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D. J. ODonoghue, Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co. 1912), notes as curious Reillys erroneous statement that he died at 25 in Poetry and Song of Ireland; RAF, b. Tralee, Co. Kerry; contrib. Cork Southern Report (cf. Echoes from Parnassus) and The Nation (cf. Spirit of the Nation). 1849-1855, USA, where he ran The Irish Advocate; publ. Ballads and Songs (NY 1851).
Chris Morash, The Hungry Voice (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan 1989), calls him the mainstay of Cork Magazine;wrote for The Nation as WPM and Heremon; emig. NY in 1848, returned Ireland in 1850; list of patrons of his Ballads and Songs of W.P.M. includes Emerson, Irving, and Longfellow; A Lament in Cork Magazine Vol. 2 No. 14 (Dec. 1848). In subsequent printings the comparison of Ireland with Sodom and Gomorrah was dropped. (Morash, p.274).
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (1984), cites him as William Mulchinoeck [sic], author of A Patriots Haunts, in which he foresees Erins armies advancing With banners flaunting, fair, and free, / Fit for a new Thermopylae / And in the dark and narrow pass / I pace a new Leonidas. [Stanford, p.217].
Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 2, selects ballads and Songs, The Rose of Tralee ; 112, BIOG, b. Tralee, c.1820, of prosperous merchant family; fell in love with catholic governess of his sisters family, Mary OConnor; tricked into running away for fear of arrest; war correspondent on Northwest frontier in 1843 during Afghanistan War; learned of Marys death on his return in 1849; m. Alicia Keogh, went to America, ed. The Irish Advocate; met American writers inc. Longfellow, to who me dedicated his poems in 1851; his wife became involved in anti-slavery movt.; returned to Ireland after period of estrangement, in 1855; d. in Tralee, after years of drinking, and grieving for Mary OConnor; Ballads and Songs of William Pembroke Mulchinock (NY: TW Strong 1851).
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