1941- 2000. Well regarded classical singer, who was born in Clonmel, Co Tipperar. His musical career began as a boy-soprano before winning scholarships to study in London, Paris and in the Netherlands. He recorded 36 albums in six language, won silver, gold and platinum discs and was the first Irish person to host their own show in Radio City Hall in New York - a testament of his huge international popularity. He was invited to sing in the White House by both presidents Reagan and Clinton and sang with the best European and American orchestras. As one of Ireland's most famous musical exports, Mr Patterson lived with his family in New York for 12 years but his most cherished performance was at the papal mass of Pope John Paul II in Dublin's Phoenix Park in 1979 before a congregation of more that one million people.