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Monday, 21st October 2019

Fr. Iggy to give talk on John Boyle O'Reilly

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An archive photo of John Boyle O'Reilly at work in Boston.

Fr. Iggy O’Donovan, formerly of this Parish, is to give a talk on the life of the Irish-American poet, journalist, author and Fenian activist John Boyle O’Reilly - upstairs in the O'Raghallaigh's GFC, North Road, Drogheda on Friday, Oct 25th at 8pm.

The talk will cover O’Reilly’s involvement in The Irish Brotherhood, his exile to Australia and his escape to the United States of America where he is fondly commemorated and often referred to as the greatest Irish American of all time.

Born in Dowth, O'Reilly moved to his aunt's residence in England as a teenager and became involved in journalism and shortly after became involved in the military. He, however, left the military in 1863 after becoming angry with the military's treatment of the Irish, and returned to Ireland the same year.

In 1864 he joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood under an assumed name and was part of the group for two years until he and many others were arrested by authorities in early 1866.

After a mock trial the same year he was sentenced to death which was later commuted to 20 years' penal servitude. In 1867 O'Reilly was transported to Western Australia and moved to the town of Bunbury where he escaped two years later.

After the escape O'Reilly moved to Boston and embarked on a successful writing and journalism career.

O'Reilly's literature and work with civil rights have been celebrated throughout the years.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

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