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LINKS SHOWING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN IRELAND AND/OR INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS WITH THE IRISH

10 surprising facts about Ireland

Saudi Arabia to set up first Irish Muslim high school in Dublin

The incognito Irish: Surprising stars with Irish roots

U.S. ambassador visits Obama's ancestral home in Ireland

Irish connections run very deep to Haiti

World's longest celebration of St. Patrick’s Day - Montserrat in the Caribbean!

Hearing Africa in Dublin: Discovering Ireland’s underground music scene

‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali [3rd gen. Irish American] to receive major Irish award - SEE VIDEO

President Obama to honor Daniel O’Connell in Ireland; O'Connell’s anti-slavery embrace of Fredrick Douglass remembered

PHIL LYNOTT

One of my all-time favorite musicians is a bi-racial Irish rock star named Phil Lynott. I loved his band, Thin Lizzy, when I was growing up, but had no idea he was Irish or bi-racial. His mom was an Irish woman, and his dad was Afro-Caribbean. If you are familiar with the songs "The Boys are Back in Town" or "Jail Break", then you know Phil Lynott's music!

Thin Lizzy video - "The Boys are Back in Town" live in concert

Thin Lizzy video - "Jailbreak" live at the Sydney Opera House 1978

Thin Lizzy video - "Holy War" live in concert in 1983

In the 1970's, Thin Lizzy recorded a really cool rock version of the traditional Irish song, "Whiskey in the Jar". It later was used on the soundtrack of the Irish movie In the Name of the Father starring Daniel Day Lewis; if you are familiar with the movie, the song is playing in the background in the scene where DDL's character is working out in his jail cell after his father has died. In the 1990's, Metallica copied the Thin Lizzy arrangement & guitar solos when covering that same tune. In my opinion, the Thin Lizzy version is a million times better!

Thin Lizzy - "Whiskey in the Jar" studio track + lyrics

In Ireland, Phil Lynott was called Roisin Dubh, which means "black rose" and is also sometimes used as a nickname for Ireland itself. Thin Lizzy also had a cool song called "Black Rose" that incorporated snatches of "Danny Boy" and "Shenandoah" (about Virginia!). His grave in Dublin (out in Howth) says Roisin Dubh on it. He died tragically young and much-beloved in Ireland and around the world. In recent years, a cool statue of him with a guitar was put up on a side street off of the Dublin pedestrian thoroughfare called Grafton Street. (No citation on any of this information is included as it all came from my own brain!)

(Photo cred to me, LFB - taken July 2008)
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Beautiful acoustic song about Dublin sung by Phil Lynott - a fan added a slide show of Dublin sites relating to Phil Lynott, including some of his grave out in Howth.

Thin Lizzy - "Dublin"