World-famous Irish tenor Count John McCormack is being remembered in a special way as a €10 coin has been issued in his honour.

The Central Bank issued the special coin commemorating the singer at the Teachers' Club at Parnell Square in Dublin tonight.

The silver proof coin is limited to 8,000 pieces.

It costs €44 and can be purchased from the Central Bank's Dame Street office from tomorrow.

McCormack was born in Athlone in 1884.

Much decorated during his musical career, he trained in Italy before going on to have a very successful performing and recording career.

He was a contemporary of James Joyce when Joyce was contemplating a career in opera singing.

He received the title of Papal Count from Pope Pius XI in recognition of his work for Catholic charities. He had earlier received three papal knighthoods.

McCormack died in September 1945.