By staff reporter
FUNNYMAN Jimmy Carr, whose parents are from Limerick City, has been presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage.
The deadpan comedian and TV presenter was presented with his Certificate by the Mayor of Limerick ahead of his sold-out Saturday night show at the University of Limerick Concert Hall.
The 41 year old Hounslow-born comedian said he was “honoured and delighted” to receive the Certificate, which is signed by the Taoiseach and recognises the contribution made by members of the Irish Diaspora worldwide.
Carr, who presents Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, is now in illustrious company – other notable recipients include Tom Cruise, Caroline Kennedy, Daniel Day Lewis and President Obama’s daughters.
Presenting the Certificate to Mr. Carr backstage, Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Kathleen Leddin said: “Jimmy is very proud of his parental connections with Limerick and certainly has an emotional attachment to the City and Ireland.
“He was very honoured to receive this Certificate, which I think is a wonderful initiative to recognise and celebrate Ireland’s Diaspora. We are delighted that Jimmy has confirmed he is planning a return to Limerick in 2014 when the City becomes Ireland’s first National City of Culture.”
As part of the Gathering Ireland initiative, each local authority was invited to nominate a person of Irish decent and born outside Ireland, to receive a Certificate of Irish Heritage, and Limerick nominated the comedian given his parental connections to the city.