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A major gathering of O’Keeffe’s from all over the globe is in the works.

The massive get-together will be held in the Barony of Duhallow, Co. Cork, Ireland on September 9th-11th, 2016.

“We are calling on O’ Keeffes and their descendants from all over the world to come to Dromtarriffe, Kanturk, Co Cork, Ireland to visit their ancestral home,” said event organizers.

Dominic West, the British actor with the perfect American accent, star of The Wire and The Affair among other things, was in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry last Saturday for a 1916 centenary event honoring those from North Kerry who took part in the Rising.

West’s Irish roots run deep and he’s spent loads of time in Ireland in the past, including as an acting student at Trinity College where he met his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, who was raised in Glin Castle in Co.

Dr. Andrew Sneddon discovered that American novelist Mark Twain’s ancestor was the ‘witchfinder general’ during the Islandmagee Witch Trial in Belfast in the 18th century.

In his 2013 book, “Possessed by the Devil: The History of the Islandmagee Witches & Ireland’s Only Witchcraft Mass Trial” Sneddon found that witch hunter Edward Clements was the uncle of American author Samuel Clemens, who is better known by his pen name Mark Twain.

George Clooney speaks to Syrian refugees about how tough it is for new immigrants often. Photo by: The White House / Pete Souza.

George Clooney talked about his Irish ancestry and its importance while visiting Syrian refugee families in Berlin.

Clooney and wife Amal made a video about their own roots to help the Syrian refugees settle. Clooney spoke about his Irish roots and stated the way Irish immigrants were treated when they traveled to America, which he described as a "country of immigrants.

The fascinating story of the San Patricios, Irish immigrant soldiers who deserted the US army to fight for Mexico.

Findmypast is working in partnership with IrishCentral to share fascinating insights into your Irish ancestors. Click here to get a special half price subscription, and discover your Irish roots today!

As St. Patrick’s Day rapidly approaches, we begin to see Irish symbols and colors of green and gold everywhere.

Online parish records forever changing how we find our Irish ancestors.

Today marks a milestone for Irish genealogy. Ten million Irish Catholic parish register records spanning the years 1670 – 1900 are now fully indexed and searchable online and will be free to access forever from genealogy hub Findmypast.

The parish register records are among the most crucial for anyone tracing their Irish ancestry.

Who saw this coming? Deadpool, which references Liam Neeson and Sinead O’Connor, claims Irish ancestry. Photo by: Fox

Who saw this coming? Ryan Reynolds is the hottest star on the planet these days thanks to his Deadpool movie, which has mauled all comers across the globe to scoop up an unprecedented $500 million in only two weeks.

All of the duds Reynolds has starred in before have been quickly erased from memory thanks to Deadpool, which makes references to Liam Neeson and Sinead O’Connor.

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