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“He’d have been a superstar” – brother pays tribute to teen who died in crash

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By Michelle Crean

The eldest brother of tragic teen Thomas Healy - who will be laid to rest tomorrow (Saturday) following a road accident this week - said that his much loved little brother would have been "superstar".

Jack Patrick Healy, who rushed home from London yesterday (Thursday) to be with his family, described how his heart is broken after hearing the shock news that Thomas passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning following an accident on Ross Road.

There was widespread shock and devastation at the news of the talented youngster from Beaufort - just hours after another tragic accident at Listry bridge which claimed the life of James O'Connor from Killorglin.

Thomas died after the car, a 95-KY reg Green Toyota Corolla Saloon that he was driving, crashed in a single vehicle accident at approximately 1.10am. A male passenger in the car, also aged 14, was rushed to University Hospital Kerry where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

The vehicle was subject to interaction with Gardaí prior to the collision and has been referred to GSOC.
Gardai again yesterday (Thursday) renewed their appeal for witnesses and for dash cam footage.

"I'm the eldest and he's the smallest," Jack Patrick, who himself is an entertainer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"If he had the opportunity he'd have been a superstar. His ability as a singer was incredible, he had it naturally. He never got the opportunity."

A cousin of TD Michael Healy-Rae, Thomas also played for Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic. This week tributes were paid to his family, parents Julie and Ger 'The Singing Jarvey', by the clubs, as well as Cullina NS where he attended primary school, The Intermediate School Killorglin where he had just finished Second Year, as well as Kate Kearney's Cottage where he had just begun summer work collecting bottles.

Funeral Mass for Thomas will take place in St Mary's Church, Beaufort tomorrow (Saturday) morning and will be live streamed on the Beaufort Parish Facebook page at 11am, followed by burial in Churchtown Cemetery, Beaufort.

He is survived by his heartbroken parents, Julie and Ger, his brothers Jack, Danny and Michael, his grandmother Cathy Shine Griffin, uncles John, Anthony and Timmy, aunts Jackie and Nikki, cousins Joshua, Dominic, Timothy and Ceara, relatives, neighbours, Laura and Leona (brothers partners), his team mates in Beaufort GAA and Killarney Athletic AFC, his school friends in the ISK, Killorglin and his many friends.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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