Count John McCormack

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Count John McCormack lived in Moore Abbey House in Monasterevin from 1925 to 1939. He was a world famous singer. He had a lovely deep tenor voice.  He was famous in London and New York.  In 1932, he sang "Panis Angelicus" at the Dublin Eucharistic Congress with a choir of 500 behind him. It was broadcast all over Ireland and England on the radio.

He became an early pioneer in radio broadcasting and he was very comfortable in the medium. He broadcast on both sides of the Atlantic up until 1942. On radio he appeared on his own programmes as well as a guest on programmes starring Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. It brought his voice to millions; not just hundreds or thousands as in the past with recitals and records.

Despite his international celebrity John never forgot Ireland and bought a home and estate in Monasterevin, Co Kildare.

His Grand Piano is still to be seen in Moore Abbey House.