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John O’Leary 1830-1907

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Born in Tipperary town. He was an active Fenian and edited the Irish People. He was arrested in 1865 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. He served five years in Portland and had to spend the next 15 years in Paris before he was allowed to return home. He spent much of his time writing. His memoirs were published as Recollections of Fenians and Fenianism. Other works include What Irishmen Should Know and other works in the same vein. He had a love of books and owned over 10,000. Yeats said of him “From O’Leary’s conversations or from the books he lent or gave me has come all I have set my hand to since”. W.B. Yeats also wrote that Romantic Ireland was dead and gone and was with O’Leary in the grave. He is buried in Dublin.

Further information, location and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book