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Operation Transformation to visit Killarney for parkrun

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WELL, we've been following the fortunes of the Operation Transformation leaders (pictured above with the TV series presenter Kathryn Thomas) on the small screen in recent weeks, and now it's time to put our best foot forward ourselves as RTÉ visits the Killarney parkrun this weekend.

As RTÉ’s Operation Transformation concludes with its official 5k finale event in Phoenix Park, Killarney parkrun has been selected as one of four parkrun locations where the RTÉ cameras will be paying a visit!!

So whether you are a runner, a jogger, a stroller or a walker, we would love you to join us at Killarney parkrun this Saturday, February 18, at 9.15am for the pre-event briefing, so as to start promptly at 9.30am.

“All you need to do, if not already done to date, is to register once with www.parkrun.ie/register,” said Cora Carrigg of Killarney parkrun. “Print out your personal barcode you receive and bring it along with you each and every Saturday morning.”

Cora added: “So come along, bring a friend and take part in this community led event, which takes place each and every Saturday, made possible by the wonderful volunteers. parkrun is built on volunteerism, so always seeks volunteers to assist. Buggies and dogs on a short lead (one dog per person) are also welcome. Join us afterwards for a cuppa and a chat in the Muckross Garden Restaurant.”

Allow yourself ample time for parking and head for Killarney parkrun’s starting point, which is within Muckross House Car Park, opposite the Muckross Traditional Farms.

Killarney parkrun has been supported by the Department of Arts Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs - Killarney National Park, HSE, Kerry County Council and Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership.

Also Tralee parkrun and Tralee junior parkrun takes place every Saturday and Sunday respectively, in Tralee Town Park at 9.30am, with pre-run briefs at 9.15am. Tralee parkrun is a free weekly timed 5k run open to all abilities and will also be facilitating the 5k Operation Transformation run. Tralee junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14 years. It is open to all, free and are safe and easy to take part in.

 


 
Above: RTE's Operation Transformation leaders pictured with Kathryn Thomas, Chris McElligott, Maire Grace, Maireád Redmond, Kathryn Thomas, Yvonne Keenan-Ross and Seán Daly.

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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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