SEEK FOR A HERO: The Story of John Boyla O'Reilly by William G. Schofield

SEEK FOR A HERO: The Story of John Boyla O'Reilly

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young Irish patriot and budding poet was convicted- in 1866 of con with Fenian leaders and stirring up mutiny among the Empire's proud Tenth Huaa Just as O'Reilly waited to be hanged, a Dostoyevskyan clemency was granted him life imprisonment. After unspeakable suffering and an abortive escape, O'Reilly was ferred to Australia. Here two priests, at great peril, rescued him and sent him to Australia. O'Reilly soon became editor of a highly successful Boston paper, The Pilot. His ardent democratic spirit helped unite the immigrants who carried island differences to this country, and he also won the love of Negro and Jew. continuing and daring support of Irish freedom brought O'Reilly to international fame. He found time to raise a family, and achieved recognition for his poetry... An impassioned tribute- for those who are still wearing the green.

Publisher: Kenedy