‘No matter where you were born, what language you speak or what culture you’re from, you’re welcome’

The club’s open invitation to new members

KILLARNEY Rugby Club is responding in a hugely positive manner to an ugly anti-immigrant incident in the town last week which saw racist stickers pasted to lampposts on a road leading to several hotels and guesthouses.

Referring to “despicable racist events in the community”, the club is launching a new diversity and inclusion initiative to assure people of all nationalities and cultures that they are welcome to join and they will be made feel right at home.

“The club feels that it must take an active stance and show immigrant and refugee communities that such behaviour does not reflect Irish values. This will be a great opportunity to back up words with public actions,” a club spokesman said.

The club will launch its diversity and inclusion campaign next Saturday morning when Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Sarah O’Donnell, will present a copy of the new inclusion plan – which features several languages –  ­to a representative from the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre.

Club officials and players and local politicians will also be in attendance.

“The invitation extended to all states: “No matter where you were born, what language you speak or what culture you’re from, you’re welcome at Killarney Rugby Club”.

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