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Time to turn your attention to the living room

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Now that your kitchen is ready for viewings after our last article, we turn our attention to the family living room.

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In many homes, the living room is the first that potential purchasers see once they step into your home. It is a much trafficked room within the house and presents many challenges to keep it clean and tidy for property viewings.

Firstly, let the light in. Open back those curtains and pull up those blinds. Net curtains – get rid! It is vital to allow as much natural light as possible into your living room.

Most curtains can be safely laundered at home but always check the label. Good quality heavy duty curtains and drapes will require dry-cleaning. At the very least give them a good dusting. Timber blinds can be dusted as they hang.

This is your chance to declutter your living room. So what should remain?

The living room suite of furniture, coffee table and lamps. If you have a tiled/timber floor consider a large rug if you have one.

Strategically place a home interiors or self help book on the coffee table. If you have a bookshelf, make sure it is well stocked and well balanced in terms of book sizes on each shelf. If you have artwork on the walls, fantastic. Make sure you dust them down as well as the book shelves. Don’t forget to dust the television. Make sure you clean all the glass on display cabinets, picture frames, glass doors and particularly the glass door on the stove. Move the furniture to the middle of the room and dust all the skirtings.

Move onto the soft furnishings; sofas, throws, cushions. These can be dust gatherers – make sure to give them the once over.
Continue the dusting to the bookshelves, light/lamp shades (make sure they are off when cleaning). Best to use a slightly damp cloth when dusting surfaces.

Next you want to make it shine. Once your wood furniture has been dusted, polish it using a lint-free cloth and rub along the grain to leave a nice shine.

Get the Windolene out to get those living room windows sparkling. Another simple home solution is white vinegar and water.

If you have an open fireplace make sure it is cleaned out and reset. Same goes with an insert stove.

Vacuum the entire area including furniture. If you have hard floors, mop them immediately after vacuuming.

Don’t skip the finishing touches after spring cleaning your living room. You’ll want to rehang your curtains of course, but also take the time to neatly fold any throw blankets you laundered and arrange your books neatly on the shelves.

Your living room is now looking better than it ever has, ready to welcome potential purchasers with open arms.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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