John Casey

In Eumaeus Bloom mistakenly attributes the poem Caoch O'Leary to "poor John Casey." He has confused the author, John Keegan, with John Keegan Casey, the "Poet of the Fenians" who wrote The Rising of the Moon, the well-known song about the Rebellion of 1798. Both men died young, but Casey especially deserves to be called "poor": incarceration after the Fenian Rising in 1867 destroyed his health, and he died at age 23.

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1867 prison photograph of John Casey. Source: thewildgeese.irish.

A later photograph of John Casey, date unknown. Source: www.irishcentral.com.