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Killarney Credit Union helping make home heating more affordable




With the Cost of Living Crisis rising to record levels, Killarney Credit Union has launched a new loan product designed to help members budget and pay for home heating products.

Members' needs are always to the forefront in the development of the credit union's business with members conveying their worries on meeting bills this winter, Karena McCarthy Marketing & Development Officer with Killarney Credit Union explained."Among their worries were home heating costs. In the development of the product we spoke to a number of local companies based in, and delivering to customers, in our common bond. To this end we are delighted to announce that we are a finance partner to six locally based companies; CRL Oil, Corrib Oil, Geaney Oils, Killarney Oils/Top Oil, M&J Kelleher LTD and Sceilg Ola," she said."The process is simple. If you are considering ordering oil off your oil company of choice and you would like to spread the cost into easy instalments over a time frame that suits you, please contact Killarney Credit Union. You can apply in branch, online or over the phone. "Our members' needs are always priority and at the moment some members are worried about bills and this is why we developed this product. Obviously we always have the bigger loan products but we want members to know we do loans for the smaller items or bills also."She also added that they are particularly delighted with the response from the local oil companies based in and distributing in the local area."We are a community based organisation working for and with the community and this is just a small part that we can play in potentially helping make life a little easier for some of our members."The six oil companies join an ever growing list of companies participating in the CU Easypay Scheme.If you wish to pay for products or services provided by a wide range of companies listed on CU Easypay - you can apply for a loan with Killarney Credit Union to pay for these products or services over a time frame that suits you.For further information on CU Easypay partners visit, or if you are a business that would like to participate, please contact Karena McCarthy on 064 6623730.



Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]




The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!


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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]




Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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