John Blake Dillon

Life
1816-1866; b. Ballaghadereen, Co. Mayo; ed. Maynooth and TCD; Bar 1841 {ODNB; var. 1842]; learned journalism under Michael Staunton on The Morning Register along with Charles Gavan Duffy; joined young Ireland and co-fnd. Irish Confederation; co-fnd., with Davis and Duffy, The Nation, 1842; escaped to France, and settled in America, NY Bar, practising with Richard O’Gorman; advocated federal republic of Britain and Ireland; returned Ireland on amnesty, 1855; MP Roscommon [DIH; var. Tipperary, Foster]; Dublin Corporation; 1st Sec. of Nation. Assoc., 1865; denounced Fenianism; d. of cholera in Killarney, 15 Sept.; bur. Glasnevin; father of above. ODNB DIB DIW DIH RAF FDA

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Criticism
Brendan O’Cathaoir, John Blake Dillon, Young Irelander (IAP 1990), 211pp. See also Irish Booklover, vol. 2.

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References
Roy Foster, Modern Ireland (Lane 1988): Repeal Assoc., 1840; Bar, 1841; co-fnd. The Nation, 1842; active at Killenaule, Co. Tipperary in unsuccessful 1848 Rising, escaped to France; settled in America, NY Bar; returned Ireland on amnesty, 1855; MP Co. Tipperary and 1st Sec. of Nation. Assoc., 1865; denounced Fenianism; d. of cholera in Killarney, 15 Sept.; bur. Glasnevin; father of above. (p.311.)

D. J. Doherty & J. E. Hickey, A Chronology of Irish History Since 1500 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1989), quotes Mitchel to the effect that J. B. Dillon was all wrong on almost every question but better than most who were all right.

Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, pp.1176, 1299; also The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, gen. ed. Seamus Deane (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 2. pp.201, 973.

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Notes
Charles Gavan Duffy remarks on the difference between romantic Davis and realist Dillon (see under Duffy, infra.)

F. S. Lyons, John Dillon (1968), gives account: ed. TCD and Maynooth; supportive marriage; short term in Westminister after exile.

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