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Meryl Streep’s roots traced to Donegal

Meryl Streep arriving at the European film premiere of The Iron Lady at the BFI Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ IronLady. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Meryl Streep arriving at the European film premiere of The Iron Lady at the BFI Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ IronLady. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Hollywood star Meryl Streep’s roots have been traced to Donegal.

The New Jesrey born actor’s maternal great-great-grandparents were born in the Dunfanaghy area according to research published in the January edition of Irish Lives Remembered.

Manus McFadden and Grace Strain, who were from the townland of Muntermellan, married in the Roman Catholic Chapel of Doe in the parish of Clondahorky in February 1864.

Genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons of genealogy company Eneclann, who also researched President Barack Obama’s genealogy, writes that couple almost immediately left for America and arrived in New York in April. Six years later they had settled in Pennsylvania.

The article describes the housing conditions that both the Strain and McFadden families would have lived in at the time the actor’s great-great-grandparents left for the America.

Meryl Streep came to Donegal in 1994 to film Dancing at Lughnasa.

To see the full article go to: https://interactivepdf.uniflip.com/2/71043/321104/pub/

 

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