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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 Now is the time to declutter those presses – remove the out of date spices and jars from the back of the cabinet!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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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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