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'Message of Peace’ tells the amazing story of a lesser-known Irish hero John Boyle O’Reilly. In this Double CD Tyrrell effortlessly traces his journey from early childhood set against a backdrop of famine, revolution, Fenianism and penal servitude for life in Australia and his great escape from there to the USA.
Tyrrell’s love of traditional music is very much to the fore as the story is cleverly tied together with jigs, reels, a march, and a few slow airs. Using an array of instruments, Seán weaves effortlessly between narrative, instrumental and song.
JOHN BYOLE O REILLY....
O’Reilly was born in 1844. He joined the British cavalry in 1866 with the purpose of converting the Irishmen in his regiment to Fenianism. He was tried for treason and sentenced to penal servitude for life in Fremantle penal colony in Australia. He fell in love with his overseer’s daughter and she with him it was an intimate love affair and it was even rumoured locally though without substantiation that she became pregnant by him. Rejected by Jesse he tried to commit suicide but was found before he could succeed. He escaped the penal colony aboard an American whaling ship. While aboard the Gazelle he went on a whale hunt and nearly lost his life when the whale smashed the boat.
He settled in Boston and became the editor and part-owner of The Pilot newspaper. Joseph Pulitzer commissioned him to write a poem for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty. He championed Native and African American rights and spoke out against anti-Semitism. He devised the plan that rescued the other Fenians he left behind in Fremantle prison on board an American whaling ship the Catalpa.
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