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Spielberg and his wife Kate on holiday in Ireland

Steven Spielberg has been enjoying a secret summer sojourn in Ireland.

Mr Spielberg has been travelling the length and breadth of the country with his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, and their teenage son.

They began their journey in the west where the Hollywood director and his family visited the Aran Islands and stayed at the Ballyvaughan country holiday homes in the Burren.

After spending quality time in the idyllic countryside amid the gentle life of Ballyvaughan village, Mr Spielberg and his family hit the east coast yesterday.

Locals were starstruck after spotting the director and his family in Rathmines earlier this week.

The internationally acclaimed director is thought to be touring the Emerald Isle strictly for pleasure.

A spokeswoman for The Irish, Film and Television Network said: “As far as we are aware Steven Spielberg is not working on a film in Ireland at the moment.”

Late last month Mr Spielberg and his wife were part of a David Whyte tour to Ireland, which involves poetry, spiritualism and walking tours taking in pilgrimage sites.

The walking group stayed mainly in Co Clare but they spent a day on Inis Mor, where the highlight was a visit to Dun Aonghasa, the cliff-top fort ruins. The group cycled to the fort early on Thursday afternoon and Mr Spielberg used a motorised bicycle.

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