Dern wants to live here after award
SHE won't be making an appearance in the upcoming Jurassic World, but Hollywood actress Laura Dern will definitely be back in Kerry again.
The star of Jurassic Park and The Fault in Our Stars was in Dun Chaoin last night, where she received the Gregory Peck Excellence in Film Award from the Dingle International Film Festival.
"I'm in paradise," Dern said. "I'm so happy. It's my first time to visit here but it won't be the last. I want to come again and again. I want to move here. It's gorgeous.
"Everywhere I look is the most beautiful place I've seen on Earth. The people are the most kind and welcoming I've ever met and I feel like I've come home."
The actress took the opportunity to holiday in west Kerry for a few days with her children Ellery (12) and Jaya (9) and like any family, they did the tourist things, including taking a boat trip to see Fungi the dolphin.
She said she was delighted to come to the part of the world that had spawned some of her favourite writers and filmmakers, including Jim Sheridan, who presented her with her award.
Ms Dern said she now understood that they had come from an "inspiring place".
She said she was "moved" to receive an award named after screen icon Gregory Peck, but particularly in Kerry where the actor's roots were.
Peck's grandmother, Catherine Ashe, came from Minard outside Dingle and his filmmaker daughter, Cecelia, was also at the awards ceremony hosted in the Blasket Centre in Dun Chaoin.
A regular visitor to Kerry, Cecelia said she had been here twice with her father and twice since he died.
She said he would also approve of this year's recipient of the award in his name.
Jim Sheridan said last night that he'd like to bring Laura Dern back to Ireland to make a film.
Mr Sheridan is a previous winner of the award, which he scooped in 2009.