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KERRY team trainer Eamonn Fitzmaurice and footballer James O'Donoghue took time out from training this week for one big push for the Kerry Expo which takes place in the INEC, Killarney, on Sunday, April 9.

The Kerry Expo takes place on April 9 in the INEC and the entire event promises fun, activity and a stellar line up of family entertainment. Over 130 businesses will exhibit and the entertainment programme includes, 9ft Robot Ted, Storm Troopers, 6ft robot, magic shows, The Tall Gent and drum dancing.

In a bid to stimulate interest and advancement in STEM projects, Kerry-based companies and organisations have actively taken steps to encourage children to participate in fun and interactive workshops, including The Wacky Science Pod hosted by Astellas and circus workshops with Malachy Kelly. Astellas is offering a range of enticing prizes. The competitions will be held at the Expo on April 9 and registration for workshops is advisable for more details go to Kerryexpo.ie

Meanwhile in the lead-up to the event, secondary school students can be in with the chance to win a €500 prize for their “Why Kerry” story. Students are asked to take a 30-second video of what they most love about living in Kerry and with parental permission, post their video to YouTube and submit the link with their contact details to info@kerryexpo.ie. The winner will be announced at the EXPO.

Vintage cars and tractors will also be among the key attractions while you will also get to savour tips from the Supervalu cooking demos and tastings from the Food Academy as well as a tipple or two from the Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder. The Bon Secours Hospital is offering an amazing list of free health checks and will have qualified staff at hand throughout the day.

Fashion as well as business, sport, lifestyle, entertainment and recruitment across the entire county will be showcased.

Kerry Expo aims to highlight the county’s many social and commercial offerings. It is designed to allow companies of all sizes to integrate, while at the same time connect and engage with the Kerry community in a fun and interactive environment. Corporations, industries and organisations across Kerry have collaborated with the GAA and IFA to raise awareness with regards to the social and commercial aspects of the county, in a bid to repopulate both the playing fields and the vacant job positions.

The director of Kerry Expo, Liz Maher, said: “Events like this are extremely costly both from a financial and resource commitment. The support extended by the management team, supporting partners and financial sponsors and sponsors in kind, has been truly amazing. Together major companies, organisations and institutions have contributed greatly, allowing us to bring a day of celebration to Kerry, while at the same time keeping costs at affordable levels for smaller businesses. Contributions and sponsorship has facilitated inclusion and support for small and start-up companies and allowed them to contribute to the greater business community" For registration and further details go to kerryexpo.ie

 


 
Above: Kerry team trainer Eamonn Fitzmaurice and footballer James O'Donoghue took time out from training this week for one big push for the Kerry Expo which takes place in the INEC, Killarney, on Sunday, April 9. They are pictured with Killarney Municipal District Mayor Cllr Brendan Cronin, Angela McAllen, Kerry County Council, Karie Larkin, Astellas Killorglin, Sinead Delaney, Enercon and entertainer Malachy Kelly with an old Ford car at the Kerry EXPO push at Fitzgerald Stadium this week. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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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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