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Students get top acting tips from Hollywood’s Fassbender




It wasn't a typical day for students across the town schools - as they emersed themselves in drama class with none other than Hollywood A-Lister and Oscar nominated star Michael Fassbender.

The Hollywood actor and Killarney native was accompanied by Donie Courtney and well-known drama tutors Charlie Hughes, Gemma Doorly and Jessica Courtney Leen, as they paid a visit to St Brendan’s College, St Brigid's and Killarney Community College.

The German-Irish actor, famed for his roles in '12 Years A Slave', 'Hunger', and 'Steve Jobs' to name just a few, is a past pupil of St Brendan’s College, and gave the students a crash course in acting.

His West End House drama school currently provides classes to Transition Year and First Year students – all of whom were thrilled to get a surprise visit from Michael Fassbender himself.

West End House will be a space for young people in Killarney to explore the arts and will become a home for the art of storytelling. As a cultural centre of excellence, it will promote possibilities for employment in the arts, not just acting, directing or writing, but also lighting, sound design, editing and all the tributary departments that are integral to the art of storytelling.

"Great excitement when Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender arrived at school," PRO of St Brigid's Presentation, Sheree Murphy, said.

"Michael and his team did numerous workshops with students throughout the day. The West End House are currently working with Transition Year, LCA students and First Year students on a weekly basis."

Principal of Killarney Community College, Stella Loughnane, said that the school has always promoted the arts and has a strong tradition of hosting musicals, talent shows and encouraging creativity.

“We were delighted to get involved with the West End House drama school who are local and who are heavily connected to a respected Hollywood actor,  a fantastic role model for our students. The feedback from our students was overwhelmingly positive. Micheal was a true professional and very generous with his time.”

VISIT: Hollywood actor and Killarney man Michael Fassbender paid a visit to Killarney Community on Tuesday. Pictured l-r were: Deputy Principal Eilish O'Leary, Michael Fassbender, Principal Stella Loughnane and student teacher and Senior Kerry Footballer David Clifford.

St Brigid's students Amy Doyle, Éabha Rudden and Molly O'Donoghue pictured with Michael Fassbender.

St Brigid's students Lorna O'Donoghue, Anna Moynihan and Jane Sexton, pictured with Michael Fassbender.

St Brigid's students Clodagh Doolan, Áine Devlin and Anna Cashman pictured with Michael Fassbender.

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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