Daniel McAleese (1833 - 1900):
Daniel MacAleese was born in Randalstown, County Antrim. He was self-taught and a shoemaker by trade. In his youth he wrote much poetry. He served on the staff of several Belfast newspapers and edited the Ulster Examiner. He was fined and imprisoned for four months in 1872 for contempt of court. He was founder of The Vindicator and The Citizen in Belfast, and of the People's Advocate in Monaghan. He served as member of parliament for North Monaghan from 1895 until his death.