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Thursday 25 December 2014

Colin Farrell says 'follow that dream'

Donal Nolan

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

A still from the video Colin Farrell sent to the students of Listowel Community College.
A still from the video Colin Farrell sent to the students of Listowel Community College.

STUDENTS at a Listowel secondary school were blown away to receive a personal message from Hollywood star Colin Farrell at their annual media awards on Friday.

STUDENTS at a Listowel secondary school were blown away to receive a personal message from Hollywood star Colin Farrell at their annual media awards on Friday.

The Dubliner's recorded video message to the students of Listowel Community College received a rapturous response when revealed by the teacher responsible for the whole thing.

English teacher Mollie Burke was as dumbstruck as anyone when she received a response to an email request she had sent to Farrell's agent in advance of the media awards at the school.

Knowing Farrell was coming to film The Lobster in Kerry Mollie wondered, with fingers-crossed, if the star might be free to join the students on their big day.

"I decided to send if off and chance my arm, but I couldn't believe it when I got a response to say that Colin couldn't make it but would send on a personalised message to the students, it was amazing!" Mollie told The Kerryman.

In the video, which was shown to the students on Friday, Farrell gives one over-riding piece of advice: Always follow your dreams.

"Hello to all the students in Listowel Community College in the Kindgom of Kerry," the star of such blockbusters as In Bruges and Minority Report greeted all.

"I just wanted to wish you all the best of luck on your media awards day. Your teacher Mollie Burke invited me along but I'm working in California and I couldn't make it. But I just wanted to send a message of good luck and continued success in all that you do guys."

He urged the youngsters to be as supportive of each other as possible at all times.

"In leaning on each other and supporting each other and as a community, helping each other, realise your own individual dreams whatever they may be. And when you get out into the world, continued success in that classroom," he said, adding it was just a short hop from the Listowel classroom to "the bigger and more expansive, but even more exciting, classroom of the world for you all!"

"So I wish you all the best and I would love to be there but have a great day," he signed off to the delight of everyone.

Meanwhile, the first years took the prize for the best video montage on the day in a competition that saw students filming all aspects of their lives around the town and north Kerry.

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