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Post by lucy on Mon Jan 09 2012, 15:55

IMO George didn't kiss The Blarney Stone, he went and made out with it!

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Post by Katiedot on Mon Jan 09 2012, 16:53

LOL lucy! Not sure who I feel sorrier for at the moment; George and the great weight of expectations for his holiday or the Irish and all the activities they've got planned for him.

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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by lolo"layla" on Wed Feb 01 2012, 02:43

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George Clooney's Irish roots are part of Titanic tale


Hollywood A-lister George Clooney's Irish descendant made carpets for the Titanic.

Sarah Clooney, who worked in a small factory in Co Laois, made carpets that were laid in the famous ship that sank on April 15, 1912.

As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaches this April, George Clooney is set to holiday in Ireland when he is expected to meet his long-lost Irish relatives.

'George Clooney's Irish Roots -- The real Descendants' by Kilkenny documentary maker Gabriel Murray -- explores a Clooney link to the midlands town.

Sarah Clooney worked in the carpet factory in Abbeyleix owned by Ivo de Vesci. She had originally come from Dunamaggin, Co Kilkenny but moved to Abbeyleix after her family were evicted from their land.

Sarah kept in contact with the famous actor's aunt, Rosemary Clooney, and the pair shared correspondence over many years, according to Mr Murray.

He interviewed Sarah's granddaughter, Fiona Clooney, for the new film.

"The documentary will prove how George Clooney has living relatives in counties Laois and Kilkenny," said Mr Murray.

"Fiona Clooney definitely has the movie-star good looks so they run in the family," he said.

Mr Murray has uncovered parish records to substantiate Clooney's Irish roots.

He recently discovered a baptismal certificate which verifies that George's great-great-grandfather, also named Nicholas, was born in Tullahought, about 25 miles south of Kilkenny city.

The feature documentary will be completed in April.
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Post by Cinderella on Wed Feb 01 2012, 02:52

Wow... that's great! So many treasures being found! I love this photo of him! Look at that chest! Thanks, Lolo!

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Post by lolo"layla" on Wed Feb 01 2012, 03:51

wow cindrella i didn't even look there ,don't be so bad he is like my brother LOL!

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Post by playfuldeb on Wed Feb 01 2012, 04:39

Im German, Indian and a tiny bit of English. Warrens from Kentucky. Wouldnt that be a hoot if George and I were related? !! Maybe we'd be kissin cousins, hehehe!

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Post by lolo"layla" on Wed Feb 01 2012, 04:42

brother or cousin it's all of the family love LOOOL Very Happy

i never really took it that serious he is just my funniest smart star!not more than that !

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Irish roots are part of Titanic tale

Post by sisieq on Wed Feb 01 2012, 19:07

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By Eimear Ni Bhraonain
Wednesday February 01 2012

HOLLYWOOD A-lister George Clooney's Irish descendant made carpets for the Titanic.

Sarah Clooney, who worked in a small factory in Co Laois, made carpets that were laid in the famous ship that sank on April 15, 1912.

As the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaches this April, George Clooney is set to holiday in Ireland when he is expected to meet his long-lost Irish relatives.

'George Clooney's Irish Roots -- The real Descendants' by Kilkenny documentary maker Gabriel Murray -- explores a Clooney link to the midlands town.

Sarah Clooney worked in the carpet factory in Abbeyleix owned by Ivo de Vesci. She had originally come from Dunamaggin, Co Kilkenny but moved to Abbeyleix after her family were evicted from their land.

Sarah kept in contact with the famous actor's aunt, Rosemary Clooney, and the pair shared correspondence over many years, according to Mr Murray.

He interviewed Sarah's granddaughter, Fiona Clooney, for the new film.

"The documentary will prove how George Clooney has living relatives in counties Laois and Kilkenny," said Mr Murray.

"Fiona Clooney definitely has the movie-star good looks so they run in the family," he said.

Mr Murray has uncovered parish records to substantiate Clooney's Irish roots.

He recently discovered a baptismal certificate which verifies that George's great-great-grandfather, also named Nicholas, was born in Tullahought, about 25 miles south of Kilkenny city.

The feature documentary will be completed in April.

- Eimear Ni Bhraonain


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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by Katiedot on Wed Feb 01 2012, 19:09

Just moving this to the thread about George's Irish roots.

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Post by sisieq on Wed Feb 01 2012, 19:14

Katiedot wrote:Just moving this to the thread about George's Irish roots.
Thanks! Didn't remember there was one.

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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by melbert on Wed Feb 01 2012, 19:49

My brain is dizzy enough! I thought I read this already, and thought I was going a bit mad! But, no, Katie's just messing with my head!!!! lol

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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by Katiedot on Wed Feb 01 2012, 19:55

Hello!

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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by it's me on Wed Feb 01 2012, 20:15

the Titanic?
April?

....doesn't sound good.... Suspect

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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by Katiedot on Wed Feb 01 2012, 20:18

and it's 2012!! Spooky!!

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Post by it's me on Wed Feb 01 2012, 20:30

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Re: George and his Irish roots

Post by Katiedot on Wed Feb 01 2012, 20:31

Titanic

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Post by it's me on Wed Feb 01 2012, 22:18

better get a whole bunch of

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Post by watching on Fri Sep 21 2012, 13:48

Family cries foul on false George Clooney story in South Kilkenny
Published on Wednesday 12 September 2012 10:02


“The ‘Freddie Starr Ate my Hamster’ story of Irish genealogy”

Genealogists have shown that the story of George Clooney’s Irish roots, widely publicised earlier this year, doesn’t stand up to closer examination. Although ‘Gorgeous George’s’ ancestors did in fact originate in Knockeen, Windgap in South Kilkenny research commissioned by the Burke Family has shown that most of the story broken in 2011, has no factual basis.

The Clooney family were not evicted during the Famine, but remained on their land until the mid 1850s when it was sold as a bankrupt’s estate. The younger generation of Clooney’s emigrated as a group. And there is no proven link to a family of the same name in Abbeyleix despite bogus attempts to claim there are.

Furthermore, the Kilkenny People has learned there has been no contact whatsoever between with the actor, his agent in Los Angeles and the Clooney wanabees in Abbeyleix. And George Clooney’s ancestors have no proven link with the Titanic.


Speaking yesterday (Tuesday) Noreen Burke Hayes, a direct relation of George Clooney, declared herself satisfied with the research commissioned from Eneclann, the country’s most respected genealogist specialists. “We were brought into the story, because my ancestral home in Knockeen, is in fact the Clooney homestead,” she explained.

“My great-great grandmother Mary Welsh was a niece of the Clooneys. In the 1850s the younger generation of Clooneys left for America, and my great-great grandmother and her husband, newly married, took over the family farm. The house and land has passed by descent through my family to the present generation - in fact I was the last family member born there,” she told the Kilkenny People.

“We’re not historians but we wondered how the Clooneys could have been evicted from Knockeen during the Famine, and yet still be there in the 1850s,” Noreen said.

Eneclann’s research director Fiona Fitzsimons commented: “When we began research on the Clooney family of Knockeen, our first real problem was to differentiate fact from fiction. The story was based on actual research undertaken in 2005 by an American genealogist, but it added a whole layer of new material including the claim that George Clooney’s ancestors made carpets for the Titanic. As professional genealogists our research team is used to family stories that have been embroidered in the telling over generations. But this was the ‘Freddie Starr Ate my Hamster’ story of Irish genealogy. All joking aside, genealogy is real history, albeit sketched out on a smaller canvas. It’s a shame to see it being misappropriated in this way.”

Some years ago, Geoge Clooney’s father Nick came to Kilkenny to find his roots and went to Windgap but never made it to the ancestral home.

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Post by Nicky80 on Thu Jul 03 2014, 16:44

There is an audio in the link as well for 3:30 minutes about this story about the person who found that information


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Clooney's Irish ancestor was "victimised"

George Clooney's direct Irish ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, was "systematically victimised" by the authorities and prosecuted under a long forgotten law for working on the Sabbath, according to newly uncovered court records.

Nicholas Clooney was one of many cottiers in Windgap in Kilkenny in the 1850s who fell foul of "middlemen" who tried to force framers off the land so they could amalgamate small holdings into bigger farms.   

Speaking on Morning Ireland this morning (July 3), genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons said she had uncovered previously unavailable court records which showed "systematic harassment" of the Clooney family in 1852 by middlemen in the aftermath of The Famine.

"There were two court records that show that Nicholas Clooney had been forcibly stopped from planting oats in a field and that his implements had been thrown over a ditch." said Fitzsimons.

Three months later, a second court record showed that Clooney was prosecuted for working on the Sabbath, an old law which the authorities usually ignored but which remained on the statute books.

"Suddenly we saw in late August 1852 the authorities systematically prosecuting all these people in this one parish for breach of the Sabbath," said Fitzsimons. "And when I went back and made a cross comparison with the land records, I realised that all the people being prosecuted were cottiers."

George Clooney no longer has any blood relatives in Windgap but there are remaining members of the extended Clooney family living in the area. Fitzsimons also said that she did not think anyone had told Clooney of these recent revelations about his ancestors 

A free genealogy advice centre has opened in The National Library in Dublin and will run up until the end of September.

Click on the audio link above to hear the full Morning Ireland report

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New Genealogy report on Clooney Ancestry.

Post by What Would He Say on Thu Jun 04 2015, 22:57

Clooney day today.

Just watched the news @ 10pm.... and this, in the world we live in, was a lead item... I thought they already knew who, where, what....

Will try to post news report off the telly if I can....


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George Clooney’s Kilkenny roots revealed

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The controversy surrounding the tracing of George Clooney's roots to the South East of Ireland appears to have been resolved.



A genealogy expert has shown UTV Ireland evidence from land records which prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that George Clooney's ancestors lived on land in Knockeen in Windgap, Co. Kilkenny.
Known as the "Clooney homestead", George Clooney’s ancestral house and land has since been passed down through the Burke family.


Noreen Burke Hayes, the great granddaughter of Richard Burke, said that her father always talked about how the Clooney’s lived in her house.
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“He was a great historian in his time. He always mentioned the fact that the Clooney’s lived in the house and that a Burke man married in,” she explained.
Fiona Fitzsimons from genealogy service Eneclann, has been scrutinising documents to verify the Burke families claims.
"Nicholas Clooney, born in 1829 in Windgap Co Kilkenny is George Clooney's great, great, grandfather, so he is his direct ancestor.
“We know that the Clooney's settled in Kentucky, and they remained in Kentucky for the next four generations,” she said.
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In August of 1852, Nicholas Clooney and six other farmers known as cottiers, were jailed for illegally working on the Sabbath.  
It was an old law, which the authorities usually chose to turn a blind eye to.
"Nicholas Clooney was convicted and he was fined four shillings and two pence. Now, I sat down and did that math and that actually works out as the equivalent of eight days wages for a labouring man.
“So it was a sizeable sum for somebody who was already feeling the pinch. It was a sum that he was unable to pay and he served four days hard labour in lieu of the fine which he couldn't beat,” explained Fiona.
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Following his release from prison, Nicholas Clooney and his siblings emigrated to the United States in search of a better life, leaving behind only his widowed mother Mary Clooney who became the link to the Burke family who now live on the Clooney homestead. 
"Mary Walsh, who was a niece of the Clooney's, came to live here in Knockeen with her widowed aunt Mary Clooney. While she was here she married Richard Burke, a boy who lived next door, and they continued to live here and had eight children,” said Noreen.
It is not known yet if George Clooney himself will visit Kilkenny in the coming months, but an invitation has been extended to the Hollywood A-lister and his wife Amal.
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jun 04 2015, 23:30

This is not a new story, is it?

The timing is interesting tho given that Miguel Ferrer arrived there last week and went to both Windgap and Kilkenny........

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Post by Nicky80 on Fri Jun 05 2015, 21:26

Merged threads

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