Famous People

Edward O’Reilly (d.1829) published one of the first Irish-English dictionaries in 1817. In 1820 he compiled a chronological account of almost 400 Irish writers. His dictionary came too early to contain the phrase “the life of Reilly”. The expression is said to have first appeared in a ballad composed about the time of the Crimean War (1854) by a County Westmeath doctor named William Nedley.

Thomas Devlin O'ReillyThomas Devin Reilly (1824-1854) was a revolutionary Irish writer who was forced to escape from Ireland to New York in 1848 after charges were brought against him for a scathing article which appeared in the United Irishman. In America he went on to edit the New York Democratic Review and afterwards the Washington Union. He died suddenly in Washington on March 6, 1854, and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The Fenian John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890) also made a name for himself as a journalist and writer in America. Because of his activities in the revolutionary movement against England, he was arrested in 1866 and sent to the convict settlement in Bunbury, Australia. He escaped in 1869 and settled back in Boston where he worked as a journalist. He continued to support the Irish revolutionary movement and became editor and part owner of The Pilot, one of the most influential Irish-American newspapers in the United States. He occupied a distinguished place in the literary society of Boston, wrote many poetical works, and also edited The Poetry and Songs of Ireland (New York 1889). As a novelist O’Reilly will be remembered as the author of Moondyne, a story of convict life in Australia which was published in 1880 and ran through twelve editions.

Famous O'Reillys - Bill O'ReillyWilliam James “Bill” O’Reilly, Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which is the most watched cable news television program on American television. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a news reporter for various local television stations in the United States and eventually for CBS News and ABC News. From 1989 to 1995, he was anchor of the entertainment news program Inside Edition.

O’Reilly is widely considered a conservative commentator, though some of his positions diverge from conservative orthodoxy (in particular his opposition to the death penalty, and support for gun control and the environment.). O’Reilly is a registered “Independent” and characterizes himself as a “traditionalist”. O’Reilly is the author of ten books, and hosted The Radio Factor until early 2009.

Patrick ‘Paddy’ Reilly (b. October 18, 1939 in Dublin) is an Irish folk singer and guitarist. He is one of Ireland’s most famous balladeers and is best known for his renditions of “The Fields of Athenry” and “The Town I Loved So Well”. For years a solo performer, he joined The Dubliners in 1996 as a replacement for long-time member Ronnie Drew. He left the group after 9 years to move to New York (where he owns a number of pubs) in 2005 and was replaced by Patsy Watchorn.

Sir Anthony Joseph Francis O’Reilly, Kt. (born 7 May 1936, Dublin, Ireland), is an Irish businessman and former international rugby union player. He is known for his involvement the Independent News & Media Group, which he led from 1973 to 2009, and as former CEO and Chairman of the H.J. Heinz Company. He was the leading shareholder of Waterford Wedgwood. Perhaps Ireland’s first billionaire, he remains one of Ireland’s richest citizens. He is popularly known within Ireland as Tony O’Reilly.

As a rugby player he represented Ireland, the British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians. With six children and 19 grandchildren, and married to a Greek shipping heiress and horse breeder, he lives primarily in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, and Kilcullen in Ireland, with frequent stays at Glandore.

Alejandro O'ReillyAlejandro O’Reilly (1722, Dublin, Ireland – March 23, 1794, Bonete, Spain [1]) (English: Alexander O’Reilly), was a military reformer and Inspector-General of Infantry for the Spanish Empire in the second half of the 18th century. O’Reilly served as the second Spanish governor of colonial Louisiana, being the first Spanish official to actually exercise power in the Louisiana territory after France ceded it to Spain. For his much appreciated services to the Crown of Spain, he was ennobled as a conde (count), and granted a coat of arms.

Peter O’Reilly (27 March 1827 – 3 September 1905) was a prominent settler and official in the Colony of British Columbia, now a province of Canada who held a variety of positions, most notably as the head of a commission struck to revise and allocate Indian Reserves throughout the province.

O’Reilly was criticized in his time and by latter-day academics for largely shirking his duties and avoiding meetings with First Nations leaders, but the basis of the Indian Reserve system as it remains in British Columbia today is the outcome of his assignment, known informally as the O’Reilly Commission. O’Reilly was also the second Gold Commissioner of the Rock Creek Mining District, replacing W.G. Cox at the time of the Governor’s visit during the Rock Creek War.

O’Reilly’s residence in Victoria, Point Ellice House, is preserved today as a historical museum and gardens. It was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1966.[1] It is located right next to the site of the Point Ellice Bridge Disaster on the Gorge waterway.