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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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