HE is already well acquainted with UFC star Conor McGregor and chat show presenter Ryan Tubridy and now popular Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell has added another celebrity buddy to his growing list.
He met up with multi-talented film star Barry Keoghan at the world premiere of the shot in Killarney movie Tradition which opened the 19th Kerry Film Festival last night.
The audience was like a who’s who of Irish life with comedian Brendan Grace, broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and veteran actor Pascal Scott joining hundreds of locals in Cinema Killarney.
And they almost had to form an orderly queue to meet Ian (17) who came to national attention when he appeared on the Late Late Show to share his story of how he was paralysed from the shoulders down after a freak fall from his bicycle last year and insisting that if he couldn’t stand up he would stand out.
Posting a snapshot of himself with Ian on Instagram afterwards, Barry Keoghan remarked: “I got to meet a man who I watched on the Late Late and was touched by his words. He has the best attitude in life”
“I got to chat with him for a couple of minutes and the positivity that man has is inspirational. All the love brother”.
Keoghan, whose partner Shona Guerin is from Beaufort, is the highly-rated star of Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Trespass Against Us, Love/Hate and, more recently, Black 47.
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