George Clooney refers to his Irish ancestors in refugee speech 4 years ago

George Clooney refers to his Irish ancestors in refugee speech

George Clooney spoke at the humanitarian Aurora Prize ceremony yesterday in Armenia, and referenced his Irish heritage in speech about refugees.

According to The Irish Times, Clooney gave a passionate speech about the refugees crisis and spoke about his family's history.

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He told the crowd that his family became refugees after fleeing Ireland to come to America saying:

"The Clooney family fled a famine in Ireland to come to the United States where their very survival required a room, a meal, a helping hand.

“We call them refugees, but they’re just people, like you and me. And if you stand right in front of them and take a look deep into their eyes, you might just see an Irish farmer fleeing a famine.”