John Boyle O'Reilly (28 June 1844 – 10 August 1890) Is there a Song in His Life and Works?

John Boyle O'Reilly (28 June 1844 – 10 August 1890) was an Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer. As a youth in Ireland, he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, or Fenians, for which he was transported to Western Australia. After escaping to the United States, he became a prominent spokesperson for the Irish community and culture, through his editorship of the Boston newspaper The Pilot, his prolific writing, and his lecture tours. He was also the favorite bard of John F Kennedy.

U2's-Van Diemen's Land is about John Boyle O'Reilly. Written and sung by the Edge.

I came across this aspiring singer 'Jacob True Draper' who put the lyrics of  'The Cry of the Dreamer' a  poem by John Boyle O'Reilly to his music.

Perhaps an aspiring virtuoso among you might find in some of John Boyle O'Reilly's works an inspiration for a next song. You can read about his life and works below.


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Here is an animation someone did of using a famous photo of John Boyle O'Reilly. He is "virtually" reading his short poem "A White Rose."

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