John Boyle O'Reilly
One of Ireland's most famous writers, poets and novelists, John Boyle O'Reilly was born at Netterville circa 10th June 1844. As a youth in Ireland he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, for which crime he was transported to Western Australia. After escaping to the United States, he became a prominent spokesperson for Irish sentiment and culture, through his editorship of The Pilot, his prolific writing and his lecture tours. He has been quoted many times by prominent dignitaries and politicians including President J.F. Kennedy. There are a number of areas throughout Netterville Manor grounds dedicated to his memory and his works.