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AND HERE'S SOME OTHER FAMOUS IMPORTS.. Shock, horror, Guinness is not Irish.. it's WELSH.

GUINNESS is not the only "Irish" item to have question marks raised over its origin and plenty of things we claim for ourselves belong to other countries. These include:

St Patrick - not actually born in Ireland but in a settlement somewhere along the west coast of Great Britain or the north coast of France. His birthplace has never been properly identified, but is believed to have been one of the following: Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, Cumbria, West Glamorgan, Banwell in Somerset, Norton in Northamptonshire or Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Half of U2 - bassist Adam Clayton was born in Chinnor, Oxfordshire in England and guitarist The Edge was born in East London. He has retained his British citizenship and does not have an Irish passport or dual nationality.

Danny Boy - set to the tune of Londonderry Air, it was written in 1910 by English lawyer Frederick Weatherly. The song is widely considered to be an Irish anthem.

The Pogues - this "Irish" band were actually formed in London in 1982. Front-man Shane MacGowan was born in Kent, England, to Irish parents.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 9, 2006
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