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From The Earth, A Cry

From The Earth, A Cry

Ian Kenneally

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This first complete study of O’Reilly’s short but extraordinary life is an exciting, compelling account of a life previously lost in time.

Born in County Meath, the first part of his life is almost pure adventure. A journalist in his youth, he became an undercover Fenian while ostensibly a proud member of the British army. On his discovery in 1866 he was convicted of treason and taken prisoner before being transported to Freemantle, Australia. His life as a convict, a daring escape on an American whaler, and his subsequent adventures make for a stirring story. After settling in Boston, O'Reilly was employed by the Irish-Catholic paper, the Boston Pilot, becoming editor and joint owner.

He turned the paper into one read and respected across America, becoming more an American patriot but never losing belief that Ireland should be free. He helped plot the Catalpa rescue of six more Fenians from Australia. Maintaining a firm hatred of empires, he devoted much time to opposing racism and prejudice. As a writer, O'Reilly formed friendships with literary figures such as Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde. But what really made O'Reilly's name were his journalism and newspaper campaigns. This first complete study of O'Reilly's short but extraordinary life is an exciting, compelling account of a life previously lost in time.

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Author Ian Kenneally
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 14 Aug 2013
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781848891319

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