Actress Mandy Moore's 'secret' visit to Tipperary to trace Irish roots

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Actress Mandy Moore's 'secret' visit to Tipperary to trace Irish roots

US actress Mandy Moore was in Tipperary recently as part of NBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

American actress Mandy Moore is reported to have spent several days in Ireland last week, including a stop in Holycross, in a bid to trace her Irish roots for NBC TV show 'Who Do You Think You Are?'.

The Princess Diaries star, who rose to fame in the early 00's, touched down in Ireland last week while tracing her father's lineage which took her to Holycross where she spent two days "uncovering her family's history."

According to a source on the NBC show, the actress was extremely eager to discover her Irish heritage and "jumped" at the chance to trace her family tree to Tipperary. 

Involved in tracing Moore's family records were local genealogical services, Tipperary Studies, who helped the TV production team track down documents for the show.

However eagle eyed locals were out of luck when it came to spotting the Hollywood star who according to local parish priest Fr Celsius Tierney "must have flown in under the cover of darkness."

"There's people talking about her being in the area but I can't say I met her myself. No one seems to have seen her so it must have been kept very quiet and there was probably confidentiality contracts to sign so we won't know until it airs. I don't even know who she is but she didn't call into the Abbey anyway," he told the Tipperary Star. 

Mandy, who also has Russian Jewish and English ancestry, started her Hollywood career as a singer supporting the likes of NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys before breaking into acting in teen flicks The Princess Diaries and A Walk to Remember and most recently as Rebecca Pearson on TV hit 'This Is Us' which earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 2016.

In an Instagram post the Hollywood starlet referenced her recent trip to her ancestral homeland, however fans of the 'Candy' singer will have to wait several months before the NBC genealogy show is broadcast.

"I just went on a trip around the world, asking questions and chasing answers because of my deep love for this lady, my grandma. She’s been heavy on my mind for the past few weeks and just missing her even more today. Eileen Friedman was a gem.