Gorgeous George gears up for bike trip around Ireland

HIS fans always hoped that one fine day gorgeous George would come visit the land of his ancestors and finally their dreams are to come true.

George Clooney is finally coming to Ireland to take a road trip inspired by his friend Bono.

The Hollywood actor and producer, who has Irish roots on both sides of his family, told the Irish Examiner he is planning to make a road trip on his Harley Davidson next April. The trip had been planned several times, but cancelled due to other commitments, he said.

The routes he is choosing next spring were largely prompted by conversations with Bono.

“It’s finally happening,” he told the Irish Examiner in Toronto. “I ran into Bono here in Toronto, who was in town for the documentary about U2 and he’s as much of a bike nut as I am. He started telling me about lots of cool places I should check out, so I’ve committed to going there in April.”

The actor makes fond references to his Irish roots. His father’s great-great-grandfather, Nicholas Clooney, came from Co Kilkenny.

The name Clooney is an anglicised version of Ó Cluanaigh, which translates as a descendant of Clugnach, ironically meaning a “rogue or a flatterer”, given Clooney’s reputation to be both a charmer and a practical joker. His father’s mother’s maiden name was Guilfoyle — a name common in Co Clare.

The Oscar winner’s latest film, The Ides of March, opens next week.

See the full interview in tomorrow’s Weekend.

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