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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 28, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    Cowen’s family ties

    Ciara O'Brien

    Reasons never to blindly trust Wikipedia: did you know Kofi Annan was Brian Cowen’s twin brother? No? I suspect he didn’t either.

    According to the edited Wikipedia entry for Annan:


    “Kofi Annan was born in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. He is a twin, a respected status in Ghanaian culture. His twin brother Brian Cowan, shares the middle name ‘Atta’, which in Fante and Akan means ‘twin’.”


    The page’s history reveals that it was an Irish user located in Dublin who made the edits, or at least their IP address says that’s where they are.


    So far it’s survived – how much longer it will stay there is another thing.

    • John says:

      It’s been left there because it’s actually true, they both tend to play it down though….

    • Piaras says:

      Hey, where’s my credit :)

    • Ciara says:

      Ladies and gents, I give you Piaras. He’s better than StumbleUpon, I’m telling you.

      (take your bow)

    • Mark says:

      It’ll be gone within 48 hours, always is – Wikipedia is amazing. Shockingly efficient.

    • Ray says:

      As far as I know, they’ve never been seen in the same room together either. I suspect this is a secret that they both thought they could carry to the grave. It’s sad when this kind of stuff happens in families.