Acclaimed Hollywood actress Saoirse Ronan is expected to attend the premiere of hotly anticipated movie Tradition, which will be held at Cinema Killarney in October.

The Golden Globe winner is rumoured to be coming to town to support her father, Paul, who stars in the hilarious comedy centred around a controversial Gaelic football match. The film, which was produced, directed and co-written by talented local filmmaker Damien O’Callaghn, was shot entirely in Killarney and features cameos from a number of well-known celebrities, such as Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Pat Spillane and Marty Morrissey. All will be in attendance on the night, as will renowned British director David Putnam, casting directors Ros and John Hubbard, and comedian Brendan Grace.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, director Damien O’Callaghan thanked the people of Killarney and said the project was a testament to what could be achieved when we come together as a community.

“It’s great for Killarney,” he said. “We filmed around the town and we got some great footage of the area – I think the film shows Killarney in its best light. We got so much help from local people. This film wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Tradition will be screened as part of the gala opening of the Kerry Film Festival on October 17 and tickets sold out within two hours of going on sale. Locals will be hopeful that rumours of a second screening are accurate but the good news is that the film will be coming to all good cinemas in the not too distant future.

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