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21st Apr 2019

George and Amal Clooney ‘spending Easter in Ireland’

Keeley Ryan

George Clooney and his wife, Amal, are reportedly spending Easter in Ireland.

The couple are said to have checked into the Ballyfin Demesne estate in Co Laois on Saturday for a romantic mini-break.

According to the Sunday Independentthe actor said he was “delighted at finally reconnecting with his Abbeyleix relatives” on Saturday.

His ancestral family home is in Windgap, Co Kilkenny.

It’s not clear if the couple had landed in Ireland earlier in the week (or even the weekend), but the Ocean’s Eleven star is also said to have spent some time with Bono.

The publication report that Ballyfin Demesne did not comment on the story.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Lawyer Amal Clooney (L) and actor George Clooney attend a screening of "Money Monster" at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Ballyfin Demesne hotel was named the second-best hotel in the world last year in Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 list.

The picturesque spot opened its doors as a 5-star country house hotel with 20 bedrooms back in May 2011, after eight years of restoration.

The estate, set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, is described as “a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty”.

It is also said to be “the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world.”

The beautiful spot, which was previously a boarding school, spans more than six hundred acres and has hosted a few famous faces over the years.

This includes Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who stayed there on their 2014 honeymoon.

There are a number of activities available on the estate, including horseback riding, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry.

George and Amal got in engaged in April 2014, before tying the knot in Venice in September that year.

The couple welcomed their twins, Ella and Alexander, in June 2017.