Emer McLysaght: That time my friend phoned me from George Clooney’s loo, and other stories

Irish people are very good at being two degrees of separation from almost every famous person on planet Earth

Receiving a second degree of separation phone call from the Clooney bathroom is more thrilling than meeting Amal or George in person could ever be

Ireland is tiny, right? Everyone knows each other. You can’t go to the Gaeltacht without accidentally shifting your cousin and you can’t go to New York without running into your next-door neighbour on Fifth Avenue. It’s a game everyone loves playing. Our souls can’t be at rest until we find out how many degrees of separation are between us and every stranger we meet.

One thing we’re really excellent at, as a nation, is being ...