Distance – John Boyle O’Reilly

John Boyle O’Reilly was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and was transported to Western Australia.

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He escaped to America, and campaigned for the Irish community and culture through his paper Boston’s The Pilot.

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Distance

The world is large when its weary
leagues two loving hearts divide,
But the world is small when your enemy
is loose on the other side.

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