BLITZ: Pictured at theKillarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday were: Front l-r were: Liam Cronin, Oisin O'Sullivan, Jed Switzer and Daire Murphy. Back l-r were: Aidan O'Mahony, Michael O'Riordan, Garda Eddie Walsh, David Clifford, Colm O'Sullivan and Inspector Paul Ahern. Photo: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
Lissivigeen National School emerged victorious against Duagh National School in what was a tense final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday – during the 15thannual Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz.
18 teams, including Faha, Lissivigeen, Tiernaboul, Coolick, Loughatane, The Mon, Kenmare, Glenbeigh, Cullina, Gneeveguilla, Boherbee, Gael Scoil, Fossa, Duagh, Barraduff, Anablah, Rathmore and St Oliver’s, took part in the popular annual event playing a total of 52 games on the day, which is organised by local Garda Eddie Walsh.
Schools arrived at the stadium just after 9am, where they met Kerry Senior Footballer David Clifford, and Aidan O’Mahony after being led onto the field by piper Mike Milner. There were also emotional tributes to talented football player Niall McGillicuddy (16), who passed away last year.
The event, which began in 2005 by Garda Eddie Walsh from Killarney Garda Station, and Detective Pat Kelliher who is now retired, has to date seen over 2,400 play in the blitz, including some who went on to win minor and senior All-Ireland medals.
“The day went very well,” Eddie told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It was a tremendous success. We had a total of 52 games and Lissivigeen won well, although it was a passionate final.”
He added that Niall McGillicuddy’s parents, Daithi and Sheila, and his sister Ellen were also in attendance on the day, although it was an emotional occasion for them.
“All school’s showed dignity and respect for the minute’s silence. They’re a credit to their parents, teachers and clubs.”
Joint Player of the Tournament for the girls went to Shona Colleran from Fossa School and Shola O’Donovan from Glenbeigh, while Joint Player of the Tournament for the boys went to Tom Benson from The Mon and Padraig Moynihan from Rathmore.
And Eddie added that he’d like to say thanks to David Clifford and Aidan O’Mahony, Vice-Principal of St Brendan’s College Hugh Rudden, and Principal of The Mon Colm O’Sullivan, Enda Walsh and Tommy Galvin from Legion, John C O’Shea who took photos with the drone and also to the Gardai and others who helped on the day.
Photos: Michelle Crean
[caption id="attachment_26967" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] BLITZ: Members of the Gardai, footballers David Clifford and Aidan O'Mahony, with pupils from The Mon and others pictured just before the 15th annual Garda Football Blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_26965" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Pictured at the blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday were: Front l-r were: Liam Cronin, Oisin O'Sullivan, Jed Switzer and Daire Murphy. Back l-r were: Aidan O'Mahony, Michael O'Riordan, Garda Eddie Walsh, David Clifford, Colm O'Sullivan and Inspector Paul Ahern.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_26964" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] The Gaelscoil Faithleann team pictured with teachers Tomás Ó Murchú and Treasa Uí Scannláin.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_26963" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] The Duagh team pictured with Karl Dillon (Teacher), Garda Martina Desmond and Liz Twomey.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_26962" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Boherbue National School team pictured with Marie Casey (Principal), Mary O'Leary (staff) and Garda Tom Moynihan and Garda Eddie Walsh.[/caption]
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.
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 […]
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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