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Your chance to promote your town

By Sean Moriarty

The business community is preparing to put the town back on the map and is calling on Killarney natives to lend a hand.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is producing a series of promotional videos that show local people enjoying the best of the town, its famous beauty spots and its wide variety of attractions.

They want local people to feature in the videos and are calling on townsfolk to get in touch with them.

The idea is to record locals visiting their favourite location, either an iconic site or one that only locals would know about, and collate the various recordings into several promotional videos that will be broadcast on as many social media platforms as possible.

They want to record locals engaging in a favourite pastime, like cycling, fishing, golfing or walking, while using a local beauty spot or attraction as the backdrop.

The video will be created by a professional production company, all locals need to need to is contact the company (details at the end of the article) and set up a time and a place.

The production company will take care of the rest and as a result, locals will become the stars of the latest video that will be used to promote our town to the world.

“The point of this shoot is to show how it feels to be in Killarney, not how Killarney looks and the people in the shots are central to this. We want to film people that do not look out of place in various locations in Killarney town and National Park,” said Adrian McCarthy of Grandview Media. “Participants will be doing something for a few seconds that they have done before. Walking, cycling, hiking, taking a photo, standing admiring a view. They will not be expected to be an actor.”

The producers are particularly looking for families with school-going children who enjoy the great outdoors, and who hike in places like Torc Waterfall, Dinis Cottage, Strickeen and the Old Kenmare Road.

They are also looking for participants in their 20s who would showcase an ideal weekend in Killarney, promoting the vibrant town centre and more adventurous activities like horse-trekking, mountain biking, water sports or rock climbing.

“As well as some well-known spots, we are going to go a little bit off the beaten track but not so far away that you would only find locals there,” added McCarthy. “If you or anyone in your circle fits the brief now is your moment to offer up some of your time. Real people who actually know each-other are better onscreen than models or actors.”


If you like to participate in this project get in touch with Adrian McCarthy of Grandview Media on 086 1582923 who will explain the specific requirements of the project and book and create an appointment to record the video.



Fossa School says ‘bonjour’ to French classes



Fossa National School is giving its pupils a headstart in learning a new language.

The school signed up to Language Sampler scheme as part of the ‘Say Yes to Languages’ initiative in primary schools organised by Post Primary languages Ireland in 2021. This is the school’s third year running the module.

Hélène Olivier-Courtney, the school’s French teacher and director of French For All Killarney School of French, covers ten schools in Kerry over the three terms.

The success of the initiative relies on an all-school approach and the active involvement of class teachers and management.

“The whole staff in Fossa certainly helped make this new journey a special and enjoyable experience for the children as we learnt French through art, songs, games and food tasting! This year, we also organised a catwalk on our last day. Our sixth-class students will have such a head start before secondary school and most importantly will have develop curiosity interest and love for the language,” said Hélène.


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Opinion: Silent majority needs to stand up and call out far-right hate



By Chris Davies

Last Friday’s Dublin Riots should not have come as a surprise to anyone. It has been bubbling under the surface of Irish society for a good number of years now. The actions of a small minority last week was a culmination of years of racism, hatred and misinformation shared online by far-right groups.

Late on Friday night a disturbing WhatsApp voice note was doing the rounds on social media where a far-right actor could clearly be heard encouraging violence on the streets of Dublin. 

“’Seven o’clock, be in town. Everyone bally up, tool up…Any foreigner, just kill them”

Watching the Riots unfold on social media brought me back to when I was working in Dublin a number of years back. My morning commute from Skerries to the city centre involved a dart to Connolly Station followed by a short trip on the Luas to the Jervis. Every week, without fail, I would witness at least one racial slur or attack on someone who didn’t fit the narrow minded view of what an Irish person should look, dress or talk like. I don’t know if it is the eerie silence of public transport that seems to amplify the situation, but that’s where I found it to be most common. The abuse was usually perpetrated by a group of youths or someone who was clearly under the influence of drink or drugs. The victims were always of colour, often dressed smartly enough to presume they were on their way, or coming from work. A far cry from the perpetrators who you could tell were roaming aimlessly around the city looking for trouble.

While shameful to admit, I would often look on and watch the abuse unfold, only to spend the rest of my work day thinking about the poor person who was told to “F*&K off back to your own country”. I would sit at my desk questioning why I didn’t step in and say something. There were one or two occasions where I did step in and call it out, but not nearly often enough.  

This disgusting behaviour is much more visible in our cities. Since moving back to Killarney I wouldn’t witness as much direct abuse on the streets but working with the Killarney Advertiser I would be tuned in to local news and some of the comments I read on our social platforms are far worse than anything I witnessed during my time in Dublin.  

There is a significant group of people in Ireland that I would call the ‘silent majority’. We are not as outspoken on issues we care about. We tend to observe and consume the news quietly, and only speak of our support or disgust on certain issues in close circles, too afraid we might offend someone. The problem with this is that we are leaving these far-right groups unchallenged, to become louder, more aggressive and more hostile as seen last week. 

The past week Sinn Fein and the Social Democrats have been busy in the media expressing no confidence in Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris but I would suggest that there is a large percentage of the Irish population that bears some of the responsibility. We witness racism in our communities and online every day and we need to start speaking up and calling it out. 

On the issue of immigration in Killarney, there is no doubt resources are being stretched and our tourism industry is suffering as a result of an influx of immigration. Locals have also raised concerns in relation to the placement of so many male international protection applicants in one setting and we only have to look back on the incident in Hotel Killarney last year where a number of men were involved in a harrowing stabbing incident to see how that played out.  

However, being concerned around immigration is not the same as anti-immigration. It is important to raise these issues with local representatives and Kerry TD’s but also to separate ourselves from far-right groups who are only interested in encouraging violence.  

The anarchy we witnessed last week should never be the answer and research shows it is completely unnecessary. Harvard University have looked at hundreds of protests over the last century, and found that non-violent campaigns are twice as likely to achieve their goals as violent campaigns and that it only takes around 3.5% of the population actively participating in the protests to ensure serious political change.

Let’s continue to protest peacefully for issues we believe in, but stand up and speak out against people and movements in our community that incite hate and violence. 

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