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Thomas Moore was the son of a shoemaker born in Dublin May 28 1779 He was a poet satirist composer and musician of note His ten volume work IrishMelodies 1807-34 consisted of 130 poems set to music composed by Moore and Sir John Stevenson Much of the music was based on older Irish airs Irish Melodies was so popular that Moore earned 500 pounds annually for more than 25 years for its publication Although noted for his music his poetry was as celebrated He was paid 3000 pound - a record at that time - for his poem Lalla Rookh 1817 His reputation equaled that of Byron and Shelley In 1795 Moore a Catholic was able to enter Trinity College due to a suspension of one of the rules of the Penal Code At Trinity he met members of the United Irish Society Already with an ardor for the national cause because of his religious background his contacts at Trinity would enflame his devotion to the Irish cause One of his best friends at Trinity was Robert Emmet a member of the United Irishmen who participated in the United Irishmen Uprising of 1798 and led another aborted uprising in 1803 Emmet was captured tried and hung Emmet and Moore were both members of the Hist the Historical Society at Trinity the Hist was a debating society In Historical Society debates Wolfe Tone developed the ideas that led to the leadership of the United Irishmen and Emmet spoke of the ideas that caused him to be expelled from Trinity When College authorities began an investigation to discover which students were in the United Irishmen Moore refused to inform on his friends despite the risk of expulsion It was also at Trinty College that Moore was introduced to Edward Buntings collection of traditional Irish music Buntings General Collection of Ancient Irish Music 1796 was the beginning of a revival of Irish music Most of Moores first
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