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New range of holistic treatments at the Dunloe

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A new exclusive luxury treat - which is one hundred percent natural and handmade - has just been launched at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.

GROUND holistic treatments, designed by Peigín Crowley, is a collection of face balms and body oils that are natural, giving nourishment while helping to bring focus, ritual and intention into our mind and body.

The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens is proud to offer a team of veteran holistic therapists, who look forward to guiding you through your treatment experience, delivering unique body treatments featuring the artisan products from GROUND Wellbeing.

Where ‘time in nature’ is the greatest healer of all – The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens offers the most stunning location overlooking the Gap of Dunloe and Corrán Tuathail, encouraging walks through the private 64 acre estate with beautiful gardens. Then you are invited to surrender to a GROUND restorative ritual, created to encourage us all to ‘tóg go bog é’, to take it softly and to mind ourselves.

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GROUND Rituals at The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens have been created to celebrate the importance of taking space for sacred moments to mind yourself and be minded, to reconnect to source and replenish. Blending mindfulness - being fully present in our body - with breathwork, the power of touch, and the potent aromatherapy oils, GROUND Rituals will invite this awareness while encouraging a relaxed and peaceful state, a return to self.

“It has been a wonderful experience to launch GROUND ‘hands-on therapy’ rituals with The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, especially as the hotel is bedded into such a spectacular natural landscape - lending itself beautifully to the notion of grounded rituals and wellness retreats for those looking to restore and reset, spending time in nature,” creative aromatherapist and GROUND founder, Peigín Crowley, said. "I am very proud to partner with such a gem in Killarney.”

There are four GROUND Rituals at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens — The Grounding Full Body Massage (60mins - €90), The Grounding Ritual (60mins - €90 or 90mins - €150), The Restorative Face, Neck and Scalp Ritual (60mins - €90), and The Comforting Ritual (60mins - €90 or 90mins - €150 for pregnancy). Each GROUND Ritual includes gentle breathwork, hands-on rhythmical pressures and techniques, including Gua Sha stones and the compelling powers of aromatherapy oils. All these elements combine to create a mindful moment in time customised for you - a moment to be truly present in your body as you lean into relaxation and peacefulness.

GROUND Rituals are exclusively available at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens and to reserve a spa treatment, please email treatments@thedunloe.com in advance of your arrival to avoid disappointment.

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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. […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

PUP

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.

Deposits

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.

Rents

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 tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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