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Donaghy “disgusted” by Irish basketball chief’s Raheem Sterling comment

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Tralee Warriors and Kerry GAA legend Kieran Donaghy says he is “disgusted” by a Facebook comment made by the CEO of Basketball Ireland, Bernard O’Byrne, in the aftermath of England’s victory over Denmark in the semi-final of Euro 2020.

O’Byrne has since apologised for his controversial remark, which related to Raheem Sterling’s “dive” during Wednesday night’s high-profile match. Under a BBC article about the incident, O’Byrne replied “BLACK DIVES MATTER”, before subsequently deleting the post.

The comment – a play on words on the Black Lives Matter movement – was greeted by uproar in Irish basketball circles with O’Byrne receiving strong criticism online.

A statement released on the Basketball Ireland website at around 11.30pm on Thursday night read:

Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne has deleted a recent social media post, which made reference to an incident at Euro 2020. The comment was made from his personal account.

Mr O’Byrne said: “My choice of words commenting on a penalty incident were not thought out. It was an error of judgement and I wholeheartly apologise for the comments.”

Basketball Ireland would like to stress its ongoing commitment to inclusion and basketball’s diverse community, which has been led by Mr O’Byrne in recent years.

For Donaghy, the apology is not enough.

“Phone on fire this morning,” the Kerryman tweeted earlier today. “Disgusted to see this. I’ve worked so hard to promote the game of basketball in Ireland in a positive light as I [love] this game. His comment does not reflect the REAL basketball people of Ireland and I don’t think the rushed apology will cut it.”

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, Justin Tuason of the Killarney Cougars was also critical of O’Byrne’s comment and subsequent apology.

“The apology was the most generic one I’ve ever seen,” the Irish-American said. “I almost could have predicted that word for word.

"For a guy who was quick to lay down the iron fist and demand a public apology from a player for a critical tweet directed at him last year, I hope that the same swift and harsh justice is brought upon him.”

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Late drama at exciting Celtic Golf Classic

The last team out at the Killarney Celtic Golf Classic carded 106 points to overtake all who went before at an entertaining fundraiser staged over two days at the pristine Beaufort Golf Club. From Friday to late Saturday afternoon, the imposing tally of 101 points registered by the O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group team of James […]

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The last team out at the Killarney Celtic Golf Classic carded 106 points to overtake all who went before at an entertaining fundraiser staged over two days at the pristine Beaufort Golf Club.

From Friday to late Saturday afternoon, the imposing tally of 101 points registered by the O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group team of James McCarthy, Brian McCarthy, Cian Harte and Gavin Murray looked like being a winning one. The got a scare when the Spa GAA team almost caught them; Seánie Kelliher, Donal Cronin, John Cahill and Seán Devane ultimately carded a great score of 100 points to go second.

With the O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group quartet hanging on for victory, it was all down to Kissane Meats and Pat O’Neill, John England, Tony Sugrue and Donie Brosnan snatched first place by hitting a weekend high of 106 points.

The Nearest to the Pin was won by Aaron Jones of the Dawn Meats team while the Longest Drive came from the club of Mark O’Shea who was representing Tom Meehan’s team.

Speaking at the prizegiving, Killarney Celtic Vice Chairman Paul Sherry thanked all involved for contributing to another hugely successful fundraising day for the club.

“Killarney Celtic is indebted to its members who volunteered over the two days,” he said, “to those who sponsored the prizes, entered teams, took signs, provided the fruit and chocolate and of course, most importantly, played on Friday and Saturday.
“We also must thank the staff at Beaufort, both working on the course and those in the clubhouse.

“A sign of a good golf classic is the number of returning teams and sponsors and already a number have committed to join us again in August/September 2022.”

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2022 Horse racing calendar announced

Killarney Racecourse will host four race meetings next year. Horse Racing Ireland confirmed the 2022 Irish calendar this week. As usual, the Killarney season will get underway in May. The Spring Festival will run from May 15 to May 17. July 11-15 has been set aside for the early summer meeting while the late summer […]

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Killarney Racecourse will host four race meetings next year.

Horse Racing Ireland confirmed the 2022 Irish calendar this week.

As usual, the Killarney season will get underway in May. The Spring Festival will run from May 15 to May 17.

July 11-15 has been set aside for the early summer meeting while the late summer races will run between August 18 to 20.

The October meeting, which ran for the first time last year will continue this year and next.

This year’s Autumn meeting will run on the weekend of October 2 and 3 and race fans can pencil in the same weekend next year as the two-day event will run on October 1 and 2 in 2022.

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