Thursday 30 March 2017

Hollywood royalty Michael Fassbender returns to Kingdom to receive Kerry's highest honour

Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender arrives at Muckross House, Killarney, to be honoured by his hometown
Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender arrives at Muckross House, Killarney, to be honoured by his hometown

Barry Duggan

Hollywood star and Kerryman Michael Fassbender has been awarded his hometown's highest honour.

Fassbender was inducted into the Order of Innisfallen in Killarney in recognition of his achievements in the film industry.

The actor was joined at the ceremony in Muckross House by his Oscar-winning partner Alicia Vikander.

The pair met while they were making 'The Light Between Oceans', a romantic period drama about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue an infant girl who was adrift at sea.

Fassbender was also joined by his parents, Josef and Adele, who live just outside Killarney.

Celebrations continued at a gala black-tie ball in the five-star Europe Hotel and Resort after the ceremony.

Born in Germany to a German father and Irish mother, Fassbender moved to Killarney at the age of two and grew up there - where his parents ran a popular restaurant.

He was once an altar boy at the nearby Prince of Peace Church in Fossa and attended the local national school before going on to St Brendan's College.

He first came to prominence in 2008 with his portrayal of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the award-winning film 'Hunger'.

Going on to grab starring roles in the likes of '12 Years A Slave', 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Jane Eyre', he has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors.

Previous recipients of the Order of Innisfallen award include singer Daniel O'Donnell.

The honour is named after Innisfallen Island, which is arguably Killarney's best-known and most historical heritage site.

Irish Independent

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