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‘BallyLife’ through the eyes of youth to feature in new exhibition




By Michelle Crean

A new photography exhibition next week will showcase the creative talents of young people from Ballyspillane.

'BallyLife' highlights their interest in photography and their local area amd the result is a showcase which is intuitive, sometimes telling, but very creative in its originality. It builds on the work of Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership at Kerry ETB to support child and youth creativity where access to creativity projects is most challenged in Kerry.

On Tuesday next (October 25), they'll hold an exhibition to show their work to the public from 3.30pm to 5pm at the eurÓg KDYS building in Fairhill Killarney.

The showcase will feature 12 works in progress and is open to the public to attend. Visitors will be treated to a range of photography skills and techniques including close ups, action shots, portraits and landscape images.

The course was facilitated by Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre and photographer Tara Donoghue and supported by Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership and Kerry County Council.

“The BallyLife group show us a very robust quality of output. It is clear that very discerning eyes have been capturing their local area. We’re delighted to help them along their creative journey," Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools, Youth & Music at Kerry ETB, said.

The project has been guided by artist, educator and photographer Tara Donoghue who facilitated a series of workshops which brought the group together. Kerry Diocesan Youth Service worked in collaboration with Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre to ensure that the project reached out into the heart of the community in Ballyspillane.

“In working with this group of young people, it was great to see the excitement they had when creating a photograph. They were so proud of the work they have created, as they should be," Tara added.

The project was funded by Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership and Kerry County Council’s Arts Office through the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme.

“Targeted youth engagement with creativity is important to grow community ownership and well-being. We are delighted to see this creative process, led by an artist, that enables self-expression and is a positive outlet for the young people involved. We look forward to seeing more of their work in the future," Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Kerry Coordinator, said.

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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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Ballyspillane staff open up mental health conversation

By Michelle Crean “Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign. It’s all in partnership […]




By Michelle Crean

“Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign.

It’s all in partnership with Mental Health Ireland (MHI) and the centre will host an information/coffee morning on Thursday next (March 30) at 12.30pm at their centre and all are welcome to attend.

The campaign initiated by MHI identifies the need for positive engagement and connections with the people around us.

It asks people to engage in open conversations about mental health and prompts us all to ask the question “How Are You?”

The word HELLO is a useful acronym to guide everyone through such conversations, H: Hello, E: Engage positively with the person, L: Listen actively, L: Learn about the person and O: seek options to assist the person if required.

“We all need a listening and compassionate ear sometimes to get us through some challenges in our lives and I think the pandemic has opened a new way of looking at the world, where we can all recognise the challenges that people experience more readily,” Derek O’Leary, Manager of Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre, said.

“Our team here are in the business of supporting families and individuals across the Killarney area and beyond and see the challenges that people face first hand. We also see the positive impact that a caring person can have in such circumstances and this campaign that encourages positive engagement, regarding mental health is a great reminder to us all, the role we can play is assisting others who are struggling.”

Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre provide a suite of support and intervention services including family supports, social prescribing/community connection services and physiotherapeutic services across the Killarney municipal area and beyond.


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