Marie Louise McConville: Finally, a date with gorgeous George .....and Amal

George and Amal Clooney are running a sweepstake offering a double date with them at their home in Lake Como to raise funds for the Clooney Foundation for Justice. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

So, it's finally happened.

After waiting at least two decades, seeing all his movies over and over, even holidaying in Italy in the hope of catching a glimpse of him, finally, George Clooney has asked me on a date.

I always knew deep down that it would happen and to be honest, Darren was well warned before we got married.

He was told that while I love him, he was simply the man of the moment and really, long term, my heart belonged to George and if the offer ever came up, I'd be gone.

Darren will therefore be heartbroken to learn that George has asked me to come visit him at his stunning £10 million 18th century Lake Como villa.

Okay, so, the offer did not actually come from him and his stunning wife, Amal, and okay, they didn't mention me by name but I just know, deep down, the invitation is meant for me.

It all started last week when gorgeous George posted a video of his lovely self.

Speaking in the video, George said: "Hi, I'm Amal Clooney's husband George and we'd like you to come with us to Lake Como.

''That's right. To benefit the Clooney Foundation for Justice, we're inviting you and a guest to go on a double date with Amal, a world-renowned human rights lawyer, law school professor and a leading thinker on the concept of justice throughout the world.

"And me... an actor. Just picture it: you and Amal, wine in your hand, discussing current affairs while her husband... quietly serves lunch".

He further adds: "And I am the two-time Sexiest Man Alive. I played Danny Ocean in the Oceans movies".

In return, the winner will enjoy lunch with the couple and also have a photograph taken with them.

The winner's airfare will also be paid and they will be put up in a nearby four-star hotel.

In order to enter the sweepstake draw, interested parties can choose to pay a set amount, ranging from $10 for 100 entries to $5,000 for 50,000 entries.

Personally, I think this is all just a front so Amal doesn't know George wants to see me.

It's so sweet that he is going to so much trouble.

I suppose I'll just have to play along.

I mean I'm sure he and I will be able to steal a little moment here and there when he shows me around his luxurious estate which includes a villa with 25 rooms, ornately carved ceilings, massive bathrooms and a separate 'pizza room' as well as an outdoor theatre and swimming pool.


So, I guess there's only one thing left to do - can anyone lend me $5,000 to buy my entries please?

Come on, it's for a really good cause.


Oh dear, someone is feeling a bit gloomy about themselves.

English heart-throb Hugh Grant has said he is too old, ugly and fat to star in rom-coms any more.

The 58-year-old has also revealed that taking the male lead in such films left him with an inferiority complex.

"I've gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them any more, so now I've done other things and I've got marginally less self-hatred," he said.

Oh Hugh, I loved you in the Bridget Jones movies.

Here's hoping you'll reconsider, after all, what lady doesn't a swoon over an older man?



It's summer time and the sun is shining, so how do you fancy winning a pass to one of Co Down's most popular family attractions?

The Ark Open Farm, located on the Bangor Road in Newtownards, is the perfect location for the perfect day out with the kids.

Open all year around, the farm has something for all ages.

Aside from the many baby animals the kids can pet and cuddle, there's also the Duck Pond, where visitors can feed the ducks and pony rides.

There are also numerous outdoor play area and a kangaroo jumper to enjoy and don't forget the tractor barrel rides, the Creepy Crawly Loft, woodland walk and indoor play area.

And now, visitors can also enjoy the magical Fairytale Forest and Jurassic Ark and when you're all done, you can enjoy a sit down in the Cottage Café for some tasty homemade grub.

Further information about the Ark Open Farm is available at

I have three family passes for the Ark Open Farm to give away.

If you fancy winning a pass, simply email your name, address and telephone number – along with the answer to the question below – to

Closing date for entries is 12 noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

(Q) Where in Co Down is the Ark Open Farm located?

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The winners of the Toy Story 4 competition:

Angela Curran, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh and Paul Devlin, Coagh, CoTyrone.

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