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Posted by OLD STOCK on August 27, 2004 at 21:24:45:
In Reply to: Re: "The Man from Snowy River" posted by Mrsk on August 26, 2004 at 16:42:19:
The contributions on John Riley, 'The Man from Snowy River,' are interesting. Many years ago there was a 'Topical Talk' given on Radio Eireann each day (around 1 p.m.) about famous Irish personalities and John Riley was featured on one programme. I think the contributor was George Burrowes. Maybe RTE have the programme in their archives. George Burrowes said John Riley came from Castlebar. I would imagine John Riley's name was originally spelt Reilly. Many emigrants changed the spelling of their names so that they could more easily be understood. There are several Reilly and O'Reilly families living in the vicinity of Castlebar. There has always been a number of Reilly families in Glenisland. Perhaps 'The Man from Snowy River' came from Glenisland. I think he earned the title 'The Man from Snowy River' because he crossed the Snowy River with a team of horses. It's an interesting debate and perhaps we can shed some light on the background of John Riley as the story unfolds.'