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A young Tiger Woods pictured on his first visit in Waterville Golf Club in County Kerry in 1998.
Picture by Don MacMonagle
  From Bricriu to Hollywood
tumultuous reception at the Market Cross. “It feels quite surreal but it’s very pleasant. There’s a general feeling of support of encouragement and lots of love – all the happy faces I see when I walk the streets of Killarney, he said again to great applause from locals and tourists from around the globe. Mayor Michael Gleeson presented Michael Fassbender, with a pen made of Arbutus Killarney wood and a Killarney- crested tie which the actor said he would proudly wear at gala events throughout the world. Michael who is single shares his time between London, New York and Hollywood. His parents have decided to sell their restaurant and spend more time with their daughter Catherine, who lives in Sacramento and not too far from Hollywood.
Michael Fassbender with his parents Adele and Josef
    Hollywood Hearthrob Michael Fassbender’s career began with a chance meeting with
Bricriu founder Donie Courtney
Michael Fassbender pictured at Ross Castle by Don MacMonagle
Michael Fassbender with Bricriu founder Donie Courtney
(about Bobby Sands), ‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘The Devil’s Whore’. His mother Adele is Michael Collins great grand niece so his republican blood stood him great stead helping him to win ‘Best Actor’ at the Chicago Film Festival in 2008 for ‘Hunger’. Next year Michael is working on four movies including ‘Haywire’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ and ‘X- Men: First Class’ While starring on stage might be nerve wrecking for any actor it was his homecoming public performance as ‘Grand Marshall’ at this years St. Patrick’s Day parade that delivered the butterflies. ‘Today is one of the proudest moment’s in my life – thank you Killarney’, he said in muffled tones after he received a
Michael Fassbender is Hollywood’s hottest actor commanding millions of dollars for his performances and it all began in his home town of Killarney. Michael was born in Heidleberg, Germany in 1977 to Josef and Adele Fassbender who moved to Killarney when he was only two years old. His parents worked in the Dunloe Castle Hotel and then took over the ever popular West End House Restaurant in Killarney. Michael attended Fossa National School and then St. Brendan’s College. At 17, he had long hair and wanted to be a guitarist in a heavy metal band or maybe
become an architect or journalist. English was his favourite subject. It was while a student at St. Brendan’s College in Killarney he noticed a sign on the notice board offering a new activity for Wednesday afternoons. Donal Courtney was offering a comedy and drama class. Shortly after, Donie offered Michael some parts with his amateur theatre group Bricriu. And so the seed of acting had been sown and from humble stage performances in the Arus Phadraig, Michael now graces the headline performances in top movies. He has won coveted awards for best actor in ‘Hunger’
   The Cronin’s of Muckross 40 years ago !
  What a wonderful family setting recorded in this historic photograph taken by Killarney photographer Kevin Coleman back in 1970 when Danny and Josie Cronin sat down at the table for their tea with their eleven children. Danny worked for the OPW and lived opposite Muckross House where he worked.
Danny passed away in 2008 while his daughter Anne now works in Muckross House.
Mary RIP
Danny RIP
Micheal Cronin Electrician, Thurles Anne Tangney Muckross House
Kevin Cronin Engineer, Dublin
Kay McCarthy Secretary, Supervalu, Killarney Brendan Cronin Builder, Killarney
John Cronin
Retired Physchiatric Nurse
Clockwise from left:
mother Josie Cronin
at home in Muckross
Baby Diarmuid Cronin
Electrician, Killarney
Paddy Cronin
Eircom, Killarney
Donie Cronin
Engineer Zurich & Australia
Con Cronin
Property Consultant, Dublin
   Hugo Kelleher Harness Maker Killarney.
Picture by Donal MacMonagle
 Republican Eamonn Kissane adresses a group in Tralee in the 1930’s.
Photo: Daniel MacMonagle -
Here’s the cheque
   Ras Tailtean heading down Port Road Killarney 1957

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