Anthony Daly (Whiteboy)

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Anthony Daly (died 1820) was a native of Rahruddy, a townland west of Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland, and a member of the local Whiteboy movement. Daly was hanged on the Hill of Seefin in 1820 for allegedly shooting James Hardiman Burke of St Clerans, Craughwell, County Galway, even though it was widely claimed that he was innocent.[1]

Samuel Barber composed a significant choral work, "Anthony O Daly", lamenting his death, based on a poem of retribution by Antoine Ó Raifteiri translated by James Stephens in his collection, Reincarnations.

Numerous literary references have been made to Daly, including in John Steinbeck's short nonfiction work The Ghost of Anthony Daly.

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  1. ^ O'Regan, Finbarr (10 February 2022). "The Hanging of Anthony Daly".