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Irish blood has given me the gift of the gab, says Conan O'Brien

Published 12/10/2012 | 05:00

Conan O'Brien addressing students at Trinity College's Philosophical Society, where he received an honorary award

US chat show host Conan O'Brien has put his phenomenal success down to his Irish roots.

The 49-year-old told the Irish Independent that he can't get enough of his ancestral home and insisted that his "Irishness" is partly the reason behind his fame.

"We Irish are genetically bred to do this (presenting). We talk better than anybody else and we clean up alright," he said.

The popular broadcaster, whose parents are from Dungarvan in Co Waterford, is currently in Dublin on holiday with his family.

He was also the latest in a long line of international celebrities to receive an honorary award from Trinity College's Philosophical Society.

"I love it here, I'm 100pc Irish, every single one of us in my family is, so it's really wonderful to be here. When I was asked to come along I just thought, 'I have to go to Dublin'.

"The air just feels right here. I live in Los Angeles so my body has been telling me, 'You have to get out of here'. I think I'll come back and probably impose on people and just stay on their couch."

When asked how he would rate 'Late Late Show' anchor Ryan Tubridy, O'Brien insisted he is a "big fan" and that the RTE star could make it in the States.

"I've heard Ryan is terrific ... I'd love to talk to him," he added.

The host is due to leave Ireland tomorrow to return to his base in California.

He will be joined by a TV crew today to film a short segment at the Guinness Storehouse for his chat show 'Conan', which airs on American station TBS.

O'Brien has been playing the tourist with his wife Liza Powel and their children, Beckett (8) and Neve (6).

The family was spotted earlier this week taking a photo outside the Department of the Taoiseach.

Liza said that she has thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Laura Butler

Irish Independent

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