Andrew Cherry was an Irish dramatist, songwriter, actor and theatre manager.
The son of a bookseller at Limerick, Ireland, Cherry was a successful actor, and managed theatres in the provinces. He also wrote some plays, of which The Soldier's Daughter is the best. His chief claim to remembrance rests on his three songs, "The Bay of Biscay", "The Dear Little Shamrock", and "Tom Moody".
At the end of his life he was said to be mananaging a Welsh theatrical company when he died at Monmouth.
There's a dear little plant that grows in our isle,
'Twas St. Patrick himself sure that set it;
And the sun on his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It thrives through the bog, through the brake, and the mireland;
And he called it the dear little shamrock of Ireland--
The sweet little shamrock, the dear little shamrock,
The sweet little, green little, shamrock of Ireland!