John Boyle O'Reilly Memorial

Boylston Street and The Fens

Poet, patriot, prisoner, journalist, sportsman and spokesmen for the Irish in America, John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) was the most influential Boston Irishman of the 19th century. Born in County Meath, he was a printer's apprentice and a foe of the British Empire. In 1866 he was sentenced to a penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, but made a daring escape on a New Bedford Whaler named Gazelle. He arrived in Boston in 1870, and for the next 20 years was recognized as a powerful spokesman for the downtrodden.

The Memorial by Daniel Chester French was dedicated in 1896.

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