From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Daly, Richard, theatrical manager, was born in the County of Galway, in the middle of the 18th century, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He became a noted duellist, for a time averaging eight contests annually. He was of a handsome and engaging person. In 1781 he opened Smock-alley Theatre in Dublin (upon the spot where the church of SS. Michael and John now stands), and there Kemble, Mrs. Siddons, and other eminent actors appeared under his management. In 1786 he was appointed Master of the Revels. In partnership with Higgins, the "Sham Squire," he spent a large sum in rebuilding and decorating Crow-street Theatre. He eventually disposed of his theatrical patent rights for an annuity of £1,332. Mr. Daly died in 1813.
110. Dublin, History of the City: John T. Gilbert. 3 vols. Dublin, 1854-'9.
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