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Thursday 28 August 2014

Laura Dern will return to 'paradise' Kerry after award win

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30

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Laura Dern at Clogher Strand in west Kerry with her award from the Dingle International Film Festival. Photo: Don Macmonagle

Actress Laura Dern was so impressed by west Kerry she wants to move there.

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The Hollywood star was in Dun Chaoin last night where she received the Gregory Peck Excellence in Film Award from the Dingle International Film Festival.

"I'm in paradise," Dern said. "I'm so happy. It's my first time to visit here but it won't be the last. I want to come again and again. I want to move here. It's gorgeous.

"Everywhere I look is the most beautiful place I've seen on Earth. The people are the most kind and welcoming I've ever met and I feel like I've come home."

She took the opportunity to holiday in west Kerry for a few days with her children Ellery (12) and Jaya (9) and like any family, they did the usual tourist things including a boat trip to see Fungi the dolphin.

"He was the best surfer I've ever seen," she added.

Dern said she was delighted to come to the part of the world that had spawned some of her favourite writers and filmmakers.

She said she now understood they had come from an "inspiring place".

She said she was "moved" to receive an award named after screen icon Gregory Peck, but particularly in Kerry where the actor's roots were.

Peck's grandmother, Catherine Ashe, came from Minard outside Dingle and his filmmaker daughter, Cecilia, was also at the awards ceremony which was hosted in the Blasket Centre in Dun Chaoin.

A regular visitor to Kerry, she said she had been here twice with her father and twice since he died.

She said he would also approve of this year's recipient of the award in his name.

Irish Independent

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