Johnny Patterson

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John (Johnny) Francis Patterson (1840–1889), Irish singer, song writer and circus entertainer was born in Kilbarron, Feakle, County Clare.  Both his parents had died by the time he was three years old and so he was raised by an uncle in Ennis.  He learned to play various instruments, especially piccolo and drums.  He got a part-time job in a travelling circus band and became known as "The Irish Singing Clown."  In 1876, he moved to Americs, becoming one of the highest pad entertainers of the time.  He returned to Ireland a wealthy man.  In 1889, a fight erupted during on of his shows in Tralee.  He was hit on the head with an iron bar and died of his injuries on 31 May.

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