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Give your garden the WOW factor with PST Lawns



Artificial grass is becoming more and more popular with homeowners all over Ireland as a low maintenance alternative to a natural grass lawn. Gardens are not just seen as an outdoor area anymore, but as an extension of your total living space. It’s like having another room in the house!

Kieran Donaghy here from PST Lawns, Ireland’s leading supplier of premium artificial grass. For over 12 years we've been supplying top quality artificial grass to homeowners and landscapers nationwide.

We have a brand-new warehouse in Monavalley, Tralee fully stocked with a wide range of the highest quality artificial grass products designed specifically for landscaping. Grass types range from 25mm to 40mm pile height to create an instant low maintenance lawn. Here are a few frequently asked questions I get asked...

Is artificial grass safe for children?

Absolutely, kids love it! Our grass provides a clean and safe area for your kids to play all year round. For extra peace of mind, you can install shock pad foam underlay underneath to provide additional shock absorbency and give kids that extra little bit of protection.

Is artificial grass easy to install?

The great thing about our artificial grass is that it can be laid over pretty much any surface and it’s very easy to install. Installing the artificial grass yourself is a great way of saving money, and if you have basic DIY skills it’s very straightforward.

We’ll send you our step-by-step installation guide to take you through every part of the process and our team are always on hand to offer any advice. PST Lawns stock everything you’ll need to install the artificial grass including glue and seam tape, shock pad foam underlay and high-grade silica sand.

Can it be put down on concrete?

No problem, it can easily be laid over concrete and completely transform the look of your outside space.

Is it safe for my dog?

It’s perfect for pets, and with the added bonus of NO muddy paws! When cleaning up after your pet it’s just like any other grass area, large particles will have to be scooped up, but any other particles will wash away in the rain.

How wide are the rolls?

Our artificial grass comes in either 2m or 4m rolls with each roll length being 25mm. Grass is cut to order to your exact measurements, and you can collect directly from our warehouse, or we can arrange delivery, whatever suits you best.

How do you stick it down?

A layer of sand brushed on top will weigh the grass down and keep it in place. The sand infill also helps the grass fibres stand upright for longer, extending the lifespan of your new lawn. When installing onto concrete or tarmac you can also glue the grass down as well as to edging etc.

Is it easy to keep clean?

Regular brushing will keep your artificial grass looking its best, removing any leaves and debris and keeps the fibres standing upright.

What is the lead time?

Usually five to 10 working days, depending on where you live in the country.

How long does it last?

With proper maintenance our artificial grass products will last 15 to 20 years.

Are you sick and tired of mowing the lawn? Retire that lawnmower for good and give Una or Rúairí a call on 066 401 8018 or visit and they’ll help you choose the perfect artificial grass to revamp your garden.

Check us out online or give us a shout to order your FREE sample pack on 066 401 8018.



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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