Patrick Kielty opens up about his sons playing GAA in London

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley Pic: Brian McEvoy

While Patrick Kielty is a proud Co. Down man, he is currently based in London. However, that hasn’t stopped him from making sure his kids are connected to their Irish roots.

The Comedian and wife Cat Deely welcomed their first son Milo in 2016, and their second little boy James in 2018. And while they live in London, the boys are very connected to their Irish heritage, as they play GAA over there.

Patrick is a longtime fan of Gaelic football, and was a member of the Down GAA minor football team in his youth. He also recently attended the All-Ireland final in July. Alongside Paul Mescal, Dara Ó Briain, Adrian Dunbar and David O’Doherty.

In an Instagram Q & A on The Late Late Page, Patrick was asked if his children played GAA in London. With a follower writing: “Is your young cubs playing GAA over in London?”

Paul Mescal, Dara Ó Briain, Adrian Dunbar and Patrick Kielty
Twitter/Dara Ó Briain

“This is clearly a question from Tyrone, only people in Tyrone use the word cubs,” he began.

Explaining: “There are two cubs, so are your cubs playing Gaelic football? Yes, they are. The problem with it is they are playing Gaelic football during soccer matches.”

“So they are actually picking the ball up and kicking it into the net and get fowls blown against them.”

“I thought it was a good idea, I’m realising now it might be a bad idea,” he joked with a laugh.


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Prior to living in London, the family was actually based in Los Angeles.

However, after 15 years in the City of Angels, the couple return to Cat’s native England in 2020, settling in North London.

Explaining their return, the County Down native confessed it was a decision based around their growing family.

“What was weird about it was, it was Cat who wanted to do that, it was more her decision because of being a young mum and not having the family around and not having that network of cousins and brothers and all of that,” he said on the Mid-Point Podcast.

While the family has set up a base in London, the proud Dundrum man will always consider The Mourne County to be his home.

As he said: “For me, somewhere like London is not home, London’s never really going to be home for me – in my head I still live in a little village in Co Down, even though I haven’t lived there full-time for 30 years.”

“Living in London, my family was always a flight away anyway so that idea of it being a longer flight from LA wasn’t as much of a problem for me.”


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