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The poet and Irish patriot, John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) led a life as adventurous and dangerous as any fictional hero.
His Fenian activities in England resulted in transportation to Western Australia. Against all odds he escaped from his convict working party, boarded an American Whaler and eventually reached Boston. While in this country, he became a successful newspaper editor, orator and champion of Irish immigrants and racial minorities. During this time he was involved in planning the now legendary escape of six other Fenians on board the Catalpa. His death at the age of forty-six shocked the nation.
Tony Evans draws on O'Reilly's poetry and writings - some of which have only recently been discovered - to reflect the events which shaped O'Reilly's life. Through these works the reader is given an insight into the poet's headstrong but winning personality and the influences which motivated his actions and beliefs.