London-born Dana draws attention to diaspora vote
Published 06/10/2011 | 05:00
In many ways the Browns' family doctor was responsible for Ireland winning the Eurovision in 1970. Advising little Rosemary's daddy that he had to return home from London to Derry to get better air quality for his children that medic ensured Dana, the musician-turned-politician, would become enshrined in Irish culture and folklore.
When you grow up with Dana as part of the nation's fabric you think you know everything you need to know about her. But I have to admit I only discovered recently that the diminutive presidential candidate spent the first five years of her life in the north London borough of Islington.
Presumably the accent of five-year Dana returning from London to Derry was very different from the soft northern lilt we've grown accustomed to over the years.