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What to Consider When Buying Your First Home

So, you’re thinking of buying your first home. No matter what age or stage of your life, it’s always going to be a daunting prospect with many ups and downs, as well as plenty of saving! To help make your journey as a first-time home buyer a lot smoother, we’ve put together a short list of tips.

Start Saving

Before you start even considering buying a property, you might need to start saving for the deposit, which will cover a percentage of the cost of the home. Having a significant savings fund can help to get a wider choice of mortgage options. To help you on your way, it might be advisable to try and cut out any discr...

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How One Man’s Courage Changed the Lives and the Educational Landscape of Ireland Forever

Irish history can be mapped by a mishmash of momentous turning points, but when it comes to Ireland’s education system, one landmark event truly stands out. The occasion? The day that Minister Donogh O’Malley (1921-1968) promised the country free secondary education.

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The Day That Changed Everything

September 10, 1966, was a mild Saturday in Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin. Back then, the walls of the Royal Marine Hotel had yet to be coated in the peach pink paint of today. Instead, its plain concrete facade overlooked the sprawling front lawn and beyond, out to the expanse of Dublin Bay.

Inside, in one of the hotel’s confere...

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Allianz’s Hard-Brexit Car Insurance Mythbuster

As the hard-Brexit doomsday clock ticks ominously towards the 29th of March, it has become clear that the Irish public needs to accept the possibility of a no deal scenario and prepare accordingly. Allianz are here to help by highlighting legitimate concerns and dispelling alarmist hype. To set the record straight we have put together our hard-Brexit car insurance mythbuster, for people who want the key takeaways without the heavy lifting.


Myth: You have to purchase insurance green cards, they only last for fifteen days.

Status: Busted

Anyone with access to electricity will, by now, have heard of the magical green card t...

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How You Can Affect Your Home Insurance Premium

There are several ways that you can manage your own risk to help keep your home insurance premium as low as possible.

Claims History

A good claims history is critical. Typically, those who have made a recent claim are more likely to claim again. Insurers therefore consider past claim experience to be significant. Having no previous claims is best for your premium, but bear in mind the number and value of claims has an impact, so consider not claiming for very small claims.

Your Policy Excess

Another way to affect your number of claims is your policy excess. This is the initial amount of the claim that you, as the policyho...

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The Value of Sport for Young Women

Better the balance, better the world. Gender equality is a critical component to the foundation of Allianz. Currently, 50 % of staff employed are female, with many female managers throughout the company. However, making an impact on current culture starts from the bottom. Brian Kelly, Digital Distribution & Transformation Manager, is just one of many Allianz employees volunteering his free time towards making this very difference. As a girls’ football coach, Brian has a unique view on women’s sport and why it is so invaluable to girls as they grow up.     

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Sporting Background

Brian is a member of the Templeog...

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Caring for Middle Aged and Elderly Pets

The average lifespan of our pets is unfortunately much shorter than our own. It is therefore important to look out for signs of ageing to provide the best care possible for our middle aged and elderly dogs and cats.

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Large Breeds of Dogs Age Faster

Average lifespans for larger dog breeds tend to range from 6-10 years, while smaller breeds can often live to 16-17 years on average, with a higher likelihood of reaching even their 20s. Because of their shorter life span, larger dogs could be described as ‘middle aged’ at 3 to 5 years old! Crossbreed dogs  frequently live longer than purebred dogs because of less genetic illn...

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