LAST Friday night, we brought our Killarney RFC U8s and our girls players to Thomond Park to watch Munster take on Welsh outfit Scarlets in the PRO 12. There was much excitement on the bus up to Limerick as the kids looked forward to seeing the men in red play and hopefully extend their lead at the top of the table.
The weather reports looked ominous as we left Aghadoe and the misty conditions on the way up to Limerick made us think that the match might be a washout. However, a cracking first half saw Jaco Taute cross the white line right in front of us at the try line, for the opening try and Tyler Bleyendaal scored another right in front of us. There was much to cheer about as Conor Oliver crossed for the third of the night and the score stood at 21-6 at half time.
Some people joked that we may not see too much of the action in the second half from our vantage point, however, the Scarlets had different ideas. Three tries in quick succession saw the lead disappear and Scarlets ran out winners in the end on 21-30 with Munster scoreless in the second half and losing their first home game of the season. A disappointing finish, however everyone really enjoyed the trip to Limerick and the visit to McDonalds certainly raise the spirits!
The national side were also in action last weekend as Rory Best’s men took on France at the Aviva, hoping for a better result than Munster’s the night previous. The selection of Johnny Sexton over Paddy Jackson caused much debate in the build-up, but Sexton silenced his detractors with a superb display. A man-of-the-match display from Conor Murray saw Ireland win 19-9 and are surely two of the first names on Warren Gatland’s Lions plane! Next weekend, the lads travel to Cardiff and hope to pile more misery on Wales, who were beaten by Scotland for the first time in 10 years. A very interesting Six Nations championship this is working out to be for sure!
Closer to home, Killarney Rugby Club’s under-18s travelled to Crosshaven for the final match of the season, in very difficult weather conditions. This was the quarter-final of the U18 Bowl and unfortunately were beaten by a very strong Crosshaven side on the day. Killarney found it difficult to cope with the Atlantic gale which made it impossible to retain possession. It was a tough match but the lads can be proud of themselves for the hard work and huge commitment shown right across the season. Well done to Pat F. O'Connor, Denis Reen and Ger Maher for their hard work across the season also.
The Killarney Rugby Club under-18 team who took on Highfield last week.
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. […]
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.
“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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.
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...
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...
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