Matthew McConaughey adores Irish culture and would like to send his kids to the Gaeltacht
Alright, alright, alright.
In an interview with The Irish Sun, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was happy to talk about the immense pride that he takes in his Irish heritage while also revealing plans for his children to learn cúpla focal at the Gaeltacht .
His mother's family hails from the Cavan/Monaghan area and the True Detective star wants his own children to learn more about their Irish roots and culture.
The Interstellar star said "“My kids are really privileged to call themselves Brazilian Irish. Irish Brazilian, how great is that? Connected to two of the most vibrant, colourful, exciting cultures on the planet. Both very different yet with so many similarities. It’s beautiful. It’s a gift".
Speaking about the plans that he has for his kids to learn more about the Irish language, McConaughey said “I gotta keep up the Gaelic. I want them reading the literature, I want Riverdancing, I want them saying, ‘grand’ and ‘lunatic to the marvellous. When they’re older, I want to send them to that Irish language summer camp you guys do, it’s like a rite of passage for you guys, isn’t it? When you’re teenagers. I want them fluent — which means I gotta do a crash course too.”
Anyone fancy teaching him a bit of Irish?
As many of you will know, McConaughey spent a fair bit of time in Ireland while shooting Reign Of Fire with Christian Bale in Wicklow. The actor also gave The Irish Sun some lovely quotes about how he feels connected to Ireland and it's culture. " I walked those streets, walked into tiny pubs with giant welcomes and warm hearts. That ‘f*** it, pull up a stool, tell me your story, I’ll tell you mine’, attitude, I loved it. That was paradise to me. I was coming home. I made friends fast, I sang, I danced. Heard stories and tales and jokes and anecdotes I’ll remember for a lifetime. I was back with my people. Take me home to my people.”
We would love to see him back.
In the meantime, here's Matt Damon's hilarious impression of him.