The Irish ancestors of Hollywood star George Clooney were victims of grotesque human rights abuses that drove them out of their small cottage on the Kilkenny Tipperary border, the Sunday Independent has revealed.
George Clooney’s ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, and his siblings were driven out of post-Famine Ireland by the land-owning Irish around Windgap, Co Kilkenny. These wealthy Irish were involved in the “cleansing” of the Clooneys and their kith from their homesteads in the three years after the Great Famine ended in 1852.
After the Famine, during which a million died from starvation and disease and another million emigrated, there was a “survival of the fittest” battle among the natives as land ownership was consolidated. In the eyes of big farmers, their odious “middlemen” and the landlords, cottiers like the Clooneys had no rights and were effectively disposable.
And they used crooked law to get rid of the Clooneys and their neighbours.
George Clooney is married to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. It seems ironic that her husband’s ancestors had their human rights so badly abused.
The research into Clooney’s ancestry was conducted by Irish genealogy expert Fiona Fitzsimons, Director and General Manager at Eneclann, the Irish research firm. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
You can read much more in an article by Jerome Reilly in the Sunday Independent at http://goo.gl/FVHIH5 with further information available in the Eneclann Blog at http://www.eneclann.ie/2015/01/the-truth-behind-george-clooneys-irish-roots/.
The findings were also featured in the July/August edition of Irish Lives Remembered genealogy e-magazine. The 8 page article can be downloaded for free at http://bit.ly/1oabNpL.