2016 has been a year of change. We have said goodbye to legends from all walks of life – Terry Wogan, David Bowie, Fidel Castro, Prince, Muhammad Ali, to name but a few. In politics, a “new” government was formed in March, and June saw the passing of the Brexit campaign. In sport, Tipperary are once again All Ireland Hurling Champions and Irish rugby had a first historic victory over the All Blacks in Chicago.
Closer to home, we have seen changes of our own. Bríd joined the team in April and in August, Evelyn welcomed another beautiful baby girl! Anne Marie was once again a member of the Cashel Arts Festival Committee who celebrated the 1916 Centenary in September with many wonderful events and Donal managed the under-14 Cashel King Cormac’s team to victory in the Peil West Final and the Hurling Garda Cup Shield final. Both the Cashel and Cahir office are as busy as ever thankfully and we hope to continue in this vein into 2017.
In terms of business, we have seen a confidence creeping back into the market locally. Commercial as well as residential conveyancing has picked up. This has brought a number of new businesses to the area which is great news for the local economy in general.
In November, the office took part in the Best Will Week 2016 and once again we were delighted to see a big uptake by clients. Not only were we happy to support the annual campaign by mylegacy.ie, we also know how important it is for everyone to have a Will in place. We believe that you should hope for the best but plan for the worst and often having a Will gives people great peace of mind.
Our radio slot on the first Tuesday of every month with Joe Pryce on Tipperary Mid West Radio continues to be popular. We always aim to keep people up to date to with relevant changes in the law and have recently discussed the new Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act and the updated PIAB Book of Quantum on the show.
Looking ahead to 2017, we are sure there are plenty more challenges to come. Brexit is one of the biggest concerns for Irish businesses going forward and will be monitored with interest South of the border. For first time buyers, the new Central Bank rules will come into effect from 1st January and this will hopefully ease some of the current constraints on the market. Whatever the New Year brings, our aim is to continue to provide you with the very best level of service and to always remain approachable, competitive and efficient.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas from all of the team at Donal T. Ryan Solicitors LLP. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.