By Martin Walsh
Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender will visit West Cork this weekend, as part of the Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes in Killarney, round four of the Irish Tarmac Championship, where he will drive a Mk 2 Ford Escort.
He is also event ambassador for the rally and in recent days visited all the schools in Killarney including those he attended in his earlier days when he lived in Killarney.
Fassbender will drive on some of the most demanding rally roads of Ireland, including stages in the Beara Peninsula such as Ardgroom, Cods Head and the Healy Pass.
In a glittering career he had a starring role in the mini series, Band of Brothers but really came to prominence for his part as IRA activist Bobby Sands in Hunger.
More recently, he starred in his own production, the western Slow West.
Fassbender began motor racing in 2016 following in the footsteps of the likes of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Last year he drove in the Ferrari Challenge series.
Fassbender will be at the ceremonial start in Killarney this evening from 6.30pm with all the other competitors and later will participate in a rally forum at Scott's Hotel at 8pm.
However, the roads of West Cork tomorrow will be a very different challenge from the racing circuits of America.
Welcome to West Cork, Michael!