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No meeting with Minister as asylum seekers move into Killarney hotel

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There has been further public outcry in the town of Killarney after 70 International Protection Seekers were placed in accommodation on the Muckross Road.

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The 70 males arrived on Wednesday afternoon and are now living in the Harmony Inn.

Residents are up in arms over the move as the asylum seeker arrived ahead of a promised meeting with the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O'Gorman.

Earlier in the week, Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae said he secured a meeting between the minister and local residents.

“I am very pleased following my requests to Minister O’Gorman that he has been in contact with me to inform me that his team will meet with myself and members of the Killarney community regarding the placement of asylum seekers on the Muckross Road,” he said.

“I am awaiting further clarification as to when and where this very important engagement will take place.”

The meeting did not take place ahead of Wednesday’s relocation of the International Protection Seekers to the Muckross Road hotel adding to the already growing public anger in the area.

There has been several public meeting on the issue and a protest march in Killarney last Saturday.

Former councillor Donal Grady vented his frustration in a social media post.

“Just to let you know the refuges have arrived at The Harmony Inn, Muckross Road. [They] were tucking into a nice meal around 5pm [on Wednesday] .,” he posted.

“I had a man today who is being evicted from his home after 15 years. This is a disgrace. Our own come last again.

“We have more than our share. Our name in Killarney Is going fast. No Infrastructure in place.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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