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Fassbender finishes Le Mans despite two race crashes

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Hollywood A-lister and Fossa man Michael Fassbender gave a good account of himself during his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend.

FANDOM: Michael Fassbender's appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours was a firm favourite with fans. Photo: Porsche Media

SELFIE: One lucky fan gets a selfie with Michael Fassbender during the Le Mans 24 Hours race weekend. Photo: Porsche Media

Fassbender was tackling the world's toughest endurance race for the first time and the legendary event threw everything at him.

He still managed to finish 17th in class, just 14 laps behind the class winner after 24 hours of driving.

Fassbender shared driving duties with professional drivers Matt Campbell and Zach Robichon.

After three years racing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) – the recognised feeder series ahead of any Le Mans debut – Fassbender endured all sorts of calamities on his way to the finish.

Even before the race started on Saturday afternoon he was in trouble,.

On Wednesday evening he was involved in a high-speed crash during qualifying after a brake disc failed in his Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR.

His team worked around the clock to ensure the car he shared with Campbell and Robichon was ready for the start.

His inexperience in the race itself showed. ELMS events do not include night time driving.

Just before midnight, during his first stint under the cover of darkness he was punted off the track by another driver.

The crew were running well inside the top 20 of the Amateur class at the time.

Fassbender returned to the pits where his Proton Competition mechanics were able to repair the car. However, they lost several laps during the repair works and they re-joined in 22nd place in class.

He was in trouble again, shortly after 2am on Sunday morning, during his second turn at the wheel at night time.

This time it was all his own fault as he lost control of the Porsche on the approach to Dunlop Curves and got stuck in a gravel trap. He had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for help to arrive and return him to the track.

He and his two teammates recovered to finish 16th in class. The crew completed 329 laps of the 13km course over the 24 hours.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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