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Edward James O'Reilly


"O'Reilly, Edward James.— Born in Co. Cavan on July 27, 1830, and went to U.S.A. in 1851. Became a journalist, writing for various papers. Many of his poems appeared over the signature of 'Clio.' He studied law after some years of journalism, and became very popular as a lawyer and highly esteemed for his geniality and kindness. He died on September 9, 1880 . . . . He is included in 'Poetry and Song of Ireland.' The Boston Pilot says he was first a printer and then a reporter. He was a compositor on the Boston Express for a time, before joining its literary staff. He was also connected with the New York Sun, Herald, Times, Mercury, World, etc. The Pilot, in its obituary notice of him, describes him as a Dublin man."

[Source: D. J. O'Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse 367(Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co.; London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1912)(Gale Research Co., reprint 1968)]