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Diocesan website gets a makeover

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Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne launches the diocesan website.

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THE Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne has launched a new website for the diocese: www.dioceseofkerry.ie The old and much loved site has been updated and fully reconstructed to facilitate all those who want easy access to the site on their mobile phones and tablets.

The website is a major facility of the Diocese of Kerry in communicating and conveying information between all the people of the diocese and beyond. There are 53 parishes in the diocese and 35 of these are uploading their parish newsletter weekly to the site. This therefore is a busy site, updated daily with diocesan news, church news and parish news.

The colours and design of the new site are linked to the new diocesan logo Be Christ's Joy. Mary Fagan, director of communications for the diocese, said: “The diocese has embraced and continues to embrace the opportunity to engage with people through social media. Just take out your phone and have a look at this new website dioceseofkerry.ie. It is all at your fingertips. The diocese of Kerry puts time and effort into keeping this website up to date and user friendly. We have photos and news from all around the diocese as well as meeting the basic information needed on Mass times, Mass readings and contact details for every parish in the diocese. In addition to the website we have a Facebook page which we invite you all to visit and hopefully to like. In the words of Pope Francis 'The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.'"

She added: “The diocese of Kerry hopes to continue to respond to the information needs of people in and outside the diocese into the future.”
You can use the website to check out the Mass times in the 53 parishes of the diocese and to see what priest is in place in each parish and you have parish office hours and contact details. You can read the weekly parish newsletter of most parishes, as can your relations in any part of the world.

You can find out what’s happening in the diocese in the news column or check out community and church-related events.
 


 
Bishop Ray Browne has launched a new website for The Diocese of Kerry.

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Housing Will Never Be The Same

Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors. Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance, insurance etc.) and the actual headache of being a landlord, […]

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Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors.

Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance, insurance etc.) and the actual headache of being a landlord, it’s easy to see why real estate functioned as the de facto investment portfolio for an entire generation.

Wealth creation was a rinse-and-repeat function where couples put money away until they had enough for the ‘next house’. As a result, we have an economy where 70% of household wealth is tied up in real estate.

Driven by the profits it created, Ireland became obsessed with owning real estate.

But real estate as an investment won’t be nearly as successful for our generation. (If you are able to get a house, that is)

All you have to do is look at the anecdotal evidence all around us to confirm this.

My parents bought the house they currently live in for 30k (pounds) 35 years ago. The house is now worth roughly 450k.

I typically despise these back-of-the-envelope calculations when It comes to property, given the endless variables and ongoing costs involved, but bear with me.

That’s a gross return of 15 times the original value. Now there are upgrades, a change in currency and other adjustments to consider here, so for argument’s sake, let’s call it 10X.

To achieve the same level of growth over the next 35 years, you would be left paying 4,500,000 euros for what is a pretty modest house.

Sure, we will still see property prices increase over time, but the rate of growth won’t be anywhere near as meaningful for one simple reason.

Interest rates.

Artificial Growth

Over the last 30 years, real economic growth has been stagnant, yet Ireland has experienced enviable nominal growth.

How did we manage it?

We created imaginary wealth.

We pushed interest rates lower and lower to stimulate economic growth.

And it worked.

After all, if you make 100k/year you can probably afford a 400k mortgage at 4%. At 2%, with the same 100k/year salary you can now take on 600k in debt.

So, were we getting richer, or was the debt just easier to afford?

Where do we go from here?

We have now squeezed interest rates as low as they can go.

The house price appreciation we have seen was justifiable because the mortgage rates on housing continued to fall in recent decades. This allowed people to take on more debt without severely impacting their ability to repay that debt.

If we go back to my parents, they were paying 14% on their mortgage. Mortgage rates are currently between 2 to 3%.

A relentless drop in interest rates gave way to higher and higher prices for houses, but interest rates are now on the floor.

The juice has been squeezed.

In fact, the trend has started to reverse, with rates expected to rise 1.5% in the first half of 2023

Be mindful that the same credit expansion cannot happen again.

How the next generation thinks about their investment options has to change.

Banks offering 0% returns for the use of your money and a housing ladder you can’t get on are not your only two options.

If you need help creating your own investment portfolio, just reach out to me at mike@theislandinvestor or simply scan the QR code above.

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Biddies performance celebrates St Brigid

Two local Biddies groups performed at Muckross House as part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Association. The Killarney Parents and Friends Biddy Group – formerly […]

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Two local Biddies groups performed at Muckross House as part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Association.

The Killarney Parents and Friends Biddy Group – formerly known as the Beaufort Biddy Group – and Kilgobnet Biddies came together for the event.

The tradition of the Biddies is one of the oldest and most colourful customs in Ireland, a blend of pagan and Christian pageantry, held on February 1 each year, heralding the beginning of springtime and honouring St Bríd the patron saint of the farming community.

Master traditional craftsman, Pat Broderick, at Muckross House, was also part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations, making a St Brigid’s Cross as part of the traditions.

 

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