Friday 28 April 2017

First Pic: Michael Fassbender joined in Ireland for hometown's highest honour by Oscar-winning partner Alicia Vikander

Michael Fassbender with his partner Alicia Vicander and his parents Adele and Josef at a civic reception in Muckross House, Killarney on Friday evening.
Photo: Don MacMonagle
Michael Fassbender with his partner Alicia Vicander and his parents Adele and Josef at a civic reception in Muckross House, Killarney on Friday evening. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Michael Fassbender arrives at the Excelsior Hotel to promote the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender (R) and actress Alicia Vikander pose as they arrive at the Excelsior Hotel to promote the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander pose during a photocall of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender (R) and actress Alicia Vikander pose as they arrive at the Excelsior Hotel to promote the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander pose on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender poses on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender pose on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender pose on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander pose on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender poses on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender is still a Kerry lad at heart
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender pose on the red carpet before the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander attend the premiere of 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander attend the premiere of 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande
Actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander attend the premiere of 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande
Actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander attend the premiere of 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande
Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender attend a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Actor Michael Fassbender attends a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Actor Michael Fassbender attends a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender attend a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender attend a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender attend a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender (R) and actress Alicia Vikander pose as they arrive at the Excelsior Hotel to promote the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Michael Fassbender and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the premiere of the movie "The Light Between Oceans" presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
He has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors

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

The Irishman was inducted into the Order of Innisfallen - bestowed by Killarney in Co Kerry - in recognition of his remarkable achievements in the film industry.

The 39-year-old actor was joined at the ceremony in Muckross House in the stunning Killarney National Park by his Oscar-winning partner Alicia Vikander.

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

Fassbender, who was Oscar nominated for his role as Steve Jobs in last year's Danny Boyle's biopic of the Apple co-founder, was also joined by his parents Josef and Adele, who still 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 as his parents ran a restaurant.

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.

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

Going on to to have starring roles in the likes of 12 Years A Slave, Prometheus, Frank, Shame, Macbeth 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, arguably Killarney's best known and most historic heritage site.

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