8 People You Never Knew Were of Irish Descent

For a small nation, our diaspora definitely punches well above its weight on the international stage.


We all know Obama’s just a little bit Irish, Michael Flatley’s more at home here than Enda and that the Kennedys have their roots in Co Wexford. But there are a lot more where they came from.

Wanna know who? Well then, here are eight we rate.

Turns out the village of Inishatieve in Co Tyrone just might smell of Teen Spirit, cos that’s where Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain’s ancestors hail from. #whoknew

He’s not from a galaxy far, far, away, but Ireland. Yup, seems Han Solo, er, we mean Harrison Ford, originally hails from the auld sod. Sound.

There might be just 1/16th of our good Irish blood in her, but that’s enough to claim Beyonce as our own, surely?

The English-born son of Irish parents, he went to college in Trinity, he’s married to the daughter of the Knight of Glin and if he hadn’t played Oliver Cromwell (and, er, Fred West), sure we’d nearly invite Dominic West to move in.

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha was discovered as a teenager when she was competing at an Irish dancing competition. No, really.

The clue might be in the fact he named his daughter Ireland: Yup, Alec Baldwin (and his posse of brothers), have Irish blood. He’s tweeted before that the reason he named her thusly was because “She’s beautiful but can’t manage her finances.” Yeouch.

The Affleck name might be of Scottish origin, but there’s some Irish blood in Ben. Which we knew, because where else would he have gotten those dashingly handsome good looks from, huh?

Of French, English, German, and Irish descent, Clearly Ellen DeGeneres got her funny bone from the Irish part of her heritage.



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