Now Jimmy's a stand-up Irish guy
COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr has joined Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Daniel Day-Lewis in embracing his roots and accepting a Certificate of Irish Heritage.
The stand-up, whose parents are from Limerick but moved to the UK several years ago, was presented with the honour ahead of his performance at the University of Limerick Concert Hall last weekend.
Carr, who hosts Channel 4 panel series '8 Out of 10 Cats', said he was "honoured and delighted" to receive the certificate, which is signed by the Taoiseach and recognises the contribution made by members of our diaspora worldwide.
Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin presented Carr with the certificate on Saturday.
"Jimmy is very proud of his parental connections with Limerick and certainly has an emotional attachment to the city and Ireland," the mayor said.
"He was very honoured to receive this certificate, which I think is a wonderful initiative to recognise and celebrate Ireland's diaspora. We are delighted that Jimmy has confirmed he is planning a return to Limerick in 2014 when the city becomes Ireland's first National City of Culture."
Last April Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore presented Tom Cruise with a certificate in Dublin while he was in town for a premiere.
Taoiseach, Enda Kenny presented US President Barack Obama with a certificate during a St Patrick's Day visit to the White House in March 2012, and Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain US president John F Kennedy, received one over the summer during her visit to the National Library, Dublin.