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Photo[edit]

How about a photo? —Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]] ([[User talk:{{{1}}}|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/{{{1}}}|contribs]])

Personal Life[edit]

What happened between him and Victoria, anyway? --JerryLewisOverdrive 23:15, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

He still hangs out with Victoria, including the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere, starrring his mate Johnny Depp, in Leicester Square. - added 19/07/06

Seems odd that he was born when his parents were visiting relatives in England, especially when they worked there. Bill Tegner 13:30, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Seems odder still that his place of birth has suddenly become Co Tipperary. Has he been talking to Peter O'Toole? Note that the Internet Movie Database still says he was born in Kent. Doubtless someone will check official records soon. I won't.Bill Tegner 18:52, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

"songs of astonishing beauty"[edit]

I believe you, but could you list a few examples here maybe, on the talk page? Njál 01:04, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

I also agree with you, but it is essentially POV, isn't it? Essexmutant 10:09, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
How about "songs that have been considered by many to be astonishingly beautful, such as...example, example."

BBC's "This Week" interview[edit]

Does anyone know what year the BBC interview w/ Jane Street-Porter that's referenced in the Health section took place? Would like to see that info added.

Looks like June 2006, I'd like to find a better cite for it (and most of the rest of that section) so that it can be reintroduced to the article. Artw 00:30, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Health & Teeth[edit]

This is a poor article and requires some cleanup the balance between the salacious stuff about his health & teeth is out of kilter with the section on his music and songwriting which should be what this article is about. Its and encylopedia entry not a gossip column. To that end I've added a POV check - --Gramscis cousin 12:20, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

i was actually curious to read about his teeth, me mum would pull out a picture of his everytime i said i would not brush.

The photograph included under this heading depicts Shane with a mouth full cigarrette butts. This one should be removed, and another should replace it to accurately depict his poor dental state.

Yes but I am talking about balance here. The guy is one of the most significant songwriters of his generation (he has written what is consistently voted as the most popular Christmas song of all time - Fairytale of New York - not even mentioned here) and we're talking about his teeth!! What next - Einstein's Haircut or Benjamin Franklin's baldness. Gramscis cousin 16:20, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes, but it is important to remember what the name "Shane MacGowan" means to many people. "The man with the teeth!"

I agree, to a certain extent.
Overemphasis on one part of his career, or one aspect of his life, could make this article a bit offkilter.
That being said, I still think there should be a significant section devoted to his declining health, and the corresponding decline in his career, especially after he and The Pogues parted ways.

Ruthfulbarbarity 23:36, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

"Many people" also see Einstein as the guy with the fuzzy hair does that mean we should have a lengthy section taking up nearly one third of the article in the Einstein section on his hair.

I agree that there should be a section on MacGowan's health & teeth but the current section is disproportionably long and salacious in style. Have a look at the webistes on other prominent drunkards such as Brendan Behan (a small paragraph) or Truman Capote (spread into other sections).

The Behan approach is I think the most appropraite in this case.

-- Gramscis cousin 08:09, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

The length of the section should be governed by the amount of information to be included. If there is a lot of information on McGowan's health and teeth, the section should be long enough to include it. The section shouldn't be cut down just to make the rest of the article look longer in comparison. If there is more information to be included in the main article - include it! Shinji nishizono 15:50, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

The point is that the info in this section of the article is salacious gossip of the worst sort of tabloidese. It is irrelevant and disproportionate in a discussion of the life and career of a highly regarded songwriter. As I've said before compare it to how the Brendan Behan article deals with similar issues. I could fill that one up with similar anecdotal gossip but it would be inappropriate. --Gramscis cousin 13:01, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

My own opinion would be that McGowan is almost as famous for his drunken presentation and substance abuse as for his music. His songwriting ability should certainly be the main focus of the article (and as someone who clearly knows a lot about him, you should make additions as you see fit) but it is of interest to the public to chronicle the state of his health too. He recently appeared with Spider Stacy on a BBC2 TV documentary about folk music and was practically incoherent. People who saw that show are likely to look to an article like this to find out why he was in such a bad state. Many musicians have drink problems, but few take self-destruction to such an extreme as McGowan, and the article should reflect that. Shinji nishizono 14:39, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

I fully agree with Gramscis cousin. McGowan's teeth are, at least to me, the least important of his qualities. The tone of the article is already compromised by weasel words and the extensive dental talk doesn't contribute much. Unsourced statements can be deleted; the rest can be added to the body of the Health section in a single line with inline citations. I'll go ahead and do that in a few days if nobody objects.Lowerarchy 06:12, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

The article on George Washington includes a section on his teeth and the article on William Howard Taft discusses his weight. Wikipedia should not whitewash its subjects by ignoring ill health and hygeine. --Tysto 06:38, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
The article should mention Shane's teeth and substance abuse. I fully agree that these should not overshadow the music, but many people (me included) are going to be coming to this article to find out about his health and teeth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.224.71.191 (talk) 13:23, 18 December 2007 (UTC)
While MacGowan's drink and drugs consumption is often emphasized it is not surprising. Much of his writing concerns drink, his sacking from the Pogues was due to drink and he has made a number of comments about the links between his ideas of Irishness and alcohol. For crying out loud... even his book is "A Drink with Shane MacGowan". Concerning the teeth, while it isn't as relevant it is worth recalling that one record cover issued in US actually had teeth airbrushed into the picture as the American distributors were worried about how the buyers might be turned off by his dental disarray. (83.13.39.98 (talk) 19:02, 1 January 2008 (UTC))

I remember having read that MacGowan lost his front teeth whilst trying to eat a Beach Boys album. That is not mentioned in the article. Is it verifiable or just an urban legend? Bluewave (talk) 11:23, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

It's true. He talks about it in his A Drink With Shane MacGowan book. He was apparently high on something or other and it seemed like a good idea to him at the time. I don't have the book handy - but it's definitely in there, for anyone who wants to find a pageref. --Kurt Shaped Box (talk) 13:18, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
I recall him mentioning in an interview (Jack someone, Scots guy who used to do a show late night on channel 4)the eating of a Beach Boys album infront of an Irish ambassador as a protest against American politics (83.9.73.5 (talk) 08:00, 9 April 2009 (UTC))

The Nips[edit]

There is no mention here of Shane's first band "The Nips" who were a moderately successful punk band. Gramscis cousin 15:43, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

Hmmmm. There did used to be - I added it myself last year. I'll sort it. --Kurt Shaped Box 18:43, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

Education and Background[edit]

Presumably Shane MacGowan comes from a well-heeled background. His parents must have been able to afford to send him to an expensive private preparatory school and Westmister School after that. Since neither of these is in north London, it seems odd, too, that he "acquired a North London accent". It's also interesting that neither of the schools he attended are Roman Catholic. Is he from a Protestant background? 86.46.75.230 (talk) 07:51, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Not especially. In 'A Drink With..' he says his father was a manager (at C&A, i think) and largely lower-middle-class, while his mother was a model/singer/dancer from farming stock. In regards to schooling, he got a scholarship at Westminster. He is also pretty clear in the book that both sides of his family are Catholic (even being told by his grandmother that all Protestants were yellow!). 86.29.225.173 (talk) 17:21, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Mockney?[edit]

Does the fact that he acquired "a north London accent" in spite of a) being "Irish" and b) coming from an affluent English town and being educated at expensive private schools, qualify him for the label "Mockney"? Ausseagull (talk) 20:32, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Quotes[edit]

Menken@xs4all.nl Quotes should only feature legitimate quotes by or about the subject that add to our knowledge of the subject --Gramscis cousin 21:07, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Plastic Paddy?[edit]

Does this guy's English birth, education and accent qualify him for the above category? Bill Tegner 12:52, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Hes part of the diaspora man --Rcseng2005 11:10, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

What does the above mean (in grammatical English)? Millbanks 09:11, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

"Hes" is presumably "he's" without the apostrophe (always a problem for the poorly educated). "Diaspora man" could be something like Essex Man or Neanderthal Man, though the structure of the sentence, even without a comma, indicates that in this context it is being used as a form of address. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.104.71.161 (talk) 08:08, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Go raibh míle maith agat, deartháir. Sláinte. Liam Bill Tegner 08:41, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Say that in English so I can understand you

Chan eil casan againn.Tha briogais aige.--90.194.186.53 18:01, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Is it weird that I think he sounds more Irish than English? Especially when he's singing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.45.112.180 (talk) 21:55, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

If you read 'A drink with Shane MacGowan you will lean that he was born in England, was raised in Ireland until age seven, he then lived in england until leaving school at fourteen. at this point he returned to Tipperary, Ireland. He has divided his time between London and Ireland ever since, although has lived in Dublin the last 10 years or so. Given that he has lived in Ireland for considerable time, has irish parents its perfectly understandable for him to be classed as Irish.



Funny. The article says that he speaks with a north London accent. So yes, it is weird that you think that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.158.166.126 (talk) 22:11, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

The man was born in London. Worked in London. And had a London accent. He is a Cockney, not an Irishman! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.197.15.138 (talk) 06:01, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

CItes needed so that sections removed by WP:BLP can be restored[edit]

The Health and body abuse section of the site, present in this version of the article, has been removed to meet WP:BLP. Looks like it's all esentially correct, though it's going to take some digging to find cites to back it up.

If you;re not too familiar with the citing processs just put the URLs here and I'll drop them in.

I've already made a stard finding cites for other deleted sections, except for a bit about naked pictures which dosn't really seem like it needs to go back in. Artw 00:35, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Actually I have an URL for the naked thing. Looks like this blog might be a good source for cites for some of the other cites as well - though sources other than the blog would be preferable (even if it is by the man himself and publish by The Guardian. Artw 00:48, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Infobox[edit]

I feel Shane is an important enough figure in contemperary music to warrant an infobox. Am I alone in this desire? Bogart1047 00:59, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Alcohol and substance abuse[edit]

I have to say, I'm a bit surprised that an article about Shane MacGowan hasn't mentioned his problems with alcohol and substance abuse. Leaving aside the debate about his teeth above, surely these factors of his life are well-documented and significant enough to be worthy of mention?--203.87.117.133 (talk) 12:15, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Agreed AJKGORDON«» 12:29, 18 December 2007 (UTC)
Nothing on his teeth, nothing on his drug abuse. The two most fascinating things about him. Pathetic. Politically Correct brigade have been through this article. Reaper7 (talk) 21:27, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

covered works of Shane MacGowan[edit]

Is it possible to include a list of works covered by other artists? For example, Christy Moore has covered "A Pair of Brown Eyes" ('Unfinished Revolution' album, I believe)"Fairytale of New York" and "Aisling" ('Smoke and Strog Whiskey') and I believe Tommy Makem recorded "Broad Majestic Shannon".(83.13.39.98 (talk) 19:08, 1 January 2008 (UTC))

Alcohol .. How I laughed![edit]

Nothing about Booze. What a joke this article is. Mmmm. Let's pretend booze has had no influence on his output or career. PC brigade again. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 158.234.250.71 (talk) 13:09, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

You know, his alcoholism really isn't so dire. People make way too much of a big deal of it. He drinks at concerts and on weekends and before he has to face publicity, but he's not finishing off three bottles of Jack every day. That doesn't make him an alcoholic, as anyone who has lived with alcoholics could tell you.--Bogart1047 (talk) 05:34, 1 March 2008 (UTC)
Not being able to face an important situation (interviews) while sober, and neglecting your health as a result of drinking, sound like alcoholism to me. Quantity of consumption is only one measure--MartinUK (talk) 00:14, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Missing contributions[edit]

Shouldn't he be listed as contributing to the Dubliners Milestones album from 1995? I could swear I hear his voice on Whiskey in a Jar. Was it just that the song was published on both albums? http://www.shanemacgowan.com/related.shtml Ryandsmith (talk) 22:55, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Shane MacGowan, the song[edit]

So, swedish artist Hästpojken has made a (rather popular) song about Shane, entitled "Shane MacGowan". Lyrics can be found here: http://artists.letssingit.com/hastpojken-lyrics-shane-macgowan-fklvwqf Andrimner (talk) 20:53, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Daily Mirror[edit]

In the first para of the self desructive behaviour section it states his interview is with the London Daily Mirror. Is there such a paper? Surely its just Daily Mirror? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.121.151.142 (talk) 16:31, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Background and Religion[edit]

Presumably Mr MacGowan must have come from a well off background, since his parents sent him to an expensive private preparatory school and to Westminster School after that. Also it's odd that he "acquired a North London accent", since neither school is in north London. In addition, neither school is Roman Catholic, so do we take it that Shane MacGowan is from a Protestant background? Millbanks (talk) 08:01, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

citation source of teeth being airbrushed in[edit]

Ann Scanlon's book "The Lost Decade" (a history of the early Pogues) contains the story about the teeth being airbrushed in (I believe on the cover of Poguetry in Motion). There was an online link but it is now dead. (83.9.73.5 (talk) 07:56, 9 April 2009 (UTC))

Whilst in Ireland, he became completely immersed in the traditional music of Irish culture[edit]

By the age of six? Stutley (talk) 14:29, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

I've deleted that bit as unecyclopedic. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.118.65.162 (talk) 21:16, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

New Photo[edit]

Would anyone be opposed to replacing the current pic with a more up to date one of Shane (with new teeth)? 142.104.35.183 (talk) 19:19, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

Shane MacGowan: "I'm Irish!"[edit]

A quick google produces at least two references. 1) interview with Joan Anderman,'Survivors' in The Boston Globe (5 March 2006) here and 2) quote from 'Wildman MacGowan Ties The Knot' article on Sky (4 April 2007) here. 'Anglo-Irish' sounds particularly silly when applied to MacGowan given its perceived colonial connotations. His self-identification should be what matters as far as this article is concerned. 86.42.19.155 (talk) 11:09, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

It means he wants to be thought of as Irish, though he was born and educated in England and speaks with a London accent. 12.177.224.197 (talk) 21:44, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Self Identification? so can I self identify as black? Fact is the basis of an encyclopedia not beliefs. He's English, and the article should reflect, as for perceived colonial connotations what are you on about Ireland was never a colony, in fact it was Irishmen who large drove the creation of the British Empire. What matters are the facts, he is english, and it is offensive to geniune Irish people to state otherwise. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.43.156.186 (talk) 21:28, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

If both of your parents were black, you could self identify as black. Both of MacGowan's parents were Irish, thus he is ethnically Irish. He was only born in England because his parents were on Christmas vacation. Saying he's not Irish is like saying Tom Clarke and James Connolly weren't Irish because they weren't born in Ireland. Describing him as Irish with the word Irish linked to the article Irish people is an accurate description since he's ethnically Irish despite his place of birth and citizenship and the Irish people article is about the Irish as an ethnic group. --John of Lancaster (talk) 00:52, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
Yes you could self identify as black because you would be manifestly black by any measure. The same does not apply to Irishness. No-one would be even attempting to claim he was Irish if he hadn't been self-identifying as so. But self-identification is not the be all and end all. He was not just born in England but spent the vast majority of his childhood there, and he's hardly likely to remember much before age 6. Anyway, we should only use facts, and in that respect you have hit the nail on the head. The term to put in the article is that he is ethnically Irish, as you rightly say. Problem solved. 85.158.45.40 (talk) 00:30, 5 February 2012 (UTC)
John of Lancaster, you seem to be trying to start an edit war. Please read WP:CON policy and use the Talk page to discuss changes. Self-identification really is not the be-all and end-all you claim (unless it is qualified as self-identified). Here is an Irish Times published source , based on an academic publication (Irish Blood, English Heart: Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England , by Sean Campbell, published by Cork University Press). This makes it a good quality source by Wikipedia criteria for reliable sources. It has two members of the Pogues identifying the entire group as "London-Irish". But Shane Macgowan talking about Shane Macgowan as a factual source fails the test for being an WP:IS defined independent source. He clearly has a "significant connection to the subject", for example it can be argued he makes money off the back of a reputation as "Irish". Now personally I wouldn't go as far as changing the article to term him London-Irish, however justifiable, however terming him ethnically Irish or second-generation Irish is an unassailable factual statement. As I said, please use the Talk pages before any further reversions. Multiply repeated unilateral reversions are not the way to achieve consensus. 85.158.45.40 (talk) 02:24, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
I'm not trying to start anything and I don't care much for the accusation. Just so you know, Wikipedia doesn't go by "facts", it goes by reliable sources per WP:V. It is not up to you to decide what's a "fact" and what isn't. You don't seem to see that I have provided this source, which describes him as an "Irish writer, musician and founder member of both The Pogues and The Popes". You changed "Irish" to "ethnically Irish", which is not what the source says (that's called original research, FYI), which is why I reverted your edit. It had nothing to do with the fact that he self-identifies as Irish. Also, when did I ever claim that self-identification was the "be-all and end-all"? Did you even read my previous post? I never made the argument that he self-identifies as Irish. If you're going to accuse me of edit warring, you can at least know what you're talking about. Besides, "ethnically Irish" is redundant because the word "Irish" is linked to the article Irish people, which is about the Irish ethnic group. You appear to be the one who's edit warring. I provided a source and you're still tampering with the lead sentence to make it say something that the source doesn't. I was right to revert yor edit. I'm not edit warring, I'm simply following WP:V and you should really assume good faith. --John of Lancaster
(talk) 22:24, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

.. Worth noting that Shane did not self-identify as Irish during the heyday of the Pogues, as can be seen in films, and print interviews. In one filmed interview conducted in a north london pub, he corrects the interviewer who calls him Irish, saying I'm London Irish. This was his standard line. His transition to being Irish, in his own mind, occurred during the 1990s. He also had a British Passport during the 1980s as revealed by his colleagues in one of the biogs, by either Clerk or Fearnley, making him then, a British citizen. He's Irish to my mind, but part of the diaspora, and England has left its stamp upon him, afterall he lived there more than 40 years, born and largely bred.

Nationality[edit]

Is there any basis for describing MacGowan himself as Irish? He was born and raised in the UK.WebHorizon (talk) 17:36, 19 August 2011 (UTC)WebH

If Shane has always considered himself as an Irishman and never has been quoted as being "English" , I think there;s no point in describing him as of English nationality . In his book "A drink with Shane MacGowan" he makes it perfectly clear and more than once , that he is Irish . We can get into all sorts of technicalities but there's no doubt he's Irish . — Preceding unsigned comment added by 190.212.50.49 (talk) 05:02, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

You mean technicalities like him not actually being Irish? can I say I'm black because at some point my ancestors in africa were? at best he's british of irish decent like a quarter of the population of the Isle of Great Britain, at worst he's a another plastic paddy wannabe, the article should reflect his actually nationality not what he wishes to be, or it is just offensive to people who are geniunely of that nationality and thus promoted a POV that doesn't reflect the facts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.43.156.186 (talk) 19:25, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

What a perfect example of a British bigot --- note the IP address is out of Sutton, England --- claiming the authority to decide who is "genuinely" Irish.
Shane MacGowan was born in Britain, of Irish-citizen parents. Under Irish nationality law this gives him Irish citizenship. He spent a considerable amount of his life in Ireland, and self-identifies as Irish. He is Irish --- ACCORDING TO THE NATIONALITY LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND --- and that trumps your parochial bigotry.


According to your brilliant explanation , Henry Kissinger is not a US citizen nor Adolf Hitler was German , since they were born somewhere else . If a person is born in China but decides to become an English or French national , that's his or her will and it has to be respected . Shane was born in England to Irish parents , was initially raised in Tipperary (he considers this the most important period of his life) , defines himself as Irish , but apparently it is still not enough to consider him an Irishman . But you don't have to believe me , instead have some money well spent by buying the book "A drink with Shane MacGowan" - if after reading it you still consider Shane as English or "Anglo-Irish" then I won't insist . In the meantime , here are a few citations from the book - for free :

(on his uncle Tom) : "Very fond of him . He was a great Irishman . There were an awful lot of incredible men in this house . Not to mention incredible women . It's not for nothing I hold the English in such contempt . They just don't measure up to those people."

" I have made some English friends , I'm not saying there aren't any good English people , just that I didn't have a very good experience with them , growing up. And I didn't like the country."

"We got on with them , the clued-in London Irish ones , who didn't think they were English . The ones who thought they were English hated us . The ones who regarded themselves as Irish got on with us . "

"The Pogues would never had existed if I wasn't Irish. Ireland means everything to me ."

"But what a talented race. I'm proud to be one of them . Great sportsmen , great soldiers , great musicians , great lovers , great artists . Nobody loves like an Irishman." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 190.212.54.111 (talk) 03:40, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

All the above manages to prove is that his nationality is a matter of debate. Wikipedia must stick to the facts and be impartial. It's not a place for opinions. If he self-identifies as Irish then that is what should be in the article, not debatable opinions about whether he is definitively Irish or definitively English. There are arguments on both sides and NPOV guidance is that Wikipedia is not a forum for making pronouncements one way or the other. He is clearly of Irish descent at least, and identifying him as that should retain the spirit of the statement. 85.158.45.40 (talk) 21:33, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Yeah sorry but your silly nationalist pride based on false assumptions and ill-feeling towards another ethnicity is not relevant here. The guy is probably an Irish citizen and identifies as such. He's famous in the UK and Ireland for being Irish too --Nutthida (talk) 14:04, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
Wikipedia does not deal in "probably". That's the weakest argument to use on Wikipedia. I don't know why you think I'm nationalist - what nationality do you think I am, and where's the ill-feeling against any ethnicity? My whole point is to stick to the facts, not opinion. I know for a fact in the deepest darkest recesses of my ancestry at least one of my ancestors was French. Am I French? Can I self-identify as French? Therefore can you take my own opinion of my myself as fact? Of course not. 85.158.45.40 (talk) 00:19, 5 February 2012 (UTC)
No, you are not French. You do not self-identify as French, whereas MacGowan self-identifies as Irish. Your parents do not appear to possess French citizenship, which would give French citizenship to their children under French law, whereas MacGowan's parents were both citizens of the Republic of Ireland and under Irish law so are their children no matter where born. In short, you expect the rest of the world to bow to your British opinion on this matter, no matter the facts.

Absurdity of "Anglo-Irish" description[edit]

Anglo-Irish has a specific meaning: a member of the privilieged Protestant Ascendancy class in Ireland, Protestant and of largely English descent. This meaning has been in common use since the 1800s at least. Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats are "Anglo-Irish." Shane MacGowan is not.

Shane MacGowan does not fit any of these criteria: he is of ethnically "native" Irish descent, his upbringing was far from privileged, he is not a Protestant (nor were his ancestors), and he actively self-identifies as Irish and expresses support for Irish Republicanism, not the Union with Britain nor the British Crown.

MacGowan arguably can be described as "British-Irish" --- he was born in Britain and has resided there for long periods of time --- but he is in no manner "Anglo-Irish." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 97.127.183.4 (talk) 02:32, 11 October 2013 (UTC)