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Peter’s perfect gift will help sick children

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By Michelle Crean

Last Saturday was a big day for one Kilcummin lad who transformed his look by cutting 13 inches off his long hair.

WATCHING: Peter's mom Aislinn and grandmother Celia watched through the window as Peter's hair was braided for the cut.

THE FINAL LOOK: Peter Herlihy pictured with his final look after his haircut.

PONYTAILS: 10 ponytails measuring 13 inches each were sent to The Little Princess Trust this week.

Peter Herlihy nervously entered Sean Taaffe's Killarney salon in The Courtyard, where Sandra O'Sullivan, with the assistance of Sean Jackman and Eoin Sheehan, gave him a whole new look.

Peter, who has so far raised €2,800 of a €1,000 goal via GoFundMe for The Little Princess Trust, is still on cloud nine this week as his charitable act is set to benefit four children who have lost their hair due to cancer.

In all, Peter donated 10 ponytails of his hair - measuring 13 inches each which have already been sent to the charity this week.

Peter, son of John and Aislinn, came up with the idea of cutting his hair for charity after discussing it with his mom. And, after conducting his own research online he found The Little Princess Trust which provides free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. It also funds research into the long-term effects of medications used to treat childhood cancer and illnesses.

“I had butterflies going into Sean Taaffe’s to get my hair cut," Peter told the Killarney Advertiser. "I was very excited at the idea of giving my hair away to someone who needed it more than me. If you want to do something good, you shouldn't do it just to feel good - you should do it to do good".

And Peter's friends loved the transformation - but couldn’t believe how different he looked. They even advised him to be careful in the sun saying that he now needed to invest in sunscreen for his newly exposed ears and neck!

“We’ve been at Peter to cut his hair for ages, but he always said he would only cut it if he had a good reason to and if it would end up helping someone," his proud mom Aislinn added.

"Eventually, he decided that helping those with childhood cancer would be a cool thing to do, so that’s what he did. He was very determined to make it work.”

Donations can still be made by Debit, Credit Card or Apple Pay on the GoFundMe page: Peter's Fundraiser for The Little Princess Trust.

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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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