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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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Two Mile School “Says Yes to Japanese”

The pupils and staff of Two Mile Community National School were delighted to welcome Mr Norio Maruyama,  the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland on Tuesday. The Ambassador was at the school […]

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The pupils and staff of Two Mile Community National School were delighted to welcome Mr Norio Maruyama,  the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland on Tuesday.

The Ambassador was at the school to promote the teaching of the Japanese language and culture through the ‘Say Yes to Languages’ programme.

“The pupils in Two Mile were very interested to listen to stories about Japan and to learn about the links between our two countries,” said school principal Catherine Barry.
“As a multi-denominational school, we are very open to different languages and cultures and we look forward to working with the Japanese embassy from next September.”
Two Mile Community National School is the only multi-denominational school in the Killarney school district.

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 Photographer Anastasiia goes Out and About for Killarney Advertiser.

The Killarney Advertiser is pleased to announce that Anastasiia Garbera has joined the team. Anastasiia is a photographer from Ukraine. She has been living in Killarney for nearly two years […]

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The Killarney Advertiser is pleased to announce that Anastasiia Garbera has joined the team.

Anastasiia is a photographer from Ukraine. She has been living in Killarney for nearly two years and is trying to establish a freelance photography business.
“I love my job. I’ve been shooting for 11 years. I adore photography and connect my life with it. The best thing for me is to show girls and families, brides how beautiful they are. I think it’s my main mission.No need to be a model. We are all beautiful and special. You just need to build more self-confidence. And be sure, I will help you with it.”
Keep an eye out for Anastasiia as she goes Out and About for The Killarney Advertiser.
If you are organising an event and need a photographer email info@killarneyadvertiser.ie for more details.

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