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A researcher who helped trace the Irish roots of American President Barack Obama has now found Hollywood legend Meryl Streep's Irish ancestors.

Fiona Fitzsimons, research director at genealogy company Eneclann, says efforts are being made to contact the actress.

The 64-year-old's great-great-grandparents have been traced to the townland of Muntermellon on Horn Head, outside the tourist town of Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal.Streep had visited Donegal in September 1998 for the premiere of Dancing At Lughnasa, which was filmed in Glenties.

She discovered her great grandmother was a Grace Strain from the county and named her daughter after her.

Now Ms Fitzsimons has saved her all the leg work – and discovered Grace Strain's husband was also a Donegal man.

"Her great-great-grandparents on her mother's side were Manus McFadden who was born in 1831 and his wife Grace Strain who was born in 1842," said the researcher.

Jimmy Lafferty (72), a fourth cousin of the Oscar-winning star, says she can even stay where Grace Strain grew up.

"The old Strain house has been tumbled but I built a lovely new holiday home in its place and if Meryl Streep wants to come see us all, she can stay in the house."

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