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Fassbender fails school audition!

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By Michelle Crean

He may be an Oscar nominated actor - but Michael Fassbender failed to secure an acting job to haunt a local school.

HAUNTED SCHOOL: Student Michale Pingo is ready to scare at the St Brendan’s College Haunted School next week.

SCARY: Getting ready to scare the community are students from The Sem Jack O'Brien Killian O'Gorman Harry Bolger and Lucas Cronin.

The students in St Brendan’s College who are preparing their second 'Halloween in The Sem' next week turned the Hollywood actor down for the role of a ghost.

The cameo appearance by the former Sem student was a publicity stunt on both TikTok and Instagram to get word out in support of the students' project as 'the most haunted school in Ireland'.

On the popular platform he appears in three short videos auditoning as ghost number 1, then 2 and eventually 15 - but still fails to make the grade.

Behind the scenes, the students were thrilled to get the acclaimed actor on board to help their project, drama teacher, Carol Hickson, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"He recorded a skit I wrote for him," she said, "auditioning to take part in our haunted school. It's had hundreds of views online."

Guests will get a guided tour through the scary corridors by two ghostbusters - and let's just say that there'll be plenty of bumps along the way.

Are the rumours of angry spirits true? Do the dead really roam the corridors at night? Why have so many students disappeared? Are you brave enough to join them on the hunt and find out?

The haunting, which will include a scary experience by 60 students of all ages, opens to the public next Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (October 28 to 31).

"They have been busy making props such as coffins and headstones. The internal garden has been turned into a maze with a graveyard. And there'll be a few surprises along the way."

On Sunday (October 30) from 5-6pm there will be an Autism friendly hour.

"If interested, please ask for this hour when booking your tickets."

There is a limited number of tickets for each night so book yours early!

Tickets: Adult €7, Student/Child €5, Family of 5 €25. Book in advance on 064 6631021. Family Friendly (10+).

Follow the story on Instagram and Tiktok: @halloweeninthesem22.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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