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Tim Jones supports ‘Shop Local’ with hamper giveaway

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WINNER: Linda Brennan, pictured with Tim Jones, has won the Tim Jones Family Butcher's Christmas hamper in association with the Killarney Advertiser.

 

Tim Jones Family Butchers has been operating in Killarney since 1991. Over the past number of years they have enjoyed modest growth and have expanded their business to two shops, one on Park Road, the other in the Innisfallen Mall. Tim supplies some of the finest restaurants, hotels and B&Bs in the Kerry region and when COVID-19 hit in March this side of the business was hit hard.

“Yes, it’s been a trying year for us, especially on that side of things, but it has been difficult for everyone in business and there’s no point getting down about it, we just put an extra focus on trying to support our loyal customers, ensuring they continue to get great quality meat at affordable prices,” Tim told the Killarney Advertiser.

Tim wanted to help ease the financial stress that comes with the festive season and came up with a novel idea to help customers spread the cost of their Christmas dinner.

“We went about setting up a system in-shop whereby the customer can fill out a Christmas order form. It’s very easy; they write down their details, tick off their selection of meat and away they go. Our customers have the option of paying up front or weekly in either shop. It’s great, the customers just pop in each week and pay off a small amount, by the time Christmas comes around we are all square and they are calling to collect a monster Christmas meat hamper. There is a bit of extra admin on our end but the reaction has been fantastic and customers really appreciate that kind of thing."

Tim Jones is well-known for his support of local sports clubs and other events in town and was delighted to get involved in The Killarney Advertiser's 'Shop Local' campaign. “It’s a great idea and it’s a bit of fun, shoppers are hopefully getting close to collecting all four coloured vouchers now and best of luck to them all in the big draw next week."

Thanks to Tim Jones Family Butchers and the Killarney Advertiser, Christmas has come early for one lucky family. Linda Brennan (pictured below) won our Facebook competition last week which was run to celebrate the launch of the campaign. Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser she said, “I have five men at home, my husband Andy and four sons, Arron (19), Darragh (16), Cian (13) and nine-year-old Luke, even they will have a job of getting through this amount of meat." Included in the hamper was a fresh turkey, half a green ham, a roast loin of pork joint, 2lb of sausages, 1lb of sausage meat, one black and white pudding, 1lb of rashers, a dozen eggs, and a 5kg bag of potatoes. Handing over the prize to Linda, Tim Jones said "it’s great the hamper was won by a big family because our hampers are jam packed this year, and as I often say to our customers – better to be looking at it rather than for it".

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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