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Killarney Advertiser fantasy football league up and running

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WITH over 130 entrants so far – and cash prizes to be won every month – Killarney Advertiser's own fantasy football league is sure to provide plenty of entertainment.

The quest to find Killarney’s top fantasy football manager is under way as the best wheelers and dealers in town go head to head in the league.

All of our managers will put their football knowledge to the test every week by carefully selecting their team of Premier League stars. If the players they select perform well enough they could be in with a chance of scooping a Manager of the Month award, or even the grand prize in May.

At the end of every month, the manager with the best record over that four-week period will walk away with €50. That means it’s never too late to join; although you might be playing catch-up in the overall tournament, you still have multiple chances to win our Manager of the Month prize.

The grand prize (which will be announced shortly) will be handed out in May.

To join, simply visit fantasy.premierleague.com, set up your team (if you haven’t already done so), go to ‘join new leagues’ and enter the code 3362128-949534.

The forthcoming set of midweek fixtures signals the final Gameweek in January and there are plenty of mangers still in with a great chance of claiming the money.

The absence and subsequent return of Chelsea’s Diego Costa was a potential game changer but seasoned fantasy manager Conor Healy did just fine without him. Defender Marcos Alonso’s huge score of 21 two weeks ago and his bold selection of Andy Carroll, who has three goals in two games, both pivotal in sending Healy ten points clear at the top of the hilariously named Serie A-dvertiser.

Jack O’Connor and Damien McCormick are both ten points behind and they, along with the rest of the chasing pack, will have to choose their captains carefully if they want to go get their hands on the cash.

Elsewhere, Shane Doolan has propelled himself well up the table with the highest score of Gameweek 22. He triple-captained Alexis Sánchez which earned him 24 points and an overall score of 80. He’s now 21 points behind the leader.

Honourable mention, too, to Conor Magill who has the best team name in the league. Unfortunately for him, you don’t get points for being gas in Serie A-dvertiser and Fiorentina Turner are currently 127th.

After a decent enough week I’ve managed to climb up to 12th but with 25 points to make up I’m unlikely to challenge this month. I suppose it would be a bit shady if I were winning prizes in a competition I set up myself so in the unlikely event that I finish top on any given month (and trust me, given my record in fantasy football this is very, very unlikely), the €50 will go to a random manager in the league.

And in the even more unlikely event of me winning the competition outright (again I can’t stress enough how improbable this is), the grand prize will go to whoever finishes second.

So best of luck to all of our managers and stay tuned for more updates.

Current league table:

1. Conor Healy – 172
2. Jack O’Connor – 162

2. Damien McCormick – 162

4. Kieran Costello – 159

5. Parick O’Connor – 158

6. Niall McCarthy – 156

7. Jerry O’Shea – 153

8. Shane Doolan – 151

8. Pádraig McAllister – 151

10. Cormac Foley - 150

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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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