So it seems Kurt Cobain was from Cork 5 years ago

So it seems Kurt Cobain was from Cork

Michael Collins, Roy Keane, Teddy McCarthy and now you can add the name of Kurt Cobain to the list of famous sons of Cork.

A bit of digging by the always entertaining Rare Irish Stuff Facebook page has thrown up a nugget of info about the Nirvana lead singer we had never heard before, a nugget that means we can claim him as one of our own.

They carry a quote from an interview that Cobain did with Guitar World magazine back in July 1993. In it, Cobain explains that a bit of digging into his family name led him to think he was from Cork if you went back far enough.

COBAIN: I never really knew about my ancestors until this year, when I learned that the name Cobain was Irish. My parents had never bothered to find that stuff out. I found out by looking through phone books throughout America for names that were similar to mine. I couldn’t find any Cobains at all, so I started calling Coburns. I found this one lady in San Francisco who had been researching our family history for years.

GW: So it was Coburn?

COBAIN: Actually it was Cobain, but the Coburns screwed it up when they came over. They came from County Cork, which is a really weird coincidence, because when we toured Ireland, we played in Cork and the entire day I walked around in a daze. I’d never felt more spiritual in my life. It was the weirdest feeling and I have a friend who was with me who could testify to this I was almost in tears the whole day. Since that tour, which was about two years ago, I’ve had a sense that I was from Ireland.

You can check out the full interview here.

So there you go. Another Leeside legend then.