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Planting twenty acres of forestry in Ireland should generate an annual return of 4.7% income tax free cash for 15 years (paid for by the Department of Agriculture) after which intermittent income is generated through thinning your forest for another 15 years before harvesting your commercial tree crop and cashing in your investment. The realistic net return generated over the thirty years it will take for your forest to mature is between 4.5 to 5% per annum. Compared to the run-of-the mill investments this roughly equates to a gross return of 7% to 7.5%  and compared to current bank deposit…

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Discover the unique character and natural wonders of Iceland on this unforgettable holiday. Known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice,’ there aren’t many places in the world which can boast such contrasting dramatic landscapes as Iceland. This truly amazing destination is home to the fantastic city of Reykjavík, as well as numerous natural wonders and stunning scenery. From the world-famous Blue Lagoon to spouting geysers, glaciers and fjords, Iceland is an enchanting country just waiting to be explored. It is one of few places in the world where it is possible to see the amazing Aurora Borealis or Northern…

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Once upon a time, everyone retired at 65 – those who were lucky enough to have a job anyway. Now, not so much. The proportion of older workers, particularly those who want to work beyond what was the traditional retirement age of 65 is forecast to grow significantly in the future. As a society, we are getting older and living longer. It is estimated that by 2055 there will be 2.3 million people of working age in Ireland but about 4.9 million pensioners. It is a big challenge to meet their pension expectations. In Ireland, many people do not have…

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87 year Old Malahide Man Wins Captains Prize On His 57th Attempt! On his 57th attempt, Oliver O’Farrell, better known as Ollie who celebrates his 87th birthday on July 9th won Jim McMahons’ Captain’s Prize last Saturday 30th June. Playing of a handicap of 32, Oliver who was Club President in 1991 now plays in a buggy, having had 2 hips and one knee replaced! Having shot 38 in the qualifier and another 38 on the final day, and playing in the 2nd last 3 ball, Oliver’s 76 was hailed the winning score once the final 3 ball finished.  Oliver…

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There is something unique about walking in your own forest – firstly it is yours and that territorial feeling of looking at your trees and feeling the undergrowth beneath your feet is difficult to describe. Studies by UCD and the HSE have shown that natural forest environments promote a sense of wellbeing significantly improving mood and sleep quality. Coupled with owning your own forest is the issue of leaving a growing lasting legacy that will produce revenue and enjoyment for your children and grandchildren and beyond. Leaving aside the societal benefits of forestry from carbon sequestration, flood prevention, reducing soil…

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RPCI announces new Genealogy and Family History Course. Maretta Dillon speaks with Joe McDermott, one of the two course leaders. Joe, a Local History expert living in Co Mayo, is very excited about the new two-day Genealogy and Family History Course which the Retirement Planning Council of Ireland (RPCI) has just announced. Joe and his fellow trainer, Dora Murphy, want to get people started on researching and writing their family history. ‘This is not a kind of just pure genealogy with lists of names and dates of birth. I come from a background of writing local history and writing family…

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Maretta Dillon speaks to Derek Bell, Chief Operations Officer with the Retirement Planning Council of Ireland about their new programme, Working On. What is Working On about and who is it aimed at? It‘s designed for people who must retire because they’ve reached the age of retirement in their contract of employment but don’t want or can’t afford to stop working. How will the course work in practice? The participants will have a day-long session with lots of info and content about staying at work. Then as part of the fee, they have an hour long one to one session…

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Maretta Dillon meets Denis Lawson, one of the stars of ART at the Gaiety in March. Best known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, for which he was nominated for an EMMY award, and as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC1’s hit series New Tricks.  In film, he played Gordon Urquhart in Local Hero and Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.  He won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his stage performance as Jim Lancastar in Mr Cinders. ART is a very successful play which has been on stage for 20 years now and is constantly…

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Fresh from the bakery to helping you find your dream home abroad. Having spent over 30 years employed in management roles in the fast moving bakery and dairy industry in Ireland, I found myself asking the question “Now that I am 53, and if I had the choice, what industry would I really like to work in?”. Strangely enough the answer came very quickly to me. My first passion is salmon fishing but instantly knew that I would be very hard pressed to earn a living at this pastime!!! My other great interest is watching overseas property programmes. When…

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