Famous People

George MooreGeorge Augustus Moore (24 February 1852 – 21 January 1933) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, County Mayo. He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day.

As a naturalistic writer, he was amongst the first English-language authors to absorb the lessons of the French realists, and was particularly influenced by the works of Émile Zola. His writings influenced James Joyce, according to the literary critic and biographer Richard Ellmann, and, although Moore’s work is sometimes seen as outside the mainstream of both Irish and British literature, he is as often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist.

Tom MooreThomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 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 Moore.

In 1811 Moore wrote M.P., a comic opera, in collaboration with Samuel James Arnold. Although it received positive reviews Moore didn’t enjoy writing for the stage and decided not to work in the medium again despite being occasionally tempted.[17] Throughout the 1810s Moore wrote a number of political satires. After originally being a devoted supporter of the Prince of Wales, he turned against him after 1811 when he became Prince Regent and was seen to embrace the Tory government in spite of his past association with the Whigs. Another major target was the Foreign Secretary Lord Castlereagh who was repeatedly lampooned in Moore’s works such as Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress which parodied the Aix-la-Chapelle diplomatic conference between Britain and her Allies portraying it as a boxing match.[18] In 1818 Moore wrote The Fudge Family in Paris, a story in which a British family travels to experience the sights of Paris; a sequel, The Fudge Family in England, followed in 1835.

Around this time Moore also began working on a biography of the playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan, whom he met numerous times, but partly due to legal reasons it was not published until 1825

John Moore (1763 – 6 December 1799) was an Irish statesman and rebel leader.

From Ashbrook, near Straide, Co. Mayo, John Moore was the son of a prosperous merchant, George Moore. He was educated at the Catholic school of Douai, and at the University of Paris under the assumed name of “Bellew”. On his return to Ireland he studied for the bar but seems to have shown little interest in his studies.

At the time of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 a force of 1,000 French soldiers under General Humbert landed at Killala. Moore joined the French as did a considerable number of his tenants. After the Battle of Castlebar which took place on 27 August 1798, General Humbert, on 31 August 1798, a decree, which inter alia appointed John Moore as the President of the Government of the Province of Connaught was produced.

In September 1798, just weeks after its proclamation, the Republic was lost with defeat at the Battle of Ballinamuck. President Moore was captured by the British in Castlebar under Lieut.-Col. Crawford. From a letter dated 10 December 1798 from Lord Cornwallis to the Duke of Portland, it appears that President Moore was:

“taken a prisoner by His Majesty’s forces at Castlebar where he was found with a commission in his possession from the commander of the French invading army, under which commission he had acted and exercised authority under the enemy, being at war with our Sovereign Lord the King …[and] he had continued to so act until he was made a prisoner.”

Moore’s trial was delayed for some time as the British authorities took the view that owing to the general strife in County Mayo and the presence of rebels, there was a significant chance Moore could be rescued by rebels if they tried to bring him to Dublin to stand trial.[4] Owing to the delay in his trial, an attempt was made to force Moore’s release under the writ of habeas corpus. However, this was unsuccessful. Moore was subsequently sentenced to transportation. According to contemporary accounts, the “lenity” of Lord Cornwallis to Moore “and other rebels, gave considerable offence to the violent loyalists”. While being taken to Duncannon Fort in Wexford, en-route to New Geneva, he died in the Royal Oak tavern in Broad Street, Waterford.

After he died, Moore was buried in the cemetery of Ballygunner Temple in Waterford. The location of his grave was forgotten until it was rediscovered by chance in 1960. On 12 August 1961 his remains were exhumed and conveyed under Army Guard to Castlebar. On 13 August 1961, after funeral mass in Castlebar, Moore’s remains were reinterred at The Mall in Castlebar at a state military funeral attended by President Éamon de Valera, the Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, several TDs, the ambassadors of Spain and France, and some of John Moore’s living descendants.

George Henry Moore (1 March 1810 – 19 April 1870) was an Irish politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mayo in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He was one of the founders of the Catholic Defence Association and a leader of the Independent Irish Party. He was also father of the writer George A. Moore and the soldier Maurice George Moore. Their ancestral home, Moore Hall was burned down in 1923 by anti-Treaty irregular forces during the Irish Civil War.

George Fletcher Moore (10 December 1798 – 30 December 1886) was a prominent early settler in colonial Western Australia, and “one [of] the key figures in early Western Australia’s ruling elite” (Cameron, 2000). He conducted a number of exploring expeditions; was responsible for one of the earliest published records of the language of the Australian Aborigines of the Perth area; and was the author of Diary of Ten Years Eventful Life of an Early Settler in Western Australia.

Michael Kenneth Moore, ONZ (known as Mike Moore, born 28 January 1949) is a politician from New Zealand who has served both as Prime Minister of New Zealand and Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American filmmaker, author, social critic and activist. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, which is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. His films Bowling for Columbine and Sicko also place in the top ten highest-grossing documentaries. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, which documented his personal quest to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth.

Moore criticizes globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the Iraq War, the American health care system, and capitalism in his written and cinematic works.

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a blues singer and guitarist.

In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, George Harrison and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including a cameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on “She’s My Baby” from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

Field Marshal Charles Moore, 1st Marquess of Drogheda KP, PC (Ire) (29 June 1730 – 22 December 1822) was a British peer and military officer, styled Viscount Moore from 1752 until 28 October 1758, when he succeeded as 6th Earl of Drogheda following the death of his father Edward Moore at sea while travelling from England to Dublin. His mother Sarah was a daughter of Brabazon Ponsonby, 1st Earl of Bessborough.

Charles Moore, 2nd Marquess of Drogheda (23 August 1770 – 6 February 1837), styled Viscount Moore until 1822, was an Irish peer. He went insane when he was about twenty, and spent much of his life at the private asylum at Greatford, Lincolnshire founded by the renowned physician Francis Willis.

He was the eldest son of Charles Moore, 1st Marquess of Drogheda, and Lady Anne Seymour Conway, daughter of Francis Seymour, 1st Marquess of Hertford. Some sources give his first name as Edward. About the age of twenty he began to show signs of mental illness. He was elected to the Irish House of Commons as member for Queen’s County in 1790, but unseated the following year on a petition that he was disqualified by insanity.

He was placed in the care of Dr Francis Willis at Greatford Hall; Willis had recently won renown for curing King George III of what was thought to be madness but is now thought to be porphyria. His treatment involved a regimen of fresh air and manual labour. Whether he had any success in Lord Drogheda’s case is unclear, but at any rate Drogheda remained at Greatford until his death in 1837. He was unmarried and his titles passed to his nephew Henry Moore, 3rd Marquess of Drogheda.

The cause of his mental illness is unclear, but it may be significant that his mother’s family had a history of eccentricity and mental instability. Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, who committed suicide in 1822 was Drogheda’s first cousin and the increasingly strange behaviour which culminated in his death was thought by some to be due to a hereditary mental illness inherited from the Seymour Conway family.

The Moore Brothers were three Irish born brothers who became famous in the motion picture business in early Hollywood:

Thomas J. “Tom” Moore (May 1, 1883 – February 12, 1955) appeared in at least 186 motion pictures from 1908 to 1954. Frequently cast as the romantic lead, he starred in silent movies as well as in some of the first talkies. Tom Moore appeared in his first silent motion picture in 1908. He also directed 17 motion pictures in 1914 and 1915, including The Secret Room (1915).

Owen Moore (12 December 1886 – 9 June 1939) appeared in more than 279 movies spanning from 1908 to 1937. Appearing in a number of successful films for Lewis J. Selznick (father of producer David O. Selznick and agent Myron Selznick), in the late teens and early 1920s, Moore was a popular star at Selznick Pictures along with Olive Thomas, Elaine Hammerstein, Eugene O’Brien and Conway Tearle. He also appeared in films for his own production company as well as Goldwyn and Triangle. He gave an outstanding performance as escaped convict Chick Clark in the classic Mae West vehicle, She Done Him Wrong (1933). His last film was David O. Selznick’s classic A Star Is Born (1937) in which he played a film director. He has Star #6743 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6727 Hollywood Blvd.

Matthew Moore (January 8, 1888 – January 21, 1960) appeared in at least 221 motion pictures from 1912 to 1958.

Moore made his debut in the role as the minister in the silent short Tangled Relations (1912) starring Florence Lawrence and Owen Moore.

Moore played the role as Hector MacDonald in the MGM crime/drama The Unholy Three (1925) co-starring Lon Chaney and Mae Busch, which was a huge hit that year. He played the role as Stanley “Stan” Wentworth in Coquette (1929) opposite Mary Pickford and Johnny Mack Brown. Coquette was the first talkie of Pickford, ex-wife of his brother Owen.

Matt Moore died at age 72 in Hollywood. He has a star for his work in motions pictures on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard. He was very fond of his two cats, having them appear in several of his movies, and both have a star in the animal section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.