Michael Fassbender is to be honoured in Killarney with the greatest accolade the town he grew up in can bestow.
He will be inducted to the Order of Innisfallen in recognition of his remarkable achievements in the film industry which has seen him nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.
The 39-year-old actor will be feted by the town's Chamber of Tourism and Commerce for helping to boost Killarney's profile on a world stage and for achieving great success in his chosen field.
The award will be presented to the star of such movie blockbusters as 12 Years A Slave, Hunger, Steve Jobs, Prometheus, Frank, Shame, MacBeth and Jane Eyre at a reception in Killarney on Friday, October 7.
The event will be followed by the inaugural Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce gala black tie ball in the Europe Hotel and Resort which is literally a stone’s throw from Michael’s family home in Fossa, where his parents, Josef and Adele, still reside.
Michael was once at 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 and, later, successfully chasing his dream to become one of the world’s most in-demand actors.
He was bitten by the acting bug when he joined the Bricriu Theatre Company, run by local man Donie Courtney, in Killarney, and he later moved to London which is still his base.
Despite his grueling filming schedule, Michael visits home on a very regular basis and he spent last Christmas with his family in Fossa, enjoying a number of nights on the town with friends during his stay.
Previous recipients of the Order of Innisfallen include singer Daniel O'Donnell who attracts thousands of fans to his concerts in Killarney every year, Isolde Liebherr whose family has been a premier employer in Killarney for decades and former Minister Jimmy Deenihan.