American star Conan O’Brien is more Irish than the majority of Irish born people

Conan O'Brien

Irish American TV star Conan O’Brien has spoken of his shock as his doctor revealed that he was 100% Irish.

The comedian had taken a DNA test to find out more about his genealogy and when the results came in his doctor was just as surprised as he was.

The test revealed that O’Brien’s heritage is 100% Irish – a higher percentage than the majority of people who were born and raised in Ireland.

Conan O'Brien

He appeared on the Late show with Stephen Colbert and told his story.

O’Brien said: “The doctor called me up. He said, ‘I have never, ever, ever had a DNA result like this before and I’ve been doing this for 10 years.’

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“He said ‘you are 100% Irish – I’ve never seen a 100% anything’.

“‘If you go to Ireland and you get their DNA samples, you will find out that the most Irish looking people are like 86% Irish, 94% Irish.’

“The Lucky Charms leprechaun, true fact, 11% Spanish.”

However, there was a sting in the tail that we can only hope O’Brien added for comic effect.

He said: “I asked him what does it mean? He said ‘it means you’re inbred’. He said it just like that!”

O’Brien added that after several generations of exclusively Irish genes getting passed on through his family he was doing things differently.

He said: “I stopped the madness. Let me tell you about my wife – she’s 50% Irish! – 25% Scottish, 25% Welsh.”

Take a look at the video below.

Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling

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