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Sunday 21 September 2014

Heaven knows I'm happy now, says Robbie's cousin Morrissey

Published 22/02/2013 | 04:00

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Football legend Robbie Keane, left, with his distant cousin, singer Morrissey, after the LA Galaxy pre-season match

WE already knew that he claims Irish blood and an English heart.

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But it turns out that singer Morrissey also has an Irish chin – or to be more specific, international star striker Robbie Keane's chin.

The musician dropped by to visit Robbie at LA Galaxy this week and revealed how the pair share a common lineage that is most apparent in their facial features.

The pair are actually cousins – or at least, Robbie's grandfather is a cousin to Morrissey's father.

Morrissey watched as the Major League Soccer (MLS) champions beat Mexican side Club Tijuana 6-2 in a pre-season home friendly.

Following the game, he visited the dressing room for a chat and a photograph with Keane before taking to his fan website to revel in the experience.

"It was a joyous head-storm to attend LA Galaxy v Club Tijuana last night and to see captain Robbie Keane score in the fourth minute," he wrote.

He then went on to explain that they shared a common ancestry.

"Family tree aficionados will be aware that Robbie and I share the same Irish blood; his late grandfather (Thomas Nolan) being my own father's cousin," he wrote.

"In filial terms the Irish blood, English heart genetic between Robbie and I is evident – his chin is my chin, my chin is his."

The singer also revealed that his mother was raised on Captains Road, Crumlin, where Robbie also spent some of his childhood.

The two share common passions. Morrissey played football as a youngster and has been a lifelong fan.

Robbie is also known for his love of music and the sportsman has often taken the stage.

In 2011, he was recorded performing in Gibney's pub in Malahide.

Following their meeting, Morrissey paid tribute to the Irish football star.

"He is a gentleman of the highest caliber (or, if you must, calibre), and to watch him on the pitch – pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut, is pure therapy.

"Robbie, the pleasure, the privilege is mine," he wrote – quoting a line from his song 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'.

Irish Independent

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