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Surge in property sales since restrictions lifted



The residential property market has experienced a surge in activity since restrictions on the industry were lifted in May.
Homebuyers who have seen house prices surge during the pandemic now face a further, potentially ‘significant’, rise due to the housing shortage, the Central Bank has warned.

Pent up demand and a shortage of supply have resulted in homes selling for 10% or more over their guide prices in the past year.
In the year to April, the cost of houses and apartments rose 4.5% nationally, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) residential property price index.

The Central Bank expect the trend of rising house prices to continue due to the disruption to new house building during the pandemic and the build up of savings of some households.

‘’With existing supply constraints, a high degree of pent-up demand and a recovery in the flow of mortgage credit, the conditions for significant upward momentum to house prices in the months ahead appear to exist’’, it said.

A report conducted by the CSO has found that property buyers, including first time purchasers, previous owners and investors, are now purchasing residential property significantly later in life.

The median age for a sole purchaser rose from 34 to 42 between 2010 and 2019 while for joint purchasers, it rose from 35 to 38 over the same period. The Central Bank lending rules have had an impact on this as has the significant increase in the cost of renting in Ireland.
Another recent study (ESRI) found that home ownership by the age of 30 was 60% for those born in the 1960s compared to just 32% for those born in the early 80’s.

These national trends are evident on a local level with the significant shortage of supply being a dominant factor in rising prices. ‘Pent up demand and a shortage of supply of available properties is resulting in significantly higher prices being achieved at present’ says Ted Healy of DNG. ‘We are currently agreeing sales within 2 weeks of properties being listed with us and have a list of buyers registered with us seeking properties in Killarney at present.’

For anyone interested in a DNG appraisal of their property, contact DNG Ted Healy on 064 6639000 or email



Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]




The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!


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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]




Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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