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John Boyle O'Reilly
John Boyle O'ReillyJohn Boyle O'Reilly (28 June 184410 August 1890) was an Irish-born poet and novelist. As a youth in Ireland he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, for which crime he was transported to Western Australia. After escaping to the United States, he became a prominent spokesperson for Irish sentiment and culture, through his editorship of the Boston newspaper The Pilot, his prolific writing, and his lecture tours. There is also the John Boyle O' Reilly Club in Springfield, Massachusetts where Irish people and people of any nationality come and celebrate the Irish heritage. They celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2005. O'Reilly was born in 'Dowth Castle', near Drogheda in Ireland at the onset of the Great Irish Famine. Ireland was at that time a part of the United Kingdom, and many Irish people bitterly resented English rule, and there was a strong nationalist movement. O'Reilly's family was fiercely patriotic, and his mother was closely related to John Allen, who had played an important role in Robert Emmet's rising in 1803.

a white rose
 
 
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
Oh, the red ro... [read poem]
nature's epitaph
 
 
Who knows where the graveyard is
Where the fox and the eagle lie?
Who has seen the ob... [read poem]
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