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Traditional Christmas day swim at Dundag cancelled

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CANCELLED: The annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip organised by Niki McCarthy has been cancelled this year but donations can be made online. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

For the past 11 years there's been a long standing tradition - the annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip - but unfortunately this year it's become a victim of COVID.

Organiser Niki McCarthy this week told the Killarney Advertiser that unfortunately this year it cannot go ahead at its location at Dundag Beach,

"It is with sadness and disappointment that I have to announce that it is not possible to hold the annual Killarney Christmas Day Dip this year," Niki told the Killarney Advertiser.
"Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we cannot organise any event with large gatherings and it would not be possible to maintain social distancing while attending the event at Dundag Beach."

An impressive €55,000 has been raised for Aware over the years - but Niki has other plans and is instead looking for support online - as she doesn't want the charity to miss out on vital fundraising especially as they've already suffered this year.

"I feel so grateful to everyone who participated over the last 11 years. Thank you for all your support and generosity. This year Aware along with many other charities are struggling to raise much needed funds to help them to continue to provide valuable services. I have set up a fundraising page for people to donate to help support Aware in these difficult times. Any donations are greatly appreciated. We will really miss seeing everyone down at Dundag on Christmas morning. It has become a firm tradition for so many. Be assured we will make up for it on Chrstmas Day 2021. We hope you all have the best Christmas possible in these difficult times and hope that everyone stays healthy, happy and safe."

You can donate to Niki's JustGiving page: Niki's No Dip Christmas Day Dip.

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Insurance for building contractors

What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

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The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

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Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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