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Firies GAA members are going to the dogs

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Firies GAA chairperson Bridie Breen, Stella O'Shea, Jerome Crowley, Farranfore Maine Valley Athletics, Tim Clifford, Paudie Deniel and Frances Henderson with some of our Firies GAA's juvenile footballers.

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A DRAMATICALLY expanding East Kerry GAA club, Firies is set to go to the dogs in a bid to create a field of dreams. The club is planning a night out at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee on October 22 to raise funds for the development of phase one of its second pitch in Ballyvarrig, Firies.

The club has purchased over seven acres near the heart of Firies village with the intention of developing the land as a juvenile football pitch, along with dressing rooms, and car park facilities. This proposed development is a direct response by the club to the sharp rise in numbers in the juvenile age groups and to cater for the future of this expanding club.

A working group of Firies GAA members has been tasked with organising a fun-packed race night on October 22 in Kingdom Greyhound Race Track in order to kick-start phase one.

Frances Henderson, representing the working group, said: “We have approached many different organisations within our community and further afield and thankfully, the response has gone far beyond our expectations. This is indeed a community effort to kick-start the vision and it is uplifting to see the community supporting the GAA.”

Frances added: “Our Coiste na nÓg age groups have being growing from strength to strength and we also cater for our young hurlers, which is very popular with our juvenile groups."

Bridie Breen, chairperson of Firies GAA, said the club is grateful to all who have donated so generously. "People’s generosity and support of the club has always been very strong within our GAA family but since the news of this exciting proposal, our club has been has been overwhelmed with open-handedness from the Firies diaspora overseas as well as our own homestead advocates from the parishes of Firies, Farranfore and Ballyhar which encompass the club.”

If anyone is interested in supporting this exciting phase of the project, email firiesgaanightatthedogs@gmail.com and one of our club officials will make contact with you.
 


 
Above: Firies GAA chairperson Bridie Breen, Stella O'Shea, Jerome Crowley, Farranfore Maine Valley Athletics, Tim Clifford, Paudie Deniel and Frances Henderson with some of our Firies GAA's juvenile footballers.

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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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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 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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