FIVE GREAT LONDON-IRISH
The bitter, klaxon-voiced punk singer – and butter salesman – was raised in Holloway as the son of a Corkonian mother. Travels under an Irish passport.
Now from where might Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien’s family have originally sprung? Kerry, as it happens. London’s greatest soul singer was brought up in West Hampstead (sometimes called East Kilburn).
A national treasure to two nations, the incomparable actor and comic (right) came into the world in Islington. Her dad, Paddy, came from Galway.
Finally, a London-Irish icon from the capital. Born in Cabra, the eccentric actor grew up in the north