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Members of Extinction Rebellion Clare who disrupted the first day of the Irish Open golf tournament in Lahinch today say they wanted to appeal to its global TV audience to demand urgent action by the world’s governments to prevent a climate catastrophe.
At 1:20 pm, just as Shane Lowry was approaching the 18th green, the Clare-based climate activists unfurled a huge banner that read, “Game Over: Climate Action Now!”
Aisling Wheeler of Extinction Rebellion Clare said:
“We disrupted the golf event for a few moments to draw attention to the unimaginable disruption to our world that is threatened due to climate breakdown. If governments do not take radical action very quickly, the result will be catastrophic extreme weather events, drought and food shortages, from which Ireland will not be spared.”
“This action is not anti-golf. We expect real golf lovers to understand. Some of the best golf courses are by the coast, so golf is the sport most threatened by climate breakdown. And golfers love the outdoors.”
Temple Street Children’s Hospital asked their patients about what advice they could give to the players taking part in this year’s Irish Open at The Royal County Down Golf Club.
Arnette Small writes:
This heart-warming video documents personal messages from the children on what it takes to be a great golfer, who Rory McIlroy is and most importantly what they dream of being when they grow up.
The children in Temple Street know a lot about taking on challenges and beating the odds so they can look forward to a long and healthy future. A future, where like their golfing heroes, they get to live their dreams – whatever those dreams may be
“Ireland’s finest quizzers are heading to Dublin on Saturday, March 8, for the Irish Quiz Organisation’s (IQO) Irish Open 2014, which features both individual and team quiz events.
“The venue is the Addison Lodge in Glasnevin, Dublin. After registration at 10.30am, the quizzing will start with the Irish Open itself, an individual written quiz split into six categories (Art & Culture, Civilisation, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Physical World, Sports & Games).
“This will be followed in the afternoon by the IQO’s monthly “Hot 100” 100-question individual written quiz, which is used to calculate the Irish quiz rankings from which the Irish national teams for the European and Celtic Nations championships are determined.
“The event will end with a fun table quiz with teams made up on the day.
“Entry is open to all, and costs €12. Pre-booking is not required, but entrants are encouraged to email email@example.com if possible so that enough quiz papers can be made available on the day.”