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Michael Fassbender to be honoured in home town

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Michael Fassbender, pictured at this year's Golden Globes. The actor will be honoured by the Order of Innisfallen in Killarney in October.

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HOLLYWOOD superstar Michael Fassbender is to be honoured in Killarney with the greatest accolade the town he grew up in can bestow. The acclaimed thespian will be inducted to the Order of Innisfallen in recognition of his impressive achievements in the film industry which has seen him nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

The 39-year-old will be feted by the town’s Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and the Killarney Municipal Area for helping to boost Killarney’s profile on a world stage by achieving great success in his chosen field.

The award will be presented to the star of such movie blockbusters as Hunger, 12 Years A Slave, Steve Jobs, Prometheus, Frank, Shame, MacBeth and Jane Eyre at a reception in Killarney on Friday, October 7.

The event will be followed by the inaugural Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce gala blacktie ball in the Europe Hotel and Resort close to Michael’s family home in Fossa, where his parents, Josef and Adele, still reside. Details of that event are currently being finalised and will be revealed at a later date.

Michael was once an altar boy at the nearby Prince of Peace Church in Fossa and he attended the local national school before going on to St Brendan’s College and, later, successfully chasing his dream to become one of the world’s most in-demand actors.

He was bitten by the acting bug when he joined the Bricriú Theatre Company, run by local man Donie Courtney, in Killarney, and he later moved to London which is still his base.

The Order of Innisfallen is presented annually to recipients who have made an significant contribution to the economy of Killarney. Previous recipients of the include singer Daniel O’Donnell who attracts thousands of fans to his concerts in Killarney every year, Isolde Liebherr whose family has been a premier employer in Killarney for decades, Margaret Cahill, the former head of Tourism Ireland Europe and Brian Stack of CIE Tours International.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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