A fierce big man.*
John O’Connor, born in Mallow, County Cork, was a leading member of the Supreme Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Known as ‘Long John, six foot six of treason felony’, he was over six foot six inches in height. He was imprisoned on several occasions for Fenian activities.
The image is from the front page of the Daily Graphic, 17 December, 1892. See Posts ‘The Johnson Club, December 13th, 1892’, ‘Confusion Fusion’, ’13th December, 1892′.
See also That Irishman, Part Three, p.117.
*O’Connor was an inspiration for Conan Doyle’s character, Colonel Sebastian Moran, ‘a fierce big man’.