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Second All-Ireland title win for Killarney golfers




CONGRATULATIONS to the ladies team at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club who have claimed their second All-Ireland title in just over a month in the AIG Senior Foursomes Final.

The finals of the Ladies AIG Cups and Shields took place at Malone Golf Club, Belfast. The club’s senior foursomes team defeated Lurgan in Thursday’s semi-final and went on to meet Roscommon in the final on Friday.

The final proved to be a nail-biting encounter with the overall result coming down to the final match.

Play had to be suspended on Friday due to darkness, with the final match against Roscommon involving the pairing of Eimear O’Donnell and Amy Arthur, undecided after 20 holes. Play resumed at 10am on Saturday morning and the team were crowned the winners after Eimear O’Donnell holed a five-footer for par on the 21st hole to give them the All-Ireland title.

“This has been a momentous year for the club with two ladies senior teams winning All-Ireland titles. In August, the club’s senior cup team won the All-Ireland for the first time in the club’s history and now we have our senior foursomes team winning another All-Ireland title,” said Cormac Flannery, general manager of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

“This is testament to the strength and depth of talent we have in our Ladies section. The team managers and panels put a huge amount of work into the preparation for these competitions and it’s been fantastic to see all that effort pay off. The support received from the club members has also been a significant factor in their success. It’s a brilliant achievement and we’re just hugely proud of them.”

The Senior Foursomes Team manager was Claire Keating and the panel included Mary Sheehy, Fidelma O’Connor, Deirdre Prendergast, Anne Moynihan Rudden, Eimear O’Donnell, lady captain Amy Arthur, Mary O’Doherty and Corrina Griffin.

Front, Ann Brown, lady captain, Malone GC, Amy Arthur, lady captain, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Vonnie Noonan, ILGU President, Claire Keating, team manager, and Aidan Connaughton, AIG; back, Breda Duggan, president, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Corrina Griffin, Mary O’Doherty, Mary Sheehy, Anne Moynihan Rudden, Fidelma O’Connor, Deirdre Prendergast and Eimear O’Donnell



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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