Ireland is a very gifted nation musically, but all may not be quite as it seems when it comes to a certain three of its music stars.
The Boys are Back in Town
Phil Lynott, the late lead singer and bassist of rock outfit “Thin Lizzy” did not emanate from the “Emerald Isle”. He was actually born in August 1949 at
(now known as Sandwell General Hospital) in West Bromwich, , to an
Irish mother and Guyanan father. England
Christened at St Edward’s church in Selly Oak,
he spent some of his early life in and around the city, and subsequently in when his
mother moved there. Manchester
At the age of 4 he went to live with his Irish grandmother in
while his mother remained in the . Although remaining in contact
with his mother, he stayed in UK
throughout what was said to be a happy childhood. Ireland
With his later years taken up with a dependency on drugs and alcohol, Lynott died at the age of 36, of pneumonia and heart failure, due to septicaemia, in January 1986.
In 2005 a life sized bronze statue of the singer was unveiled close to
Grafton Street in . Since that time
it has once been knocked off its pedestal by vandals in 2013 and more recently run
into by a van snapping its base. Thankfully it has now been fully restored and
it can be considered that “The Boy is
Back in Town!” Dublin (see image above)
All Kinds of Everything
In 1970 a fresh faced, pretty Irish girl became an overnight sensation winning the Eurovision Song Contest in
with “All Kinds of Everything”. Amsterdam
At the tender age of 18 Dana, born Rosemary Brown, became the first of
record seven victories in the contest. But Irish Dana was actually born and
grew up in the Ireland
suburb of Islington. London
At the age of five, Dana’s parents decided to return to live in their native Derry in
Northern Ireland was
still a smog ridden city and because of the harmful effects it was having on
some of her siblings, the family were convinced they would be better off, for
health reasons, returning back over the sea. London
In more recent times Dana Rosemary Scallon (as she is now referred to) served as a member of the European Parliament and has twice unsuccessfully run for the Irish Presidency.
Often controversial with modernist views, it was revealed during her 2nd attempt at the Presidency that she was now a dual US and Irish citizen. She denied hiding this fact from the public, but it did not help her in the vote winning quest where she came 6th to Michael D Higgins.
Dana has four children and lives with her husband in
. County Galway, Ireland
The Irish Rover
Shane MacGowan, best known as lead singer and songwriter of the Celtic punk band “The Pogues”, was born on Christmas Day in 1957 at
Irish parents. England
“The Irish Rover” spent his early life in
Tipperary, but returned to the UK at the age of 6, living in many parts of the
south-east of England during
his youth including London and Brighton.
As a boy he won a literature scholarship into London's
but was expelled in his second year at the historic seat of learning when
caught in possession of drugs. Westminster School
Pertinent to his “rock’n’roll” lifestyle, MacGowan has suffered from binge drinking for many years, becoming notorious for performing when under the influence of alcohol. In the summer of 2015 he fractured his pelvis when leaving a
from which he still continues to experience mobility issues. He lives in Dublin with his long-term
All three artists are/were fiercely proud of their Irish nationality and in turn are proudly celebrated by their nation.
But even though their heritage and background is obviously Irish, surely we British can also claim a part of them as our own?