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Tributes paid to Hugh O’Flaherty Society’s first patron

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Local tributes have this week been paid to internationally renowned soprano and music teacher Dr Veronica Dunne. A patron of the Hugh O’Flaherty Society, Dr Dunne, who was aged 93, died on Monday peacefully at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin.

During her long career Veronica Dunne trained some of Ireland's best known classical singers.

This week members of the Hugh O’Flaherty Society said that they are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of their friend and patron.

"Veronica was a dear friend of Msgr Hugh, - becoming acquainted with him in 1946 when she travelled to Rome for classical voice training at the young age of 18 years," Jerry O'Grady from the Hugh O'Flaherty Memorial Society said.
"At the request of her parents, Msgr Hugh undertook to look out for her safety and well-being in a post-wartime city, populated by thousands of allied troops and Italians trying to rescue their society from the disastrous fascist regime of Mussolini. She recalled fondly of meeting Msgr Hugh at the foot of the aeroplane steps as she arrived in Rome – whereupon while welcoming her to Rome, he also issued a stern warning to her as follows - “I will have you back on the plane to Dublin in the blink of an eye if you don’t behave yourself while in Rome”. He ensured that she was introduced to all of the appropriate people in Rome who might help her in her chosen career, bringing her along to the many society receptions and events to which he was regularly invited."

He said that Veronica also recalled a sad occasion when Msgr Hugh brought her to visit the scene of the terrible wartime atrocity at the Ardeatine Caves outside Rome, where on March 24 1943 the Nazis executed 335 Roman citizens, in retaliation for the killing of 33 German Military Police in an Italian Resistance attack the previous day. The 335 victims had been selected at random from civilian prisons, suspected resistance supporters as well as those suspected of supporting the Rome Escape Line. On what was to be his first and only visit to the site, she said that Msgr Hugh wept openly at such a tremendous loss of lives, including many of his Escape Line associates.

"When the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society was officially launched at a lunch in Killarney in the spring of 2008, Veronica travelled down from Dublin to be with us, and she generously made a substantial donation towards our Memorial Fund, and so became our very first Patron. Over the subsequent years, she continued to take an interest in our Society, joining us at events in Dublin and she used every opportunity presented to her on radio, TV and in the print media to increase awareness of the incredible story of Hugh O’Flaherty," he added.

"Veronica will be greatly missed by lovers of classical music around the world and by her many friends in the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society. We extend our deep sympathy and condolences to her family. May she Rest in Peace.

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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