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Killarney Regatta is all set to make a splash

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FROM this morning and throughout the day, the rowing fraternity of Killarney will flock to the Mahony’s Point course where the 232nd annual Killarney Regatta is being staged and the news emerging from all six competing clubs is that they will be competing in all the 17 races on the regatta programme.

Killarney has a rowing tradition dating back to the early 1800s and what makes it unique in the world of rowing is that the town and its environs can muster a grand total of six clubs.

Muckross who have been enjoying much success in recent years has a history dating back to 1800 and claim to be one of the oldest clubs in Ireland. Their neighbours in that region are Flesk Valley, established in 1923. Fossa, once known as Aghadoe Boat Club and established in 1893, draws its membership from the parish of Fossa while down beside Ross Castle we have Commercials, established in 1886. St Brendan’s were formed in 1895 and Workmen in 1920. All of the clubs enjoyed much success over the years.

While the annual Killarney Regatta may be the focal point of the rowing season the majority of those six clubs now compete regularly at regatta around the country and at coastal rowing events in both Kerry and Cork with the result that the rowing season now stretches from mid-January to late October and we must also taker cognisance of the fact that three Killarney oarsmen namely Paul Griffin, Sean Casey and Cathal Moynihan rowed for Ireland in the Olympic Games. This was akin to the feats achieved by the O'Donovan brothers from Skibbereen, which has helped to promote rowing as a sport in the county,

As the cost of staging the regatta continues to escalate each year the committee is deeply indebted to its sponsors, who contribute generously each year and are also greatly indebted to the management of Killarney golf club who have made their facilities available since 1954 when the regatta was first staged on that course.

LADIES RACES

Rowing has been growing in popularity among the fair sex over the years. This year’s programme will feature eight races for the competing ladies’ crews and the full programme is as follows.

PROGRAMME

9.30am, ladies juvenile sixes followed by the juvenile men’s sixes, junior ladies’ sixes, junior men’s sixes, minor ladies’ sixes, minor men’s sixes, veteran men’s sixes, veteran ladies’ sixes, senior men’s sixes, novice ladies’ sixes, novice men’s sixes, junior ladies’ fours, junior men’s’ fours, senior ladies’ fours, senior men’s’ fours.

Onshore entertainment will be provided by the Mary 0'Leary School of Dancing while the bonny baby contest will also attract much attention.

Win lose or draw, the contestants will assemble for the annual regatta dance and presentation of prizes on Tuesday, June 27, during which the winner of the Regatta Queen Contest will be announced.

 


 
Above: The Killarney Regatta committee at the 2017 regatta launch at the Killarney Avenue with sponsors, including Killarney Advertiser, represented by Kieran Healy, business development manager, back, right. 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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