Actor John Hurt was disappointed to learn that his ancestors were not Irish aristocrats. In fact, they weren't Irish at all.
He felt so close to the country that he even moved there for a spell. Now he can no longer be included in the roll call of great Irish actors.
"As far as I was concerned I was Irish," he said. "My disappointment was that they had managed to prove that the one thing I thought I did have was Irish blood and I haven't got any." [Link]