The city witnessed a gathering of Clooney clan on Sunday in advance of the imminent arrival next year of actor George Clooney to visit his Irish homestead, deep in Southn Kilkenny.
In the meantime,. Kilkenny film maker, Gabriel Murray is forginb head with his documentary on Clooney’s Irish heritage entitled, ‘George Clooney’s Irish Roots.
Dr Michael Conway placed the Hole in the Wall at the disposal of film maker Gabriel Murray who had arranged a film shoot and a series of interviews, musical performances and photographic portraits of the Abbeyleix Clooneys on Sunday afternoon. They had met Nicholas Clooney, George’s father when he visited Kilkenny two years ago and had dinner with him in the city.
Abbeyleix man Seamus Clooney and his family met fellow cousins of George Clooney, Mary Egan (Tullahought) and her daughter for the first time.
Noreen Burke Hayes, Clooney another relative, acted as co-ordinator for the event and Declan Buckley owner of the Metropole Hotel in the city disclosed that the late singer, Rosemary Clooney stayed in the hotel on her honeymoon in 1953 with her new husband Jose Ferrer. The music for the event was provided by Mick Walsh and son and from Pat Shortis. The gathering retired to Power’s of Tullahought that evening where footage of the 26 piece Tullahought Ceili Band was recorded for the documentary. Pat Power owner of Power’s pub provided the food and drinks for the occasion. Considering the detail and depth to which Gabriel Murray went in his award winning ‘Obama’s Irish Roots’ documentary, the Clooney story promises to be a cinematic triumph.
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