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South Kerry Impress in Féile na nGael Campaign

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The South Kerry U-14 Hurling Team (sponsored by Forrest Safety Solutions Ltd) arrived safely in Oran last Friday afternoon to play their first of two games against the home side, Oran, and North Wicklow Gaels. They made a good start to the weekend, defeating the home side comfortably in the first game on a scoreline of 5-10 to 0-07. The next game was a much more challenging encounter with North Wicklow Gaels. South Kerry were leading at half-time but a strong second half from the Wicklow side saw them claim victory, 0-08 to 1-02.

On Saturday morning, South Kerry faced their host club, Claremorris, at 10.45am. A great performance saw the lads win 3-02 to 1-06 with goals coming from Jack Maguire, Tom Garry and Ciarán Collins with captain Charlie Keating contributing the two points. As a result of tehir performances, South Kerry qualified for the cup quarter-final v Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday afternoon. The Kerrymen started the game well and led by four points at the half-time whistle thanks to a goal by Ciarán Collins. The second half saw an exhibition in free-taking by Charlie Keating to seal another great win on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-02. This was by far the best performance of the weekend. Best wishes on a full, speedy recovery to Nathaniel Doncel who suffered a neck injury in the dying minutes of this game.

The cup semi-final took place on Sunday morning in Leitrim Gaels GAA. The Longford Slashers came out strong, pushing to a 1-06 to 0-02 lead at half-time, both points coming from Charlie Keating. South Kerry started the second half better with a goal from Cormac Rowe but, unfortunately, it was not meant to be. The Longford Slashers built on their first half performance to win 2-10 to 1-02.

This was a brilliant occasion for these young hurlers to experience and they did Kerry proud by progressing to the semi-final of the John West Féile na nGael Division 9 Cup Competition - a superb achievement. The team thanked their sponsors as well as all the families and friends for their support, host club Claremorris and official match reporter, Pat O'Brien (St. Pat's, EK), for his live reports.

South Kerry U-14 Squad: Sean Finnegan, David O’Leary, Ben O’Carroll, Jack O’Donoghue, Ross O’Leary, Darragh O’Connor, Michael Dennehy, Cormac Rowe, Sean Guerin, Charlie Keating, Luke Crowley, Caoilte O’Cronin, Matthew Fogarty, Hugh Walshe, Cian Twomey, Ciarán Collins, Brian O’Connor, Jack McGuire, Liam Mulhern, Sam Buckley, Nathaniel Doncel, Brandon Griffin & Diarmuid O’Connor, Tom Garry. Management: Tim Hourigan, Denis Coffey, Donal Casey.

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on MyHome.ie in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 killarney@dng.ie for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]

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A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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