INCLUSION: Killarney Rugby Club are planning to launch their ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ programme. Pictured were: Sarah O’Donnell, Ger Sugrue (Club Secretary), Liam Murphy (PRO Minis) and Tony Dunne (Data Officer). Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean


Diversity and inclusion is the name of the game – a rugby game that is – as one club plans a brand new programme to make everyone feel right at home.

Tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10am, Killarney Rugby Club will roll out their ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ initiative with volunteer Sarah O’Donnell, who is the Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

There, they plan to hand a brand new anti-racist poster, which has #playtogether written in 13 different languages, to a representative from the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre – and all are welcome to attend.

The message from the club is ‘No matter where you were born, what language you speak or what culture you’re from; you’re welcome at Killarney Rugby Club’.

“Killarney Rugby wants to be a club where no matter where you come, from or what language you speak, you’ll feel right at home,” Liam Murphy, PRO of the Minis, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“In light of recent racist events in the community, the club feels that it must take an active stance and show immigrant and refugee communities that such behaviour does not reflect Irish values.”

He said that the launch of tomorrow’s new initiative will be a great opportunity to back up words with public actions.

“We’re trying to appeal to all people to give it a try and get involved. We have approximately 300 players and from a club point of view, it’d be great to widen our club base.”

In recent times they’ve broadened their membership increasing the children’s, adults and women’s teams. However, to date there’s less than five percent non-Irish involved.

“It’s the next natural progression,” he said.

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