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Canada meets Ireland in new real estate venture

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By Sean Moriarty

A new estate agency in Killarney town centre promises “a fresh set of eyes” on the local property market.

O’Callaghan Town and Country Real Estate was set up by Canadian Sherry O’Callaghan just over a month ago. Operating from a prime location on New St one of the town’s newest businesses is already making a mark.

Sherry and her Millstreet husband arrived here last autumn after Patrick decided the time was right to move back to Ireland after over 10 years at the other side of the Atlantic.

She has over 12 years’ experience in the Canadian real estate business and brought that wealth of knowledge with her when she joined her husband in Millstreet late last year.

How did a woman from Newfoundland met a man from North Cork?

“Simple, I sold him a house,” she said.

Her experience includes several qualifications and diplomas in areas as diverse as real estate law, ethics and marketing.

“When I applied for my Irish [real estate] licence, I had 28 attachments on the application,” she adds.

Her licence arrived on Christmas Eve last year.

“I did not need any more presents or parties last Christmas,” she said.

Once she had identified 18 New Street as a suitable business location she and her carpenter husband and a local engineer set about readying the premises for its new role.

“The engineer was a blessing, he introduced me to a local builder who is behind a new nine-house development on Ross Road,” she added. “That was my first client, he said he likes what I do and that I offer a fresh set of eyes on the property market.”

One of the key differences between the Irish and Canadian markets is that real estate agents in Canada act either on behalf of the buyer or seller where here in Ireland new buyers face the daunting task of facing an agent on their own.

“As I am new to Ireland I feel I can offer that service too, everything is new to me so I can really see everything from the buyer's point of view too.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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