Maurice R. O’Connell (1922-2005) was Professor Emeritus of History at Fordham University in Ireland, where from 1964 to 1988 he taught modern Irish and British history. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from University College, Dublin, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. The great, great grandson of Daniel O’Connell, he edited his ancestor's correspondence in eight volumes that appeared between 1972 and 1980.