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Residents have grave concerns over placement of Asylum seekers




Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae has asked that the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O'Gorman meet residents of the Muckross Road area to hear their concerns on the placement of 70 male International Protection Seekers in a hotel in the area.

Danny Healy Rae

Earlier this month it was announced that 70 male International Protection Seekers were to be moved into the Harmony Hotel.

The announcement sparked anger in the local area.

An open public meeting took place in the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Sunday night to address these concerns. Over 300 people attended.
Healy Rae was one of many local public representatives to attend the meeting.

“Many people vented their anger and concern about this hurried introduction of these people into their community, concerns were especially raised about the intimidating effect that this would have on all local people and especially young boys and girls and older senior people and also the damage the loss of another guest house to the hospitality sector and the Killarney Tourism product,” he said.

“Other issues raised was about the cramming of over 70 people into 22 bedrooms. at the end of the meeting it was unanimously requested that the minister meets with a deputation of local residents in Killarney at the earliest opportunity and certainly before any further asylum seekers are placed in Killarney.”

Meanwhile, local councillor, Martin Grady has also been briefed by local residents who have raised concerns on the matter.

“They have grave concerns, that fact that its looking likely 70 unvetted men will be residing in their neighbourhood . While not painting all with the same brush, I totally understand the residents’ concerns and fears in light of what happened in Park Road on News Years Day this year as I experienced the anti-social behaviour it brought to the neighbourhood,” he said.

“No one should be in such fear in their homes or neighbourhood. Shame on the selfish landlords that have no consideration for the people of Killarney.”

Healy-Rae brought the issue up in the Dail this week.

“They want this decision reversed because there is a lack of surety of safety and services in the town of Killarney now with the amount of Asylum seekers and refugees that are being placed there, we seem to be taking way more than our share in Killarney,” he said.

“The Matter of vetting is very important to these people, where are these people coming from? The residents want to know who is coming in beside them, where are they from, how many different countries are they coming from because we had trouble earlier in the year in another side of town and the people of Killarney are concerned, old and young and women are fearing for their safety with this amount of people being placed beside them in the town of Killarney.”

Minister Simon Harris gave him no hearing whatsoever/! 
He said:
“I am going to have to bite my lip, I think that is a dog whistle in many ways, those comments there, I would love to know what you think people are fearing in terms of their safety and what peoples nationalities have to do with their safety , but I think you and I have a very different outlook on this and I think the majority of the people in Kerry do too.”




Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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