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The Kind of Audacity We Need to Cultivate Today in Ireland

If We Are To Transform Our Society

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, it is a great personal pleasure that I accept this John Boyle O'Reilly Literary Award and I would like to sincerely thank the committee here this evening for hosting this occasion.

I would like to compliment the committee on their efforts to encourage awareness and appreciation of the significant contribution of this great Irish intellectual, poet, author, orator and humanitarian from Dowth, Co Meath.

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of visiting the city of Boston, the adopted home of John Boyle O'Reilly; and I was pleased to note that there is an immense appreciation for this great man's work and his outstanding legacy and contribution to the civil rights movement in the United States.

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