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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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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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