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Alec Baldwin tweets joke about why he called his daughter Ireland

It’s pretty funny.

Alec Baldwin with his daughter Ireland.
Alec Baldwin with his daughter Ireland.
Image: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

ACTOR ALEC BALDWIN has explained exactly why he chose to call his daughter Ireland – and it looks like he predicted Ireland’s economic disaster even back in the 1990s.

Asked by a Twitter user today why he chose the name, Baldwin responded: “Bc she’s beautiful but can’t manage her finances”. Touché!

Ireland, Alec’s daughter with former wife Kim Basinger, was born in 1995 (before the Celtic Tiger had even really kicked off).

The name choice looks like a classic case of nominative determinism (albeit retrospectively), in which a person’s name also applies to their life.

The 30 Rock star obviously knew what he was doing.  Well done, sir. Well done.

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