell was born in 1804, the second son of Daniel O’Connell. At the age of fifteen Morgan served in the Irish South American legion which assisted Simon Bolivar in his fight to achieve freedom from Spanish rule. He was shipwrecked on his journey home. He then joined the Austrian army and was stationed in northern Italy and Hungary. Morgan depended on his father to support him financially and sort out any scrapes he got into. Morgan returned to Ireland in 1830. Despite not being really interested in politics Daniel O’Connell had Morgan elected as M.P. for Meath in 1832, defeating Lord Killeen. Killeen had been an active supporter of Catholic rights. In the 1832 election Daniel O’Connell had three sons, two sons-in-law, a brother-in-law and a first cousin elected for the repeal movement. While in parliament Morgan presented a number of petitions against tithes.
In this time of gentlemanly honour in 1835 Morgan fought a duel with one of his father’s opponents. His father had refused the duel. Two shots were exchanged by either side and neither party were hurt but honour had been satisfied. Later that year Morgan refused a challenge from Disraeli. He continued as M.P. for Meath until 1840 when he was appointed first assistant registrar of deeds for Ireland. In 1846 with the efforts of his father, Morgan, was promoted to registrar. Morgan retired in 1869 and died in 1885 and is buried in the O’Connell tomb at Glasnevin.