Sunday 16 June 2019

By George! Clooney's Irish ancestry revealed - his family made carpets for the Titanic

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin before their Venice wedding
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin before their Venice wedding
George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin before their Venice wedding
George Clooney and Amal Allamudin at their Venice civil ceremony
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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The Irish ancestors of Hollywood actor George Clooney made carpets for the Titanic ship, it has emerged.

The actor, who is due to visit Bono in Ireland with his wife Amal Alamuddin this summer, may have a bigger reason to visit here.

Andrew Ring from Irishheritagetowns.com, told independent.ie that Clooney's ancestral home is Windgap, Co Kilkenny.

Researchers are still trying to locate this home.

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"George Clooney's parents were in Abbeyleix eight years ago researching their family."

George Clooney and Amal Allamudin at their Venice civil ceremony
George Clooney and Amal Allamudin at their Venice civil ceremony

"The family have been in contact for years, writing back and forward."

"When Nick and Nina Clooney [George's parents] visited their relatives in Abbeyleix, Fiona Clooney and her boyfriend David were invited to stay with Nick and they were collected at the airport by him."

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin before their Venice wedding
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin before their Venice wedding

"We've now got a certificate for Irish heritage for [George's father] Nicholas Clooney, signed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. We're ready to present it to him. This means that George Clooney could easily get one as well."

George's relative, Sarah Clooney, who died a few years ago, worked in a factory that made carpets for the Titanic, Andrew said.

Director and actor of
Director and actor of "The Monuments Men" George Clooney appears to be so appalled by the critical reaction from his Second World War firm earlier this year, that he wrote to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal saying he needed "protection from all the reviews" (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

"It was Sarah Clooney who worked in the carpet factory here."

2015 will mark the first time the Oscar-winner will visit the Emerald Isle, although his wife Amal has visited a number of times.

The actor might also receive an invitation to attend a family wedding while he's here.

"Fiona Clooney is getting married in July - wouldn't it be fantastic if he came to the wedding?" Andrew added.

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George has preveiously said: "I'm embarrassed that I've never properly been there before now. I've been talking about going there for years and Bono has been trying to get me to do a bike ride around Ireland with him.

"He probably won't be up for that now, but I'm definitely going to make a visit happen this summer. Amal has been several times, so she can show me around."

Clooney has Irish roots on both sides of the family. His father's great-great-grandfather Nicholas Clooney came from Co Kilkenny.

His paternal grandmother's maiden name was Guilfoyle.

The name Clooney is an anglicised version of the Irish O Cluanaigh, which translates as a descendant of Clugnach, meaning a rogue or a flatterer.

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