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Killarney rent issues affecting locals and businesses alike

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Rent prices in Kerry are up 8.9% on the same quarter in 2017 according to a new report published by property website Daft.ie. The average price in the county is €768. Incredibly, rents are now 27% higher than they were at their previous peak in 2008.

Locals and would-be migrant workers have found it especially hard to get suitable property in Killarney town in recent times and a quick internet search reveals why. There are just nine residential properties listed for Killarney on Daft.ie, three of which are in the town itself. Airbnb, meanwhile, has over 300 Killarney properties on its website.

Business is booming for the short-term letting website with users earning around €2,000 over the summer period. Airbnb claim they are contributing significantly to the tourist industry but critics say short-term lettings are harming Ireland’s rental sector.

You can understand local people trying to make a quick buck but the lack of accommodation is putting a real strain on local businesses who are finding it virtually impossible to locate appropriate accommodation for prospective staff. Earlier this year, The Europe Hotel announced plans to tackle the issue head on: they’re building a €3 million staff accommodation block to house an additional 40 employees.

With no sign of the problem resolving itself, other businesses may soon be forced to go down a similar route.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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