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Tim O’Shea & Friends hit all the right notes with new CD

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NEWS that acclaimed musicians Tim O’Shea and Friends have made a new CD has delighted trad lovers across Ireland and beyond.

The group will unveil the recording “another skin too few” as part of the Gathering Festival in Killarney.

This is Tim’s fifth CD and it will be launched at the INEC Upstairs Bar, on Saturday, February 25, at 5.30pm by Sean Laffey, editor of the Irish Music Magazine. “The CD features musicians, new music, new songs, original tracks and new sounds,” said Tim O’Shea.

“We are happy, proud and humbled to have arrived at this time and place to mark a musical milestone, 25 years on the road. The selection of tunes on this album may be a bit unusual for some, as there are no reels.”

The title of this CD, “another skin too few” has two origins. “Skin” is a slang term in Ireland, meaning someone of good character, “a sound skin”. It can also refer to the literal skin(s) or layers of an onion. Using this idea, Tim says he modified it and was inspired by a documentary on English folk singer Nick Drake, called “A skin too few”.

“Nick’s sister referred to him as not having enough (onion) ‘skins’ to survive the vagaries of life,” said Tim.

“Sadly, it can be common to overlook the music of local musicians and their valuable contribution to the tradition and local music, until they are gone. Presented here you will find a contribution and choice of local music, shaped and influenced by local musicians.”

Tim O’Shea & Friends honour and remember them and their versions of the tunes. “Sadly the musicians commemorated here, are now gone from us, all too soon, but their music and song lives on,” added Tim.

The musicians remembered are Paddy Cronin, (Killarney and Boston), John Cronin (Aghadoe and New York), Steven Carroll (Kilcummin) and Con Durham (Dublin and Dingle).

Tim’s “friends” on this CD feature Kerry musicians Rosie Healy – Headford, (flute, whistle and harmony vocal) and Michael D. Kelliher – Fossa (accordion, melodeon and harmonica).

Tim is producer and provides a musical thread on (guitar – lead and rhythm, vocals – lead and spoken, and bodhrán).

There is a mix of tunes and songs, including one original song by Tim, and an original spoken word piece by Belfast poet Adrian Fox.

The new recording will also be available on CD Baby and iTunes soon.

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Further rise in house prices forecast for 2022 as average price of a resale home in the capital reaches €500,000

According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors DNG, house prices are set to continue rising this year, following the strong growth in values recorded in 2021. At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG) recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand […]

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According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors
DNG, house prices are set to continue rising this year, following the strong growth in values
recorded in 2021.

At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG)
recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand home of 13.6% last year, a marked
acceleration in the rate of inflation compared to 2020 when prices rose by 1.4%.
At the national level (including Dublin) the overall rate of price increase last year stood at 12.0%. The NPG, which tracks house prices across the country on a half yearly basis, recorded growth of 5.3% in the six months to December 2021, compared to an increase of 7.9% in the first six months of last year.
All regions of Ireland recorded double digit price growth in 2021, except for Dublin (+9.9%).
Nationally, the strongest rate of house price appreciation was in the Mid-West region (+17.2%)
followed by the Midlands (+14.2%) and West (+13.8%) whilst the South East region saw the
lowest rate of growth in prices last year (+11.0%).
Outside the capital the highest average price was found in the Mid-East (€349,259) followed by the South West (€279,844).

Looking at the outlook for the year ahead, the agency forecasts further growth in prices both in
Dublin and nationally, with regional price gains set to outstrip those in the capital where nominal
values are already elevated, and affordability is more challenged.
The agency is forecasting an average uplift in regional markets of 12-13% this year whilst price growth in Dublin will more likely be high single digits, in the order of 6-8%.
The factors underpinning the forecasts include continued strong economic and wage growth, the heightened household savings levels seen in 2020-21, the extension of government initiatives for first time buyers announced in the budget, strong demand from this cohort evident in the mortgage approvals data and the prevailing low interest rate environment.
On the supply side, whilst the supply of new residential completions is set to increase to around 26,000 units this year, this will still be well below the estimated 30-35,000 new units required each year to meet demand thereby putting upward pressure on prices in the market.
“Whilst Covid-related issues rightly dominated the news agenda in 2021, housing undoubtedly came a close second, given the emotive nature of the housing debate and the current market dynamics of
rising house prices and rents and a shortage of accommodation available to buy or rent, not only
in Dublin but across the country.”, said DNG’s Director of Research Paul Murgatroyd said “Price growth was clearly very robust last year across all regions and the factors that drove those increases continue to be evident in the market as we enter 2022. The stock of homes for sale in the second hand market remains very low by historical standards and this, combined with the elevated level of demand, brought about in part by factors linked to changing behaviours throughout the pandemic, will mean further price appreciation will be evident as we progress through the year ahead.”

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Iarnrod Eireann refuses plans for footbridge at railway station

By Sean Moriarty Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station. Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station.

Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two public transport hubs.

Currently rail passengers must walk from Killarney station, via the front entrance of the Great Southern Hotel and then walk the entire length of the Outlet Centre before reaching the bus station.

“It’s an anomaly that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other European country,” said Cllr O’Donoghue in November.

Iarnrod Eireann has responded to the letter sent shortly after the November meeting.

In reply the railway company said that in October 2019 it carried out a study which included the possibility of a either an underpass or a footbridge.

The study revealed that passenger would face a short four to five minute walk when trying to access one hub from another.

“Iarnrod Eireann would regard this as scheme as a low priority investment,” said chief executive Jim Meade in the letter.

Cllr Donoghue said the response was “ludicrous” and that he had often witnessed passengers lugging suitcases through the Outlet Centre.

“You would not jog it in five minutes,” he said.

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