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Book Early (or not) A message to Pontins from the Harlow Irish……..

General / Wed 3rd Mar 2021 at 10:15am

ON Tuesday it was revealed that holiday park group Pontins had a list of Irish surnames it used to screen out bookings for its holiday parks from Gypsies and Irish Travellers.

This was first reported by the i newspaper.

The list of forty names appears to be simply forty Irish names.

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/pontins-traveller-gypsy-blacklist-surnames-ehrc-892968

Pontins has agreed to change its working practices.

Alastair Pringle, executive director at EHRC, said: “It is hard not to draw comparisons with an ‘undesirable guests’ list and the signs displayed in hotel windows fifty years ago, explicitly barring Irish people and Black people.

“Banning people from services based on their race is discrimination and is unlawful. To say that such policies are outdated is an understatement.”

“It is right to challenge such practices and any business that believes this is acceptable should think again before they find themselves facing legal action.”

YH did note that a spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said such discrimination was “completely unacceptable”.

Which is interesting as a couple of years ago, there was a report that when Mr Johnson was Foreign Secretary he had a few issues with foreign names including Irish ones.

It reported “At the Foreign Office he was heard to muse as to whether Chancellor Angela Merkel had served in East Germany’s Stasi secret police. French president Emmanuel Macron was a “jumped-up Napoleon”. As for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, “Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them”.

The full article is here https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/boris-johnson-on-varadkar-why-isn-t-he-called-murphy-like-all-the-rest-of-them-1.3960638

With the help of our friends from the Harlow Irish Facebook page, we have provided a list of 100 Irish surnames from families who have or are living in Harlow. These are all surnames of people from Mizen Head to Ballinsloe to Clones who moved from Ireland to Harlow.

We originally published this list for the Boris Johnson article but we are re-publishing list for Pontin’s benefit.

We hope this helps.

an dtuigeann tú

Thank to the members of the Harlow Irish Facebook page, who helped to compile the list.

100 Irish Surnames

Casey
O’Halloran
Stack
O’Sullivan
Cleary
Folan
O’Reilly
Quinn
Howard
Mortimer

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Eyre
McGuire
Ryan
Flahavan
Ward
Lenihan
Loughlin
Minihane
Gleeson
Finn

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Roche
Kelliher
Mahoney
Donovan
Donegan
McGill
Summerville
Fagan
Lynch
Walsh

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Rafferty
Grace
McLaughlin
Kenny
Kerrigan
Brown
Mulligan
Kilroy
Clunes
O’Shea

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Loughlin
Devine
Daly
Quinlan
Maher
Boylan
Keenan
Tyrrell
Hollywood

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Molloy
Monaghan
McBride
Connolly
Doyle
O’Regan
Cahill
Mulvey
Watters
Fitzgerald

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O’Brien
Calahan
Lomasney
Feeney
Hurley
Burke
Farrelly
Gannon
Lawless
McCabe

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Scanlon
Ruane
O’Connor
Coyle
Sparling
McNeal
Harten
Hegarty
Fleming
Corrigan

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Moriarity
Collins
Foley
Mullan
Brennan
Garvin
Cromer
Leonard
Dunne
Sheridan

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Brown
Navin
Hayes
Lyons
King
MacNamara
Corr
Cullen
Duffy
Carolan

There are many more…..

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