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Killarney hosts Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition

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Soft day: Local gillies, Pat Buckley, left, Maurice Willis and John Quilligan, waiting for the summer rain to stop to take team members of the Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition for their first practice run on Lough Lein, Killarney before the main competition later this week. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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LOUGH LEIN in Killarney is the place to be to catch this year’s Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition. Competing in the event are Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland in a competition that dates back to 1985. The hosting for the competition is rotated annually and Killarney has been chosen as the location for this year’s prestigious event.

Anglers for all teams must be under the age of 18 years to participate in the event and though there are no lower age limit for participation in the event, in recent years some participants have been aged as young as 12 years of age. This year’s event held in Lough Lein in Killarney saw teams arriving in Killarney on Sunday, July 31.

All four teams are staying with Randles Hotel in Killarney on the Muckross Road. “The hotel has been chosen as the ideal location for participants of the event to enjoy the homely, comfortable and relaxing surroundings of Randles Hotel,” said Tom Randles, general manager, Randles Hotel.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to host all the teams participating in this year’s event. It’s a fantastic the event is taking place in Lough Lein in Killarney, and I am really looking forward to the competition. Randles Hotel has previously hosted teams participating in both the ladies and men’s International and European Fly Fishing Competitions in previous years, but this is our first Youth Event we have hosted run by the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland, and we are delighted to welcome them to Killarney.”

On Sunday, the participants of the event enjoyed an opening dinner at the hotel and attend a brief welcoming speech.

Over the past two days, the young anglers have been enjoying the opportunity to practise between 10am to 5pm with their coaches in Lough Lein.

The competition starts tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3, and all teams will march to their boats waving the country’s flag they are representing led by a piper. The competition will start on 10am and finish at 5pm. Excitement will then follow when all fish will be measured and fish that are longer than 22cm will only be eligible and all anglers catch will be recorded and totalled up to determine the winning team.

The following night all teams will attend a gala dinner for presentation of prizes and medals.

“Once again each team will be led into the room by a piper. After dinner, each team captain will give a short speech and call up his team mates to receive their international medals,” said Mr Randles.

Prizes for each countries best angler and biggest fish will be presented. A prize for the overall best angler will be presented as well as a prize for the overall biggest fish.

On Thursday, August 4, all teams will leave for home. The event will be a fantastic experience for the young anglers, and it’s hoped many of the participants will make great friendships with their opponents, and keep in touch through digital platforms such as social media and mobile apps in the future.
 


 
Soft day: Local gillies, Pat Buckley, left, Maurice Willis and John Quilligan, waiting for the summer rain to stop to take team members of the Four Nations Youth International Fly Fishing Competition for their first practice run on Lough Lein, Killarney before the main competition later this week. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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