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24-03-2018, 22:07   #16
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Those bands that play in Finland.
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I posted this story from the BBC somewhere on After Hours when I read it last year. Still a fascinating woman, whom I have never heard of outside this article (although I heard of Shostakovitch's The Gadfly years ago):

The Irish novel that secuded the USSR

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One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer Ethel Voynich, was a sensation on the other side of the Iron Curtain – it sold over 5 million copies in 107 editions in the 22 languages spoken in the Soviet Union. The book inspired seven musical adaptations, including an opera by Prokofiev, five theatre adaptations, including an ‘official’ version by George Bernard Shaw, and five film adaptations, one of which featured a famous score by Shostakovich.
Also, Peter Lacy (1678-1751) from Limerick was a beyond exceptional Russian general in the 18th-century (and his son became a famous Austrian field marshal). With the craven anglocentricity of so many backward Irish-born people we never hear of such people and their contribution to the world.

Peter Lacy, ‘the Prince Eugene of Muscovy'
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Primordial. They're pretty big elsewhere, but are largely unknown here.

I was going to say God is an Astronaut, exact same reason
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Stano aka John Stanley. The Irish Eno. Cult-ish figure in places like Germany, barely known here.

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Bray's own Fergal Devitt is a huge star in the USA,UK and Japan. He's better known as WWE wrestler Finn Balor and formerly as Prince Devitt. A good looking, talented, popular and humble chap and in great nick too.



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Ed Byrne (comedian) seems to be more famous in the UK than here.
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Boy George

I think he's a horrible person and I can never understand what the Brits see in him.
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Mike Craughwell, he makes Swords, Giant Big Ones, YouTube Star, has his own TV Show on Discovery.
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Graham Norton.
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Boy George

I think he's a horrible person and I can never understand what the Brits see in him.
He was born in London. Same MacGowan Greater London (Kent).
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Boy George

I think he's a horrible person and I can never understand what the Brits see in him.
Irish parents but he was born and raised in London.
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Graham Norton.
I'd say it's 50/50 or close. Probably slightly more famous in Britain but it's not like he's a complete unknown here.
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He also did a Wogan and completely turned into a Briton after he went there. He's about as Irish as Ronaldo now.
He was born and raised here. Both his parents are Irish. He spends most of his free time here, has a home in West Cork and is well known to partake in local events, etc. He holds an Irish passport.

What gives you the right to denounce his Irishness?
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