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He was perhaps the finest operatic composer of Victorian Britain (that should restore some national pride for the Emerald Isle today). A child prodigy, he composed his first work (for performance) at age 7. By the 1840s his reputation was established all across Europe. Ultimately he wrote 38 operas and almost 250 other songs.
Sadly for Irish national pride, he (like so many other successful sons of Erie) retired wealthy to England. No word as to whether he preferred Jameson's or Bushmill's, but the music is superb.