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Credit union on hand to help with third level costs

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With the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers coming out next month, many families will see their child or children off to college for the first time.

 

For these families, this can be an extremely stressful time, as the cost of third level education continues to spiral, having a huge impact on family budgets and household spending.

Killarney Credit Union would like to remind their members that the credit union is here to help and have this week launched their education loan which can help families in the South Kerry area cover these costs.

Killarney Credit Union can also now offer students free current accounts and debit cards. Students can avail of free day-to-day banking, Mastercard® Debit Card with Contactless, Online and mobile banking, overdraft for emergency funds and also access to Mastercard Priceless® Cities.

This week Killarney Credit Union also announced the opening of its 2020 Bursary Award which will give a €4,000 bursary to six third level students to attend college this academic year.

The bursary is open to all members of Killarney Credit Union who are attending college for the first time and also those already attending college, mature students, studying abroad or doing a Masters.

Application forms are available online at www.killarneycu.ie. The closing date is Friday, September 11 at 5pm. Proof of acceptance on course must be provided in advance of payment of bursary.

“The significant cost of third level education puts phenomenal pressure on both parents and students starting or returning to third level education this year," Karena McCarthy, Marketing Officer, Killarney Credit Union said. "The student registration fee combined with monthly rent and bills, books and materials, food and day to day expenses are a significant financial burden to many families. Killarney Credit Union is available to support both parents and students as they prepare for the academic year ahead. 2020 thus far has been very challenging on students and families alike. We have put in place dedicated student loan officers in each of our three branches, who can advise parents and students on the best finance options. We are advising parents and students to come in early and discuss their financial needs for the college costs."

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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