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Michael Fassbender to be honoured today by the town he calls home

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Actor Michael Fassbender and actress Alicia Vikander during the 73rd Venice Film Festival 2016 in September. PICTURE: MATTEO CHINELLATO/SHUTTERSTOCK

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FROM the bright lights, glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the warm embrace of the town he calls home, Michael Fassbender is to be honoured in Killarney today with the greatest accolade the town he grew up in can bestow.

He will be inducted to the Order of Innisfallen this evening in recognition of his remarkable achievements in the film industry which has seen him nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs and, in the process, for availing of every opportunity to promote Killarney on an international scale.

The 39-year-old actor will be feted by the town’s Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and the Killarney Municipal Area Council at a reception at Muckross House in Killarney National Park.

The award will be presented to the star of such movie blockbusters as 12 Years A Slave, Hunger, Steve Jobs, Prometheus, Frank, Shame, Macbeth and Jane Eyre and the event will be followed by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce gala blacktie ball

Michael’s family home is in Fossa, where his parents, Josef and Adele, still reside.

He 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 a significant contribution to the economy of Killarney. Previous recipients 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.
 


 
Above: Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander during the 73rd Venice Film Festival 2016 in September. PICTURE: MATTEO CHINELLATO/SHUTTERSTOCK

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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