John McCormack (1884-1945) was born in Athlone in 1884. He was education by the Marist brothers and later in the Diocesan college in Sligo before moving to Dublin to sing in the Palestrina choir in the Pro-cathedral. He won a gold medal in the competition for solo tenor in the Feis Ceoil of 1903. Between 1906 and 1914 he sang at various times in Milan and Naples and at the Royal Opera House in London. He made his New York debut in 1910 and in 1914 moved to New York. He had huge following in America but was less successful in Britain because of his Irish nationalism. McCormack was also a devout Catholic and was awarded the title of papal count for his support of Catholic charities. He also sang at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932. He died in Dublin in 1945.