Super Bowl star Tom Brady speaks about his pride in his Irish heritage
American Football star Tom Brady has spoken about his Irish roots and how he enjoys spending time in both Ireland and Scotland.
The New England Patriots quarterback has won a magnificent six Super Bowl rings throughout a hugely successful career.
In five of those six wins he was named as the MVP – the game’s most valuable player.
The 41-year-old has also appeared in more Super Bowls than every other team in the NFL – other than his own.
He is set to go down as an all-time-great of the game – not bad going when you consider he was only the seventh quarter back to be picked in the 2000 draft.
Brady’s family come from Cork and Co Cavan. His great-great-grandparents John, from Co Cavan, and Bridget, from Cork, were forced to emigrate to America as Ireland was ripped apart by the Great Famine.
They found work in Boston as servants and labourers for wealthy families in the area. They then joined Bridget’s sister and brother-in-law on the other side of the country in San Francisco where they settled after John found work at a saddlery business.
Brady said: “My father is 100 percent Irish. We took a trip over there together and visited some of the places where my family came from.
“That was a great experience for me and obviously, I am very proud of my Irish roots.”
He added that he is also fond of Scotland and urged Americans to make a trip across the Atlantic to give themselves a ‘sense of history’.
He said: “I’ve been golfing in Ireland and Scotland as well. I’ve really enjoyed my time over there. Anyone who’s been over to that part of the world comes away with a greater sense of history. I know this will be a great experience for the players.”
Do you qualify to become an Irish citizen?There are three main ways for a person to qualify for Irish citizenship – through birth, through marriage or civil partnership or through naturalisation. Check if you qualify for Irish citizenship
Did you know?People researching their Irish ancestry have received a welcome boost today as the Catholic parish registers are now available online. The registers are considered the single most important resource for researching Irish ancestry. Find out more.
Have you heard about…A Group of fun-loving ladies called the ‘Dancing Grannies’ wowed onlookers on a Belfast street with an impromptu Riverdance performance. Find out more.
What about this…‘The Irish Robin Hood’ - Redmond O’Hanlon is a legendary figure in Ireland. His ancestors had been a powerful family up until the 17th century, when their land was taken during the Catholic uprising and the Cromwellian invasion. So he became a highwayman. Find out more.