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More arrests likely following New Year’s day brawl

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By Sean Moriarty

Seven of the eight men arrested following a mass brawl on New Year’s day have been moved to other Direct Provision centres in four different parts of Ireland.

Up to 20 men which included four to five Algerians, and between 10 and 15 Georgians - were involved in the melee at Hotel Killarney on Park Road which is currently being used to house up to 400 International Protection applicants.

The incident happened about 8.30pm on New Year’s night.

Several gardai and up to six ambulances were deployed to the scene. Four people in the hotel were taken to hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries in the incident. Two were taken to a Cork hospital while the others were taken to University Hospital Kerry and Gardai confirmed that they have since been released.

Six men were arrested on Monday concerning the incident and were held in Tralee and Killarney Garda Stations ahead of court appearances this week.

Two more men were arrested on Tuesday and also appeared in court this week.

Following the court appearances seven of the men were bailed and have been transferred to other Direct Provision centres in Cork, Clare, Laois and Louth.

They have been ordered to stay away from Killarney unless attending official appointments like court sittings or solicitor's meetings.

The eighth man, who is alleged to have brandished a weapon during the fracas, remains in custody after being charged under the Public Order Act and the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

Killarney Gardai confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that the incident is still under investigation. A spokesperson confirmed that up 20 people were involved in the incident.

“Further arrests are likely to be made in relation to this case,” the spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

A spokesperson for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Killarney Advertiser that Ireland is now accommodating over 71,255 people throughout the country, between those fleeing Ukraine and International Protection applicants.

"The government fully understands the concerns in relation to the incident in Killarney. This is now a matter for An Garda Síochána and it is not appropriate to comment on a live investigation. Since the incident occurred, the International Protection Accommodation Service has engaged and continues to engage with the staff and residents of the centre in order to ensure that all necessary supports are being provided.

"Government is continuing to explore a wide range of options to address the accommodation needs of the high numbers who are seeking protection here. Several strands of activity are underway, aside from hotel accommodation, to maximise a range of alternative options, including roll-out of a rapid-build housing programme."

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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