Hopes are building that Hollywood legend George Clooney will come to Laois during his promised trip to Ireland this summer with his wife Amal.
Clooney whose Irish cousins are from Abbeyleix, recently announced plans to visit.
“I’m embarrassed that I’ve never properly been there before now. I’ve been talking about going for years and Bono has been trying to get me to do a bike ride around Ireland with him. I’m definitely going to make a visit happen this summer. Amal has been several times, so she can show me around,” he said.
His Abbeyleix relatives are hoping to meet him, having welcomed his parents in 2008.
“We will have to show him around the big sights of Abbeyleix and bring him for a pint in Morrisseys, I’m sure we can come up with a few ideas,” said his cousin Fiona Clooney.
Songs have already been written in hopes of the visit. Local band Abbeyfolk have “Here’s to you George Clooney” while Kilkenny’s Corrigan brothers with “Welcome Home George Clooney”, are hoping George and Amal “will join us for a few songs”.