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Kerry Rose Danielle O’Sullivan hitting the road to the Dome

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Kerry Rose Danielle O'Sullivan with Legion members and sponsors, front, Paul Trant of Keane's Jewellers, and Tina Moynihan, Lela Thai Spa, back, Dave Randles, Randles Brothers, Sean Murphy of Lord Kenmare's, and Ian Trant, Sewells Pharmacy. PICTURE: DYLAN CLIFFORD

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WE WISH our Kerry Rose Danielle O’Sullivan the very best as she makes the short trip from Killarney to the Dome for the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

The Killarney native will be among 65 Roses from all over the world who will take part in this year’s extended festival, from August 17 to 23.

Danielle’s club mates at Legion GAA Club are among her many supporters, as are her colleagues from the Killarney Grand Hotel.

The 2016 Kerry Rose played football with Killarney Legion and last night the club held a reception for Danielle where those wishing her well included her coach at juvenile level Paudie Breen.

“We presented Danielle with good luck gifts from the club and sponsors,” said Enda Walshe, chairman, Killarney Legion.

“Many thanks to Dave Randles of Randles Bros, Tina Moynihan of Lela Thai Spa, Sean Murphy of Lord Kenmare’s, Paul Trant of Keanes Jewellers and Ian Trant of Sewells Pharmacy who presented Danielle with her gifts, including her own personalised Legion jersey. The whole club wishes Danielle the very best of luck in the upcoming Rose of Tralee Festival.”

The 23-year-old, a Masters student at University of Limerick, said: “I feel so thankful and privileged to be given the opportunity to represent my county at this year’s Rose of Tralee, and look forward to the adventure ahead.”

Prior to arriving in Tralee, Danielle will embark on a five-day tour taking in some of Ireland’s top tourism landmarks.

The format for this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival has changed to allow every Rose travel to Tralee to enjoy the event in its entirety.

Each Rose who takes part in the qualifying selections, also presented by Dáithí Ó Sé in the Dome, on either August 17 or 18, will find out on August 21 if she will be appearing on the televised selections on August 22 or 23. However, the Kerry Rose will be the only one guaranteed a place on the live TV selection.
 


 
Pictured above: Kerry Rose Danielle O’Sullivan with Legion members and sponsors, front, Paul Trant of Keane’s Jewellers, and Tina Moynihan, Lela Thai Spa, back, Dave Randles, Randles Bros, Sean Murphy of Lord Kenmare’s, and Ian Trant, Sewells Pharmacy. PICTURE: DYLAN CLIFFORD

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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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