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Scissor Sisters star Ana traces her Irish roots

SCISSOR Sisters star Ana Matronic wants to travel around Ireland and explore her Irish roots.

The flame-haired singer was proud to admit her Irish background after flying into Dublin for the Arthur's Day celebrations. Speaking to the Herald, she said she would love to delve more into her Irish heritage.

Ana, who was also celebrating her band's tenth anniversary this week, revealed that her family can be traced to Cork.

"We didn't get that much time to travel while we were here but I really want to come back. I have a friend that lives in Co Cork. I have ancestry from Cork as well so I really want to get out there and see it," she said.

Meanwhile lead singer Jake Shears admitted to only tasting Guinness for the very first time on Arthur's Day -- but says he loved it despite being allergic to beer.

"I had some Guinness and it was really delicious. I'm actually allergic to beer so I normally can't drink it.

"But now I've found a beer I can enjoy, I was okay with the Guinness," he said.


The famous band, known for their smash hits Take Your Mama and Filthy Gorgeous, wowed Arthur's Day crowds at the Olympia theatre where host for the night Laura Whitmore filmed highlights for RTE.

Other artists playing around the city included Maverick Sabre, The Stereophonics, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Black, Paolo Nutini, Ryan Sheridan and Bell X1.

Punters around the city were also given surprise performances for the event.

The Saturdays showed up at Oliver John St Gogarty's Temple Bar, where they played a special acoustic gig and Snow Patrol surprised crowds in Dakota bar with an accoustic set.