Will Ferrell first established himself in the late 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live. From there the Irish-American went on to become the star of hit comedies such as Anchorman, Old School and Semi-Pro and has made numerous trips to Ireland with his brother, Patrick, and father, Roylee, to retrace the origin of their descendents in County Longford.
Ferrell is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic O Fearghail. This great surname originated in Longford and their chief known as Lord of Annaly resided at Longphuirt Ui Fearghaill (i.e. O'Farrell's fortress) from which the name of the county derives. So important was the surname that much space is accorded to them in the "Annals of the Four Masters". Will Ferrell is a regular visitor to the County and has appeared on Irish TV wearing the Longford GAA jersey.
Mel Colmcille Gibson is an and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series.
Gibson's first name is derived from Saint Mel, fifth-century Irish saint, and founder of Gibson's mother's native diocese, Ardagh, while his second name, Colmcille, is also shared by an Irish saint and is the name of the Aughnacliffe parish in County Longford where Gibson's mother was born and raised. Because of his mother, Gibson retains dual Irish and American citizenship.