Letter to the Editor

Hi Amii and Janine,

On behalf of the South Midlands Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society we would like to thank you both and Claire Nash for inviting us to participate in your series on crafts and allowing us to promote our Raffle Quilt with proceeds going to Teac Tom.

The project went very well, we raised €3,020 for this very deserving cause. The winner of the quilt was Kathleen Mahon from Dublin and member of the Eastern Branch of the IPS. I attach a picture of Kathleen receiving the quilt from Angela Hayes, CEO, Teach Tom.

We very much appreciate your support, thank you.


Margaret McEvoy and Teresa Broderick.

Tweet of the Week

Money Mentor’s Tip

Revenue has started contacting all home owners with regard to the revaluation of their properties on 1 November 2021, with regard to Local Property Tax (LPT) – a tax originally introduced in 2013. Almost everyone who owns a habitable home(s), will have to pay LPT. You will need to value your home on 1 November 2021 and submit the details by 7 November. You can choose to pay in a lump sum (by 12 January 2022) or other payment options such as a monthly direct debit (due 15th monthly). If you choose to pay by once-off direct debit this needs to be paid by 21 March 2022. You do not need to know exactly what your home is worth but you do need to know what valuation band applies. There are 20 different bands. Revenue has an online valuation tool to help. There are different rates applicable to each band ranging from €90 to €2,830. The national average LPT is €225.

Instagram Inspiration

When you consider country-focused interior design, Los Angeles (LA) wouldn’t be the locale which immediately comes to mind. However, that’s exactly where Ginny MacDonald (@ginny_macdonald) lives and works; turning LA homes into comfortable, smart and sleek spaces with plenty of rural flavour – this is why we’ve chosen her for this week’s Instagram Inspiration. Masterfully mixing textures, colours and furniture styles; Ginny’s spaces look as comfortable as they are beautiful, making her well worth a follow for some country vibes and #interiorgoals.

Picture of the Week

Daniel (seven), Aidan (seven) and Philip (five) O’Riordan had a great crop of pumpkins on their farm in Ballyedmond, Midleton, Co Cork, this year and are sharing them all freely with their friends. \ Tom O’Riordan

Number of the Week

0 – The number of items of clothing Miriam Keegan bought – or didn’t buy – in 2020.

Quote of the Week

From our health feature on how ‘Think Ahead’ forms work:

An elderly farmer in Tipperary got a Think Ahead form in his GP surgery. He brought it to hospital with him, tied up with twine. Nothing was filled in, but across the centre pages he had written: I want to die at home with my cows