50 YEARS STRONG: James and Sheila Looney, Gortroe, Fossa celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the weekend.
By Michelle Crean
The secret to a successful and happy marriage is "patience" according to one local couple who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the weekend. James and Sheila Looney, Gortroe, Fossa may not have had the day out that they dreamed of all these years as they approached the 50 year mark - but instead a small gathering with family on Easter Saturday was just as special.
The couple, James originally from Park Road, and Sheila (nee Sugrue) from St Brendan's Terrace, met at a dance in the town hall in October 1967.
However, it wasn't for the love of trying to get her attention as it took a persistent James a few goes to get her to agree to dance with him.
"I asked her to dance three times but she refused," he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
"I went back and asked her again and it worked."
The couple got engaged in 1970, and the following year married in St Mary's Cathedral on March 31.
[caption id="attachment_36970" align="alignleft" width="398"] WEDDING DAY: James and Sheila Looney pictured on their wedding day in March 1971.[/caption]
The wedding was officiated by James' brother Fr Thomas, a curate in Wembley at the time, who came home from England for their special day. Best man was Sheila's brother Teddy Sugrue, bridesmaid was James' sister Mary Looney, pageboy was Alan O'Connor and flower girl duties fell to Eileen Buckley. All enjoyed a wonderful reception in the Dromhall Hotel afterwards.
They settled in Gortroe where they raised six daughters Jacqueline, Sharon, Sandra, Allison, Siobhan and Patricia. And as James added, he was "blessed amongst women".
The weekend just gone should have been a huge celebration for their family, friends and neighbours, including those who attended their wedding all those years ago. However, COVID meant other plans had to be made.
Instead, the couple gathered at the home place in Park Road with a select few family members where their union was once again blessed by Fr Thomas. James brother Fr Donal beamed in from Sacramento in California and also gave them a special blessing, while other family members joined in online.
"Due to to restrictions it was completely curtailed," James, who said they're still madly in love today, added. "What we would have liked was to gather again with our family, neighbours and anyone who was there [at the wedding]. We'd like to thank everyone who sent cards and well wishes on our days ahead."
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. […]
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.
“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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.
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