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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C
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Ice Cube was on the Late Late last night - and got a quizzing over his very Irish (real) name
The rapper’s real name is O’Shea Jackson.

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LAST NIGHT’S LATE Late Show had a rather eclectic line-up – James Nesbitt, Dynamo, Finbar Furey, Chris Eubank, a group of lambs.

The show also featured a pre-recorded interview with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, who were in Dublin to promote their latest movie, Ride Along 2.

The pair chatted about everything from Hart’s visit to Crunch Fitness in Dublin yesterday morning to the furore surrounding the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.

But Tubs couldn’t leave Ice Cube go without asking him one important question – what’s the craic with his Irish-sounding name?

For those of you who don’t know, the hip-hop heavyweight’s real name is O’Shea Jackson. Yes, O’Shea as in John O’Shea and Rick O’Shea.

Tubs pointed out to Cube that the name might cause some to think he’s of Irish stock.

See for us, we’d kind of immediately be going, ‘Are you anything to the O’Sheas in Kilkenny or Connemara?’

Unfortunately, Ice Cube didn’t reveal any Irish heritage, but said that his mother merely liked the sound of the name.

I don’t know, man, my mother must have had a little Irish thang on the side. I don’t know! I actually think my mom liked the name, liked how it flowed off the tongue and ended up naming me O’Shea.

But good news for anyone with the name O’Shea – Ice Cube thinks it’s cool.

It’s a cool name. The name was unique. I was the only person in school named O’Shea so everybody knew me and it was kind of cool.

So now!

Written by Amy O’Connor and posted on

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