“Oh the girls are feeling swooney; As they welcome home George Clooney; back to Ireland and Kilkenny on his great big Motorbike.”
These are the words of the chorus penned by a Kilkenny man, Willie Dunne, a member of a Limerick based group, written in the expectation that film star, George Clooney will visit Kilkenny during his motorbike road trip to Ireland next March and meet his direct descendants in the south of the county.
The Corrigan Brothers who charted in 20 countries and achieved over seven million hits on you tube with “There’s no one as Irish as Barack Obama” are releasing a new single with a Kilkenny theme. “Welcome Home George Clooney” tells the story of Mr Clooney’s proud Irish links to Tullahought.
“We love a great ancestry story and this is a great one, we were delighted to hear that George’s Irish links had been established and are very thankful to Gabriel Murray and Dr Michael Conway for their discovery. We worked with Gabriel on his award winning film Obama’s Irish Roots,” lead singer Ger Corrigan said.
The band plan to make a video for the song in Kilkenny over the coming weeks, and will rely on their Kilkenny based banjo and mandolin player Willie Dunne to find the most appropriate filming locations.
“Kilkenny is a beautiful county and we are sure George will be thrilled to see the homestead of his ancestor Nicolas, he may never want to go home,” Ger Corrigan said.
The Corrigan Brothers are currently recording their second album and will tour the USA later this year. They will also be engaged in some events for the Obama Presidential campaign during the summer.
One of the verses goes like this:
He knows Angelina Jolie
but his hero is Brian Cody
he plans to meet him
for a few ould jars
he’ll go up to Nowlan Park
as the twilight turns to dark
to watch Henry crashin balls
over the bar
Welcome Home George Clooney (Corrigan Brothers and Willie Dunne 2012)