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A tale of Christmas home insurance claims

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

Each year hundreds of home insurance claims are caused by unusual Christmas mishaps.

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Some of the most common claims are cracked television sets knocked over when putting up or taking down decorations, cooker fires and of course weather events such as storms, snow and ice. However, there are some more unusual and quirky instances also such as
candle fires; we all tend to light more candles at Christmas time. Claims such as centrepieces burning dining tables and wax spilling on new carpets occur more often over Christmas.

Overwatering Christmas trees; many claims occur after carpets and floors have been stained or damaged by water from real Christmas trees. The damage usually only becomes apparent in January.

Feet through ceilings; that trip to the attic can be a dangerous pursuit. Each year before and after Christmas, people venture up to the attic to get their decorations down. Several claims are lodged annually where people accidental step between the joists in their attics and put a foot through the floor, damaging the ceiling of the room below. Your home insurance policy should have “accidental damage” included to cover this event.

Destroyed cookers; Christmas has a higher instance of damaged cookers, pans, and pots catching fire.

Spilled wine glasses; a common incident at this time of year. Damage can be to carpets or furniture, most insurers will cover this if “accidental damage” cover is included.

Losing jewellery; many insurers report festive claims occur when items are accidentally thrown out with discarded wrapping paper. The items included earrings and hearing aids.

Stay safe and have a peaceful, relaxing and happy Christmas.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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