first_imgActor Michael Kelly with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards.A Hollywood star has revealed he has direct Donegal ancestry and is coming home to spend a holiday here.Actor Michael Kelly is known to millions as the star of Netflix blockbuster House of Cards.And Kelly, who plays the American President’s bagman in the show, has revealed he is planning a holiday back to Kerrykeel. “I’m going to take my dad and brother and go to Donegal. My father doesn’t drink any more. He was a big drinker.“But my brother and I are still drinkers and I don’t care if we go just for 24 hours. Let’s just get dad, go drink some pints and get some Irish sweaters, sees where dad’s dad lived and see our heritage,” he said.Kelly, whose character Doug Stamper is a huge hit with fans, stars in the TV drama with acting A-lister Kevin Spacey.He revealed he has a picture of the thatched cottage in Kerrykeel from where his grandfather hails. “Kerrykeel, that’s where my grandfather was from and his house was, and we have a picture of it. It has a thatched roof and whitewashed plaster walls.“It was in a remote area and he was not a well-to-do man but he had a gel of a work ethic and he and his wife came over on a boat.“He sent a postcard over to Ireland and my brother framed the postcard that my grandfather had sent home to his parents from the boat and gave it to my dad for Christmas.“It was so touching and the writing on the postcard was “don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine, everything will be great.”“This was typical optimistic Irishness when he was leaving everything behind to start his new life and it must have been terrifying, pitting that face on…” he said. Kelly’s Donegal grandfather went on to become a superintendent of an apartment building in Philadelphia.“He did it with great pride and he was an incredible man and he passed on that work ethic to my father and he passed it to me,” added Kelly.HOLLYWOOD STAR PLANNING RETURN TO DONEGAL AFTER DISCOVERING HIS LOCAL ROOTS was last modified: March 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHouse of CardsKerrykeepKevin SpaceyMichael Kellyrootslast_img

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