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Irish motorcycle star steps into help local racer

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RACER: Kevin Coyne (centre) launched his UK motorcycle racing season outside Robertinos Restaurant. Pictured are: Rita Jasiuniene (Manager), Paola Taddiei (Proprietor), Kevin Coyne, Mark Coyne, and Sandro Taddiei (Proprietor). Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

A young Killarney motorcycle racer is to get one-on-one tuition from one of Ireland’s best racers ahead of his British debut next month.

 

Kevin Coyne is planning an extended series of UK events in the absence of any Irish racing this year.

Earlier this month, the Killarney-based rider revealed he was turning his attention to the opening rounds of the British Superbike (BSB) Championship and has now added the first round of the Thundersport GB Championship to his schedule which gets underway at Donington Park in Leicestershire on the last weekend of July. One week later the BSB championship opens at the same venue.

Ahead of his UK debut, the 18-year-old conducted a two-day test session at Mondello Park in County Kildare under the guidance of Caolán Irwin.

The Donegal-based racer is one of the rising stars of the Irish motorcycle racing scene having finished second in the Dunlop Irish Masters last year.

Irwin and his older brother Rhys have previously contested events in both the BSB and Thundersport GB championships and is now offering his experience to the young Killarney rider.

“He is super-experienced and to have someone like that ride with me and watch my progress is a massive boost,” Coyne told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am very excited to be heading to England, there are far more opportunities over there and I just want to make the most of it.”

Coyne launched his UK season outside Robertinos Restaurant on Tuesday last week. The popular High Street eatery is one of his chief local sponsors for the season ahead.

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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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