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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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