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Organisers of golf classic thank generous locals for support

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THANK YOU: Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan, Pat O'Neill, Henry Bartlett and Tim Jones pictured at the recent Joanne Downey Golf Classic.

 

The organisers of the Joanne Downey Golf Classic held in late September have this week thanked everybody who contributed to make it a successful event.

Held at Beaufort Golf Club on Thursday September 24, Friday 25, and Saturday 26, the committee made up of Noelle Crosbie, Tim Jones, Tim O’Sullivan, Niall 'Botty' O’Callaghan, Tommy Galvin, Dermot Cronin, Keith Cummins, Pat O’Neill and Con O’Sullivan, said that the community were incredibly generous with their donations.

The three day event saw the community rally together with 93 teams taking part which was organised to raise funds for the family of Joanne Downey, who died in a tragic road accident at the Cleeney roundabout in July.

"Heartfelt thanks to our main sponsors Independent Irish Health Foods and Killarney Lions Club without whom the event could never have happened, and to all the various tee box sponsors who were so generous and supportive and to the 93 teams that participated and made the event so enjoyable," Tim O'Sullivan from the committee told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Thanks also to Tadgh and Helen Clifford of Beaufort Golf Club who accommodated us and made everybody feel so welcome at their beautiful golf course, and to the many anonymous people who have been incredibly generous with their donations, and the people of Killarney who took this fundraising event to their hearts and showed once again what community spirit is truly all about.

"Thanks also to the many nameless tradesmen who have donated their time and craftmanship in the weeks since the golf classic we cannot thank you enough for everything that you are doing."

Winners

The results of the Golf Classic was as follows:

Overall:
1st. G. Keating – T. Sugrue – D. O’Shea 62 points.
2nd. M. Sheahan – P. Sheahan – J. Cleary 60 points.
3rd. M. Lucey – L. O’Donnell – D. Kelly 60 points.
4th. P. O’Shea – G. O’Shea – M. O’Shea 59 points.
5th. H. Kerins – J. Egan – D. Dennehy 59 points.

Best All Ladies Team: A. Mulcahy – E. Fleming – J. Dwyer 55 points.

Best Mixed Team: C. Lowe – D. Shine – J. Lowe 54 points.

Best Non GUI Team: M. Coffey – A. O’Sullivan – A. Clerkin 59 points.

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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