Samuel Lover

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Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 – July 6, 1868) songwriter, novelist, and miniature portrait painter was born at number 60 Grafton Street, Dublin.  By 1830 he was secretary of the Royal Hibernian Academy and lived at number 9 D'Olier Street.  He eventually moved to London and made his main residence there.  He produced a number of Irish songs, several of which attained great popularity in their day.  He also wrote novels, of which Rory O'Moore and Handy Andy are the best known.

Lover died on July 6, 1868 and is commemorated with a memorial in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.