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Sir Sean Connery has Irish roots, claim researchers

22-Dec-2005 • Actor News

And we thought that Pierce Brosnan was the only Irishman who could lay claim to portraying the British superspy James Bond - reports Irish Abroad.

Now it turns out that Sean Connery, the quintessential Scotsman, has lots of Irish blood flowing through his veins. Researchers in Co. Wexford, according to a local paper in the country, have discovered that his great-granddaddy was a traveller from Co. Wexford.

The granddad in question, James Connery, was a poor Irish traveller who left Ireland for greener pastures in Scotland at the turn of last century. The elder Connery, a Catholic, found work as a labourer, but died of bronchitis in 1914.

Connery won an Oscar for his role as a Chicago Irish cop in The Untouchables in 1987, but the Irish accent he used in the film was voted “worst accent of all time” in a poll.

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