John Boyle O'Reilly

















































John Boyle O’Reilly 1844-1890 

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Born in Dowth Castle, County Meath. He was a journalist who joined the Fenians in 1863. He then joined the British Army to recruit for the Fenians but was eventually caught and sentenced to death. This was commuted to life imprisonment and he was sent to Australia. He escaped and went to America where he was successful as a journalist, newspaper proprietor and poet. His works include the novel Moondyne Joe – A Story from the Underworld and several volumes of poems – Songs, Legends and Ballads, The Cry of the Dreamer and Other Poems and Statues in the Block.  He is buried in Massachussetts. Photo by Jude Scales. O'Reilly's father is buried in Dublin.

Further information, location and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book