10 Surprising Artists with Irish Heritage

Who knew so many artists had Irish ancestry. To celebrate St. Patricks Day, the global music streaming service Deezer has found 10 of the most successful artists with Irish heritage. From Ed Sheeran to a surprising Rhianna, the following artists have Irish descendants.

1. Ed Sheeran

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The most streamed artist in the world’s grandparents are from Gorey, Co Wexford.

 

2. Rihanna

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Rihanna’s grandmother hails from the Redleg community of Barbados, and of Irish decent

 

3. Katy Perry

About last night…✨🍫 @jpgaultierofficial @lorraineschwartz @vanityfair

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Katy Perry’s  great-great-grandmother was from Eyrecourt, Co, Galway

4. Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce’s great-great-grandmother left Westmeath for America in the 1850s

 

5. Mariah Carey

Pon de studio with #demkids 😄😍💕

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The diva’s mother is of an Irish American descent

 

6. Morrissey

 

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born to a working-class Irish migrant family and famously wrote the song “Irish Blood, English Heart”, one of his greatest hits

 

7. Gwen Stefani

My #LoveIn3Words — Truth ❤️ God ❤️ Family — #theloveproject2017 @revlon

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Gwen’s grandmother is Irish

 

8. Leona Lewis

Windswept in NY 🌬

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Lewis’s mother Maria Lewis is of Irish decent

 

9. Billy Idol

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Idol regularly visited his relatives in Co Cork as a young boy with his Irish mother

 

10. Boy George

Adelaide #Australia #culture-club

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George’s mum Dinah O Dowd hails from Co. Tipperary and the 1980s star has often recalled his trips to Ireland with his parents

In celebration of St. Patricks Day, Deezer has released a holiday playlist. To listen to the playlist click here 

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