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The kitchen is the heart of the home

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Continuing the spring clean theme in preparing your home for sale, one of the most important rooms in the house is the kitchen.

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If there is a showroom within your home, the kitchen is it! It's the heart of any home and can often be the most important room to would-be buyers.

When prepping your home for sale a well presented kitchen area should always look, feel and smell clean and fresh, appear spacious, bright and welcoming.

The starting point is a good deep clean. Consider a professional cleaning job if you feel it is warranted. It is money well spent as a sparkling clean kitchen will pay dividends. Make sure your oven and hob are clean and free from any grease/grime; rub down the cabinets, and polish the handles.

Make sure your kitchen floor tiles are shining, there is no excuse for a dirty kitchen floor.

Empty the bins prior to any viewings and remove all recycling and pet related items - don’t take any chances with lingering odours. Perhaps invest in a few cleverly placed air fresheners or scented candles. These will work wonders.

Clear off the worktops; a toaster and a kettle/coffee machine are about the only items one should consider leaving on the worktop. Everything else should be out of sight. Polish any marble/quartz worktops so they are shining for viewings.

Perhaps place a vase of freshly cut seasonal flowers on the counter top/kitchen table. Organise your cupboards as buyers will look inside. Now is the time to declutter those presses – remove the out of date spices and jars from the back of the cabinet! If your cabinets are overly stuffed it gives the impression there isn’t enough storage space in your kitchen.

If you have open shelving your goal should be to showcase how it can be useful and look great. Leave some open space on each shelf and only display matching sets of dishes/glasses.

Shine the kitchen tap which is a simple but effective measure, and fix any leak while you are at it. Remove any old sponges and soap containers and replace with nice looking hand soap and washing up liquid on a neat tray.

Get rid of the tea towels – they look awful.

Finally the lighting; check that each and every bulb is working and if not, replace them.

Your kitchen area is now ready for viewing.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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