Local filmmaker Gabriel Murray will premier his documentary‘George Clooneys Irish Roots’ at Dunamaise Arts Centre on Friday, February 1.
The documentary was shot on location in Kilkenny, Laois, and Waterford.
It traces the emigration of George Clooney’s, Irish ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, from Kilkenny to Kentucky, during the Great Famine of 1847.
It also involved an intensive search for his Irish links, as well as the discovery of George’s ancestral home.
The film features Fiona Clooney, who historically made the initial contact with George’s father in 2008, when he came to Ireland in search of his Irish roots.
His visit was inspired by the lost connection between her gran-aunt Sarah Clooney and Georges grandfather.
Also included are interviews with Bono and George; historians Professor Walter Walsh and Joseph Kennedy, and Clooney’s long-lost cousins.
The documentary contains several soundtracks, featuring contributions from Rosemary Clooney, Finbarr and Roisín Clancy, The Corrigans, Abbeyfolk, Louise
Florence, Peter Molly, Ned Egan and The Fenians.
The documentary is narrated by Mike Murphy, one of Ireland’s most high-profile TV presenters.
To add to a vast collection of research, the director has added material on Ireland’s most famous Clooney look-alikes - Jeremy Kenny and David Glendon. David had
over one million hits on Google after he won the ‘George Clooney Lookalike Competition.’
A sub-section in the story explores the Clooney family’s links with the ‘Titanic’ - also with Sir John Lavery, the Izod Estate, and Captain Patrick Clooney, prominent in the 1798 Rebellion.
In this documentary, an array of historical research and forgotten history has been uncovered. Over 1500 files of video clips, maps and achieves; that have been lost for generations that will link George Clooney to his lost ancestors.
The documentary was produced by Michael Watchorn,Pat Power and Andy Ring.
n The screening begins at 8pm and there is an after party in The Heritage Hotel from 10pm. Tickets can be purchased at (057) 8663355