Percy French (1854 - 1920):
Songwriter and artist
Percy French was born in Clooneyquin, County Roscommon, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied civil engineering. In 1881 he became Inspector of Drains for County Cavan. Later he toured the country playing a banjo and singing his own songs. He was an artist and painted watercolours. Among his popular songs are `Are you Right There, Michael'; `The Mountains of Mourne'; `Phil the Fluther's Ball' and `Slattery's Mounted Fut'. He died in Formby, Lancashire.