George Clooney speaks about meeting his Irish relatives – and not being able to understand them

George Clooney with Jimmy Kimmel

George Clooney has revealed that he struggled to understand his Irish relatives when he visited them recently.

The Hollywood superstar has Irish ancestry thanks to a great-great grandfather called Nicholas Clooney.

George Clooney with Jimmy Kimmel

Nicholas left Co Kilkenny and headed to the US to start a new life in Kentucky.

George recently visited Ireland where he met many of his long-lost family members at an Easter party, he and his wife hosted at the hotel Ballyfin House in Co Laois.

He loved every minute and recently spoke about his time in Ireland with American chat show star Jimmy Kimmel.

Clooney revealed that he found Ireland to be ‘spectacular’ but couldn’t understand his relatives.

He said: “We walked into this castle and I thought ‘the Clooneys are doing alright over here’ and we spent the afternoon trying to understand what they were saying.

“I also have to say that there is this other part of you which you sort of do feel this weird connection to. You can see some resemblance in the eyes and things like that.”

It was the first time that the actor and director had visited his ancestor’s homeland.

He added: “My name is Clooney so you would think I should have gone there. We left in 1857 so most of the folks are dead.”

While Clooney was in Ireland he also visited Bono at the rock star’s home.

He said: “We travelled with a whole crew of people we went to Bono’s house for Easter as you do.

“We try to only do Easter with rock stars – it was really a beautiful day”.

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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling