Sunday 21 January 2018

Real Housewives of Orange County film scenes across Dublin and Wicklow and attempt to track Irish ancestry

Real Housewives OC heading to Dublin
Real Housewives OC heading to Dublin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Real Housewives of Orange County were in town recently and hit hotspots from Temple Bar to Powerscourt to Johnny Fox's.

Vicki Gunvalson, Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, Meghan King Edmonds, Kelly Meza-Dodd and Heather Dubrow (wife of cosmetic surgeon Terry Dubrow of Botched fame) all jetted in to see the sights.

The group stayed at the luxurious Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry and were spotted by fellow guests indulging in the spa.

They also filmed at The Old Storehouse/O'Flaherty's in Temple Bar and were seen stocking up on plaid throws at Avoca in Kilmacanogue.

Meanwhile, Irish geneologist John Grenham was approached last minute by producers to lend his skills to nailing down the Irish family tree of one of the women.

On his blog he revealed that she already had some details and he subsequently managed to find that her nineteenth-century ancestors were O'Tooles, with the forename Phelim regularly featuring, and all based in Greystones.

"And of course the O’Tooles of Powerscourt were notorious/renowned for their part in the sixteenth-century rebellion against the Tudors, when their leader was … Phelim O’Toole of Powerscourt," he wrote.

However, he added, "Finding O’Tooles in north Wicklow is the genealogical equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel, so I laughed it off and joked that if she wanted to meet a living relative, she should just go down to Greystones, tap anyone on the shoulder and they’d be her fourth or  fifth cousin. Big mistake. Californians (and Californian TV producers) tend towards the literal.

"That night, in Johnny Fox’s pub in Glencullen, they put out the word they were looking for O’Tooles. Naturally, a family stepped forward who claimed direct descent from Phelim of Powerscourt.  Naturally, I was asked to authenticate the connection between them, Phelim and the real housewife.

"And, naturally, I made my excuses and exited."

Funner with heather included

A photo posted by Vicki Gunvalson (@vickigunvalson) on

Fun night

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