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Fun, fizz and fashion at The Brehon Hotel’s annual après-races party

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Laura MacSweeny, judge, and Brian Bowler, The Brehon Hotel general manager, with winners at The Brehon’s après-races party, best-dressed lady Annette Roche Clifford, Anne Drury-Caherman, best hat, and Garry Moynihan, best-dressed gent. PICTURES: K PHOTOGRAPHY, WWW.KPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

Judging the glamorous apres-races event at The Brehon on ladies day gave plenty of style ideas, says Killarney Advertiser fashion contributor LAURA MACSWEENY

I HAD a wonderful day at the Killarney Races yesterday and although the weather gods didn’t seem to be in our favour, the sheer amount of style and fashion certainly made up for it. The glamour of the day continued well into the evening as scores of racegoers, in all their fashion and finery, gathered in The Brehon Hotel for its après-races party.

For ladies day, I wore a Grey Goose headpiece by Kerry designer Rebekah Wall. My skirt and belt were by online boutique boutique www.Love-Jewels.com and I accessorised with a choker and heels from Folkster Dublin and a clutch from TK Maxx Killarney.

I was honoured to be judge for the best dressed this year but I certainly had a tough job ahead of me as everywhere I looked there was one beautifully coordinated outfit after another and the most extraordinary creations of millinery one could imagine, but there were some clear winners that stood out for me.

In the end it was dapper chap Gary Moynihan, in a grey three-piece suit, that walked away with the prize for best-dressed man and a meal for two in the Danu Restaurant.

Moving on to the ladies and it was Anny Dury-Caherman from Ballyheigue who won the prize for best hat and a day for two at the Angsana Spa at The Brehon. Ann wowed the crowd with her stunning work of art by local designer and artist Rebekah Wall and a jumpsuit by Jasmine Boutique in Tralee.

However, it was local girl Annette Roche Clifford, head to toe in pretty pink, that stole the show for me.

Annette wore a dress by online boutique www.vestry.com with a floral headpiece and belt by local milliner and Annette’s mother-in-law Shirley Clifford.

Annette was rewarded for her style with a €500 for Brown Tomas and said she would certainly put it to good use and also buy a present for mum-in-law Shirley.

Alas just as it’s all over for another year I’ve caught some serious racing fever, bring on August for more racing fashion and fun.
 


 
Laura MacSweeny, judge, and Brian Bowler, The Brehon Hotel general manager, with winners at The Brehon’s après-races party, best-dressed lady Annette Roche Clifford, Anne Drury-Caherman, best hat, and Garry Moynihan, best-dressed gent. PICTURES: K PHOTOGRAPHY,
WWW.KPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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