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10 Aug 2022

Mayor of Kilkenny extends open invitation to George Clooney

Mayor of Kilkenny extends open invitation to George Clooney to visit his native home

Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr David Fitzgerald, has extended an open invitation to George Clooney to visit Kilkenny.

Speculation has been mounting that famous actor George Clooney might visit the county this summer to further explore his roots.

"Delighted to issue an open invitation to the world’s most famous Kilkenny man to visit his native home," said Mayor Fitzgerald.

"We might even throw in Mayoral reception too!"

George’s father’s great-great-grandfather Nicholas Clooney was baptised in Windgap on July 23, 1829.

Nicholas was from Knockeen, Tullahought and emigrated to America shortly after the Famine.

In 2019, George Clooney visited relatives in County Laois and had made plans to return to Ireland in 2020 to further explore his roots but the pandemic and travel restrictions scuppered those plans.

Now, according to a report in the Irish Examiner, Clooney is once-again adamant to make a return to the nation of his ancestors.

Given the actor's interest in his family heritage, surely County Kilkenny is on top of the to-visit list.

Clooney is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is also noted for his political activism. 

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