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Killarney drivers join supercar Cannonball event

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“What am I going to do next weekend?” joked Colin O’Donoghue as he steered a Porsche Panamera Sport away from the Ballygarry House Hotel on Saturday evening.

ON THE RUN: Brian and Kieran Glover with their Nissan Skyline R-35 at the Ballygarry Hotel lunch halt on Saturday.

CANNONBALL: Ken O’Neill and Liam Murphy took part in the Cannonball Run last weekend.

PORSCHE: Colin O’Donoghue drove Tadgh O’Sullivan’s Porsche on the charity run.

Fresh from his previous weekend’s rally success in Belgium, O’Donoghue and his future father-in-law, Killarney garage owner Tadgh O’Sullivan, were taking part in their first Cannonball Run in Tadgh’s Porsche.

“Where else would see such a collection of these cars in the one place?” said Tadgh.

Cannonball, the action-packed supercar spectacle, arrived in Kerry on Saturday morning.

After an overnight halt in Cork, the one hundred or so supercars made their way to a lunch stop at the Tralee hotel before completing leg-two in Galway later that day.

The cars and their drivers, many of them in fancy dress, took in Kenmare, Moll’s Gap and Killarney before the lunch-stop. They departed Tralee and headed for the Shannon Ferry at Tarbert, under a Garda escort, via Listowel.

The O’Sullivan/O’Donoghue Porsche was just one of several local cars entered in the event that raises funds for the HOPE Foundation.

Killarney garage owner Brian Glover of BG Motors on the Tralee Road, and his brother Kieran were another local team in the road-run. They drove a Nissan Skyline R-35 on the three-day event that eventually finished in Belfast on Sunday night.

“It is an unreal buzz,” said Brian. “Young and old love it and we got an unreal welcome in every town we pass through.”

A similar car was driven by Ken O’Neill of O’Neill’s Power Tools in Milltown and Tralee. The cancellation of the exhibition element of the National Ploughing Championships, due to Coronavirus restrictions, allowed the long-time car enthusiast to participate in the event for the first time.

“The two events always clash and we would be too busy at the ploughing,” he said.

Tralee garage man Gio Gaudino drove a Mercedes C-Class V8 Bi-Turbo in the event.

“It is great to do something for charity, the target is €120,000 and they will do it,” he said.

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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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