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Father’s debut dance album for Alexis

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By Sean Moriarty

The father of a four-year-old Killarney girl who suffers from a rare condition has released his first online album to raise funds for his daughter.

Alexis O’Mahony, from Woodlawn, and her parents, urgently need a wheelchair accessible vehicle as she has outgrown her car seat making it difficult and uncomfortable for her on long journeys to Dublin for necessary appointments.

Steve and Teresa are 24 hour carers for the little girl who has a rare primary metabolic condition called Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency which has led to a brain abnormality called Ventriculomegaly as well as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delay, double hip displacement, cortical visual impairment and sleeping difficulties.

Steve is a DJ and is well-known for his work in local night clubs as well as occasional behind the scenes work with Radio Kerry.

He has not worked since March as he needed to cocoon to protect his daughter, and with the bars and hotels closed there was no work available.

Instead, he used the lockdown to complete his first album – titled ‘Mid 11’ – which has now been released on Spotifyand other online platforms. He will put the donations from the album's sale towards an upgraded car.

“'Mid 11’ consists of 11 dance tracks across various electronic genres. Some of these tunes were lying around unfinished for up to five years but from last March the necessity to stay at home helped me create new habits and refocus on music,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This was produced entirely between March and September at home in the small hours when the house settled down and quietened after a busy day. ‘Aalexis’ is my artist name, a slight deviation from the small girl who shaped my life experiences and influenced me. This is also my heartfelt way of just saying a small thank you to everyone who has donated to Alexis's campaign to date. It is my gift to you for your kindness. Lots more music will be released in the weeks and months ahead, both commercial and underground, so stay tuned. It is difficult not be able to road test tracks these days in the clubs but without a shadow of a doubt those clubbing days will come back too.”

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The album can be downloaded on various music streaming Apps including Spotify (by searching Aalexis) or Apple Music, Beatport, Deezer, Tidal and iTunes. From there it will be possible to reach the ‘LetsHelpAlexis’ link where funds can be donated.

“If you like what you hear all I ask is that you hit the donate button on my artist page which links to the GoFundMepage for my brave daughter's campaign,” he added.

Steve also has a message to people who are finding the current Level 5 restrictions difficult.
Unlike the first lockdown between March and June, people are not able to get out and about as much during the shorter winter days.

“This year is testing for many. Do something creative. Paint, write poetry, learn an instrument, write a song or a book, produce music, cook, learn how to be a tattoo artist, get the fingers dirty in the garden,” he said. “Basically whatever floats your boat. It is so therapeutic and you will discover some hidden talents inside that you can grow and foster and improve overtime. Rome wasn't built in a day!”

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Further rise in house prices forecast for 2022 as average price of a resale home in the capital reaches €500,000

According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors DNG, house prices are set to continue rising this year, following the strong growth in values recorded in 2021. At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG) recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand […]

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According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors
DNG, house prices are set to continue rising this year, following the strong growth in values
recorded in 2021.

At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG)
recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand home of 13.6% last year, a marked
acceleration in the rate of inflation compared to 2020 when prices rose by 1.4%.
At the national level (including Dublin) the overall rate of price increase last year stood at 12.0%. The NPG, which tracks house prices across the country on a half yearly basis, recorded growth of 5.3% in the six months to December 2021, compared to an increase of 7.9% in the first six months of last year.
All regions of Ireland recorded double digit price growth in 2021, except for Dublin (+9.9%).
Nationally, the strongest rate of house price appreciation was in the Mid-West region (+17.2%)
followed by the Midlands (+14.2%) and West (+13.8%) whilst the South East region saw the
lowest rate of growth in prices last year (+11.0%).
Outside the capital the highest average price was found in the Mid-East (€349,259) followed by the South West (€279,844).

Looking at the outlook for the year ahead, the agency forecasts further growth in prices both in
Dublin and nationally, with regional price gains set to outstrip those in the capital where nominal
values are already elevated, and affordability is more challenged.
The agency is forecasting an average uplift in regional markets of 12-13% this year whilst price growth in Dublin will more likely be high single digits, in the order of 6-8%.
The factors underpinning the forecasts include continued strong economic and wage growth, the heightened household savings levels seen in 2020-21, the extension of government initiatives for first time buyers announced in the budget, strong demand from this cohort evident in the mortgage approvals data and the prevailing low interest rate environment.
On the supply side, whilst the supply of new residential completions is set to increase to around 26,000 units this year, this will still be well below the estimated 30-35,000 new units required each year to meet demand thereby putting upward pressure on prices in the market.
“Whilst Covid-related issues rightly dominated the news agenda in 2021, housing undoubtedly came a close second, given the emotive nature of the housing debate and the current market dynamics of
rising house prices and rents and a shortage of accommodation available to buy or rent, not only
in Dublin but across the country.”, said DNG’s Director of Research Paul Murgatroyd said “Price growth was clearly very robust last year across all regions and the factors that drove those increases continue to be evident in the market as we enter 2022. The stock of homes for sale in the second hand market remains very low by historical standards and this, combined with the elevated level of demand, brought about in part by factors linked to changing behaviours throughout the pandemic, will mean further price appreciation will be evident as we progress through the year ahead.”

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Iarnrod Eireann refuses plans for footbridge at railway station

By Sean Moriarty Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station. Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two […]

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Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station.

Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two public transport hubs.

Currently rail passengers must walk from Killarney station, via the front entrance of the Great Southern Hotel and then walk the entire length of the Outlet Centre before reaching the bus station.

“It’s an anomaly that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other European country,” said Cllr O’Donoghue in November.

Iarnrod Eireann has responded to the letter sent shortly after the November meeting.

In reply the railway company said that in October 2019 it carried out a study which included the possibility of a either an underpass or a footbridge.

The study revealed that passenger would face a short four to five minute walk when trying to access one hub from another.

“Iarnrod Eireann would regard this as scheme as a low priority investment,” said chief executive Jim Meade in the letter.

Cllr Donoghue said the response was “ludicrous” and that he had often witnessed passengers lugging suitcases through the Outlet Centre.

“You would not jog it in five minutes,” he said.

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