|Water Street, Liverpool, England, circa mid-1850's|
A report of the evening's celebration in a local newspaper makes reference to Keogh and Keily's contribution to the occasion: Father Nugent...saw also on the platform two men who fought nobly in the Pope's Brigade...The gallant defenders of the Pope, at the request of Father Nugent, advanced to the front of the platform, and were enthusiastically cheered. One of them, Lieutenant Myles William Keogh addressed the meeting, and stated that he had only a few hours since arrived in Liverpool from Rome, and hearing that the festival was being celebrated, he hastened to be present (applause). Ten days before he had the pleasure of having an audience with the Pope...Mr. Keogh referred to the festival they were celebrating, and said that "so long as they cherished the glorious reminiscences which belonged to their country, Ireland would never perish. It might be longer or shorter, but sooner or later Ireland would have her own."
On the 19th of March, the 'Kangaroo' stood ready to sail and was boarded by Keogh and Keily. Joseph O'Keeffe would sail the following week aboard the SS 'Etna'.
The following day, the two Irishmen got as close to Ireland than they had been in two years - the SS 'Kangaroo' docked in Queenstown, County Cork (now called Cobh) to pick up passengers. A ship called Titanic would similarly dock at Queenstown to collect passengers approximately 50 years later.
The local paper reported the SS Kangaroo's arrival along with a 'charming' description of the women who boarded;
Source - The Cork Examiner, 20 March 1862 -
ARRIVAL OF THE KANGAROO.
THE steam-ship Kangaroo, outward bound, arrived in the harbour this morning. She took on board 132 passengers, principally females of the humble class in life.
The journey across the Atlantic would take almost two weeks and the vessel docked in New York at 5 p.m. on April 1st, 1862. Keogh and Keily were only among 11 passengers who occupied the first class cabins.