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Prepare your home for the onset of winter

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

As winter is upon us, here are some tips to help you prepare and protect your home and property from inclement weather.

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CHECK FOR CRACKS

Check there are no cracks in any bricks, slates or tiles as water can get into them, freeze, expand and cause damage. All parts of a fixed water system, such as boilers, radiator stop values, taps and all piping should be inspected by a qualified plumber at least once a year.

CLEAN THE CHIMNEY

Don’t forget to sweep the chimney as upswept chimneys are a potential fire hazard especially after a period of dry weather. Clearing your gutters and drains will go a long way to protecting your property from rain damage. Clearing moss from driveways and patios is also recommended.

Apply insulating lagging to pipes particularly in cold areas like the attic, outbuildings or where pipes are external. Water tanks and cisterns should also be fitted with adequate lagging insulation. Please ensure that insulation is on top of roof piping, not under, to benefit from heating coming from below.

ALARMS

Check all the house alarms are in working order; smoke, carbon monoxide and intruder alarms. Leaving the attic door open while the heating is on will allow warm air to reach pipes high up in the attic and prevent them from freezing. Know where your stop valve is, so that if you do have a leak, you can turn off the water.

If you are away from home during the winter set the heating to come on when the temperature drops below a certain point to prevent freezing. The coldest time is between 1am and 3am.

UNOCCUPIED HOMES

If your home is to be unoccupied for an extended period, inform your insurers and drain the water system so that freezing of pipes cannot occur.

Finally it is recommended to make sure the whole family know what to if you have a burst pipe or storm damage. Please check on the well-being of elderly neighbours and ask a friend or relation to check your house on a daily basis if you are away during the winter months.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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