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Hospice Christmas cards support local cancer services




By Michelle Crean

A unique set of Christmas cards have hit the shops and funds raised will benefit Kerry cancer services.

This year's selection of Christmas cards 'A Kerry Christmas' are in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation. They were unveiled by Liz Reidy Nurse Manager in Palliative Care Inpatient Unit, artist Jane Hilliard and Ronan Deasy from Kerry Group who are sponsors.

This year the cards are dedicated to essential workers across all sections of society.

"This project is wonderfully supported by Ronan Deasy and Kerry Group and has been for many years and we are truly grateful to them for the continued support over the last 25 years," Andrea O'Donoghue from the Kerry Hospice Foundation said.

"The Christmas cards are a huge tradition for Kerry Hospice Foundation and over the years have raised massive funds which is again down to the people of Kerry and beyond who continue to buy the cards. We are as always grateful to you all who continue to support the Foundation."

Kerry Hospice Foundation is in its third year of its pledge and are now in the early days of providing support for two nurse practitioners for Kerry in the future, she added.

"The pledge is now in the region of €650,000 yearly to keep all the services within both units and the Home Care services going. This would not be possible without the wonderful generosity of the public, our volunteers and all the businesses throughout the county that continue to support the Foundation."

Virtual Christmas Tree

Another way to support Kerry Hospice Foundation this Christmas is via the virtual Light To Remember Christmas tree which is now in its fourth year.

"It is a lovely way to remember so many of our loved ones who are no longer with us and to let someone special know you are thinking of them at this time of year."

Go to and from there you can leave a public message for a loved one which can be seen in the live book or just sponsor a light on the tree without a name.

All donations from the tree will again go to fund the Inpatient Unit, the Day Unit, the Home Care services and the two nurse practitioners.

The Kerry Hospice Foundation Virtual Tree will be live right up to and during Christmas.

"It is a lovely way to remember someone special while supporting such valuable services here in Kerry."

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The quarterly report found the market had held up […]




By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]




A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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