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October 18, 1818

“May the turf rest light and green above you Ireland’s sweetest songstress” 

Irish Standard, Minneapolis (1861)

Catherine Hayes Ireland’s first international opera star was born.

Catherine Hayes, married name Catherine Bushnell, was a world-famous Irish soprano of the Victorian era. According to London’s Daily Express, “Hayes was the ‘Madonna’ of her day; she was the 19th-century operatic equivalent of the world’s most famous pop star.”

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