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Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage restore Land Rover 90 for Charity

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The Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage officially launched their restored 1989 Land Rover 90 last Wednesday evening at Dermot Healy Motors, Killarney, giving the Land Rover a whole new lease of life in the name of charity.

Following the success of the club’s Massey Fergusson 135 Tractor, which was fully restored for charity last year and raised an incredible €50,000, the club took on a bigger challenge of an old Land Rover 90 which happens to coincide with Land Rover celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

The club sourced the old Land Rover through a friend of the club in Cork with the vehicle being off the road since 2002 and with only 82,000 miles on the clock. The vehicle was in good condition except for the bulk head which had a serious rust issue. The chassis and other components were well-maintained but the club decided to do a full and complete dismantle last November when the project began. This included the full galvanising of the chassis and, to give it a modern look, the club adding a sump guard, winch, roof rack, awning and LED lights. A full body spray was carried out to make it a dream machine.

Club Chairman James Looney estimated that it took over 300 hours of voluntary time to complete the restoration, which would not have been possible to complete without the huge support of the club members, sponsors and supporters through all walks of life.  “The project was a great social event for our committee and club members and would like to sincerely thank everyone who got involved with the project,” James added.

Benefitting this year from the proceeds are Down Syndrome Kerry and Recovery Haven Cancer Support Group. To be in with a chance of winning this immaculately restored vehicle, purchase tickets (€10 each) online at www.killarneyvintage.com, directly from both charities and from various outlets. The Land Rover will be at different events throughout the county over the summer months with the draw taking place on November 17 next. If you have any queries, please contact the club secretary on 087 3381842.

Well done to all involved in this worthy project. Such an endeavour takes a huge amount of hard work and no little ingenuity. With two deserving charities set to benefit, we would encourage everyone to show their support and buy a ticket or two.

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on MyHome.ie in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 killarney@dng.ie for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]

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A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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