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History Talk: John Boyle O’Reilly - Monuments on Three Continents

Photograph of John Boyle O'Reilly Monument

Wednesday 28 November
Dr Joan Allen, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Newcastle University, will examine memorials to the famous Preston Irishman, John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) in America, Australia and Ireland.

These monuments reflect the esteem and respect in which the writer and activist was held long after his death and are a tribute to his enduring legacy and importance not only for the Irish abroad but for many people concerned with human rights and freedoms.

John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) was a radical Irish nationalist and world-renowned author and campaigner who lived in Preston for a few short years with relatives but retained a fond affection for the town and the time he spent here. He later became involved in the militant revolutionary Irish nationalist movement, the Fenians, was imprisoned and transported to Australia from where he escaped, finally settling in Boston in the US. Here he turned away from the violent revolutionary path of his younger days and became a leading public figure in American society, noted for his literary work and his campaigning for Irish independence and the rights of American workers. O'Reilly became editor of the Boston Pilot newspaper and used his position to also fight against the racism and inequality he saw in American society against both African-Americans and the Native American people.


What time? 6.00 -7.45pm

Cost? Free Do I need to book in advance? Booking essential at Harris Eventbrite

 

 

 

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