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Harry Connick Jr

A US documentary show which traces the ancestral roots of A-list celebrities across the pond has revealed that award-winning actor and musician Harry Connick Jr boasts Northern Irish roots.

The Ps I Love You and Will and Grace actor discovered his great fifth grandfather, a Mr David McCullough, originated from the Co Down village on US programme, Finding Your Roots, recently.

Mr McCullough was born in Rathfriland in 1738.

He went on to become a wealthy sea captain and a ‘legal pirate’ before moving to Philadelphia where he had seven children and died aged 57.

It was through McCullough’s daughter Phebe’s family tree that Connick Jr’s Irish roots were revealed.

"That's so cool," responded the star when he discovered his Northern Ireland history.

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