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Calls for common sense approach to refugee crisis

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By Sean Moriarty

A former mayor of Killarney who is a board member of KASI has become voice of reason following last Sunday’s violent episode in Hotel Killarney.

A total of six people were injured and eight arrested following a fracas at the hotel that is home to a number of people seeking International Protection (see separate stories).

KASI’s role in Killarney is to help new arrivals settle in their new surrounds by offering English classes and guidance on how to access services. It does not influence Government policy in anyway.

Michael Gleeson sits on the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre (KASI) board.

He told the Killarney Advertiser that the government has made mistakes in accommodating refugees and International Protection applicants in Killarney but that is not an excuse for people to engage in racism.

“KASI is opposed to all racist commentary, the asylum seekers and Ukrainians are not here of their own ruminations. Some of them are coming from very traumatic situations and have risked life and limb,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We, as a relatively affluent country, must help in the short term until we determine where their future lies.”

However, he added that the government has made mistakes and that too many people were placed in Hotel Killarney and that is leading to the problems witnessed on Sunday night.

“The density of the population is excessive, at the time there was an influx of Ukrainians, and a large number of asylum seekers and emergency action was taken,” he added.

“I hope that the minister will look at relocating people to a more appropriate setting that is in line with their ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations.”

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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