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Legion and Dr Crokes face potential relegation play off

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By Sean Moriarty

An unprecedented run of events on local Gaelic Football pitches is set to divide the entire town.

Gearoid Nagle and Paudie O'Callaghan from the Fáilte Hotel.

The town’s two biggest senior football clubs could face each other in a relegation playoff that could condemn one of them to intermediate club football next season.

The playoff match, which cannot be played until after the County Championship ends later this month or in early November, will spark intense rivalry across the entire town.

Both teams finished bottom of their respective Club Championship groups. The relegation playoff will be played once both teams are eliminated from the separate County Championship.

“Crokes getting relegated would be one of the biggest shocks in living memory, they have seven County Championship titles between 2010 and 2018, plus an All-Ireland [club title] in 2017,” said the Killarney Advertiser's Sports Editor Adam Moynihan. “Legion have been senior since 2006 so their relegation would also be unexpected. The match also raises the prospect of Crokes or Legion joining East Kerry for the 2022 championship. Some people already think East Kerry are too strong.”

However, there is a chance that the match won't be played at all. If either team reaches the final of the County Championship, the other will be relegated automatically. County Championship finalists are exempt from relegation but this exerts even greater pressure on both sides to reach the County Championship final.

Street banter has already started

Fans of each club have already taken aim at their cross-town rivals as our roving reporter Grigoriy Geniyevskiy found out on this travels this week.

Paudie O'Callaghan from the Fáilte Hotel, a Dr Crokes supporter said: "I'm slightly worried because a derby is always a tough game. I'm also slightly confident. It will be a huge setback if we get relegated. It will be a good match to look forward to for both teams."

Meanwhile Gearoid Nagle who works in the Fáilte is a Legion supporter.

"I am extremely confident and not in the least bit worried," Gearoid told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It'll be a blow if Crokes knock us down, but that goes for both ways. Niall 'Botty' will be looking to get a green and white jersey."

Meanwhile in the Sportsmans Bar on High St, most of the locals hoped Dr Crokes would be the winning team.

"Crokes will win," said Max McCarthy.

"Legion still have a chance. It'll be a tough game," said Paudie Dwyer.

"Crokes to beat Legion by 10 points," added Declan O'Riordan.

However, John Cronin, the owner of Sportsmans remained coy. "Good luck to both sides," he said.

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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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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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