Thomas Moore (1779 ? 1852) was an Irish poet, singer,
songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for
the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of
Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for
burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his
lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon
From and old Irish air (originally titled "Castle
Hyde"), became "The Groves of Blarney" around 1790 by
R. A. Millikin, and was included by Thomas Moore, to
his own new words, in his Irish Melodies in 1813.
Beethoven set the air and even Mendelssohn wrote a
pioan fantasia on it (Op.15, 1827), and it is sung by a
soprano in Act 2 of Flotow's Martha.