From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Coffey, Charles, a dramatic author, born the end of the 17th century, wrote nine successful pieces. He died 13th May 1745, and was buried at St. Clement Dames, in the Strand, London. But one of his works has kept its hold on the stage — The Devil to Pay, or the Wives Metamorphosed. A writer in the University Magazine says: "He had no great share of original genius, but possessed considerable humour, and an aptitude of applying other peoples' ideas, in which he was more successful than scrupulous."
116. Dublin University Magazine (45). Dublin, 1833-'77.