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These celebs weren't born in Ireland, but that doesn't mean they can't call it home!
From Jeremy Irons somewhat infamous pink castle, to Sarah Jessica Parker's Donegal cottage, these stars lay their heads in the Emerald Isle as often as they can.
Here are some of the more famous people with Irish abodes:
Two-time Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who is known for his intense method acting, has lived in the remote Wicklow mountains for 15 years, valuing his home as a place to restore himself for his next big film project.
The English-born Irish citizen, whose father is the Irish born Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, was even named the first Freeman of Wicklow this past April because “of his Oscar wins, his contribution to cinema and the reflected honor he has brought to County Wicklow.”
Day-Lewis, his wife, Arthur Miller’s daughter, Rebecca, and his two sons divide their time between their U.S. and Ireland homes. Recent reports out of Ireland claim that the family might be moving back to the States full time for the sake of Rebecca's writing career, but here's hoping the wonders of their Wicklow home will keep them there for a while yet.
Critically acclaimed English film and stage actor Jeremy Irons has not one, but two homes in Ireland.
Irons, whose mother was Irish-English, most famously owns Kilcoe Castle in County Cork, which he and his wife, Irish actress Sinead Cusack, restored and painted burnt peach/pink to “bring a bit of warmth to West Cork.” The actor has become rather involved with local Irish politics in the area.
The “Brideshead Revisited” and “Lolita” actor also owns a home in Dublin.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t Irish, but since her husband, Matthew Broderick is, the celebrity couple spends a considerable amount of time in the Emerald Isle.
Broderick, whose father is Irish Catholic, spent his summers in Donegal as a child, and now, he and his family split their time between their New York City digs and their Muckros, County Donegal holiday cottage.
Broderick's parents own a home nearby in the tiny village of Kilcar.
The couple has recently revealed that they plan on bringing their newborn twin girls, Marion and Tabitha, along with their six-year-old son, James Wilkie, to Ireland this August.
After a fire destroyed her Malibu estate in 1970, the legendary Angela Lansbury moved her family to a rural area of County Cork, which she says was a “blessing in disguise,” as it led her children to lead a more innocent (and less drug-fueled) life.
Lansbury’s family sold their original Irish house. But these days, when Lansbury isn’t busy on the New York stage, she happily enjoys her semi-retirement at her full-time home just outside Ballycotton, County Cork.
Not only has Angela Lansbury frequented Ireland, but so has her “Murder She Wrote” character Jessica Fletcher, who once visited the country in an episode of the hit TV show.
Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley owns properties in Barbados, Chicago, France and London.
But his most famous, and most prized home, by far is his Irish estate in County Cork, Castlehyde House.
The man responsible for the “Riverdance” phenomenon spends most of his time with his Irish wife, Niamh O’Brien, and their son, Michael St. James in their historic Irish home, which they have restored to its former 18th century glory.
In 2007, Flatley was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cork.
Actors and Irish dancers aren’t the only celebrities to enjoy the Irish life: English Rolling Stones bassist Ronnie Wood has spent plenty of time in his home in rural Ireland.
The legendary rocker and his second wife, Jo Wood, the mother of his two children, were co-owners of a house in County Kildare.
Since splitting with his wife, Ronnie has moved out of Ireland, and is mostly spotted in around London cavorting with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Ekaterina Ivanova.
But at least Ireland can say it once laid claim to the rock star!
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
Another rocker and British transplant that lives in Ireland is Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott (no, not the guy with the one arm).
The lead singer of the 80s rock band currently lives in Dublin with his wife, Kristine.
Elliott’s Irish digs are complete with his own personal recording studio, what he calls “Joe’s Garage.” It’s his Irish studio where the singer and musician has recorded and produced for many major artists, and where other musicians have recorded while Elliott’s on the road with his band.
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