Unlike many parents, Caroline Farrell, who lives in Sallins, Co Kildare, never found it hard to get her children to eat well, partly because she prepares all of her family’s meals from scratch.
Nevertheless, eating habits reflect the personalities of her children, too. “My daughter, who is eight, is actually quite a fussy eater. She’s made me realise it’s probably just not what you get at home, it’s just the way you are,” she says.
Farrell was speaking following a report on the dietary habits of secondary school teenagers in the State, which found that most are eating too much salt, sugar and saturated fats and too few vegetables.
“I’d consider myself a healthy eater, any food I get at home is all made from scratch. Obviously you’d have the odd treat or whatever,” says her 16-year-old son, Conor.
“I’ve always eaten healthy ever since I was young. I’ve always had the opportunity to try new foods,” he goes on. However, there are other influences besides his mother, he accepts.
When outside with friends, he says he would be more likely to eat takeaway food, while “ideas or advertisements” that are found on social media play their role, too.
Why do so many teenagers eat badly? “There could be loads of reasons. It could be family, it could just be the way they’ve always eaten. It could be stress, especially for people doing the Leaving Cert,” he tells The Irish Times.
Meanwhile, 15-year-olds Maebh Maguire and Laura Milhorn, out for a walk along the Grand Canal, both consider themselves healthy eaters “for the most part”, though, again, takeaways are popular when with friends.
“If I know some foods are bad, I’ll stay away from them,” says Maguire, though her friend adds: “Sometimes if we’d be going out we’d be eating bad food, kind of influenced in a bad way.”
“Fast food is just so easy to get,” agrees Maguire.
However, the influence of friends on young people’s eating habits is not always negative. In fact, say teenagers Ella Tobin and Jenny Butler, trying to be healthy actually became popular during the Covid-lockdown.
They try to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, helped by a recent greater focus on healthy eating in school, says Butler, while social media, such as TikTok, have influenced teenagers positively over the last year, says her friend.
Siobhán Hannifan, a mother to a seven-year-old and a 10-year-old, says it is important not to lay down the law too often with children, since they can often want what they are told not to eat. “I try not to label foods as ‘bad,’” she says.
Children have different eating habits. Her daughter has a bigger sweet tooth than her son, for example, while the presentation of food on the kitchen table can influence the way they think about food.
Louise Butler, mother of three-year-old Rose, finds it difficult at home to get her daughter to eat vegetables, but when she is in the creche around other children her daughter clears a vegetable-filled plate because others are doing so.
“It’s really, really hard. When she was very young she would eat great and now I think everything just went south. I don’t remember the exact moment, but I guess it’s just normal for kids.
“She’s like the typical three-year-old now in that her favourite things would be the stereotypes like pizza, fish fingers, sausages, but I would be hard-pushed to get a vegetable into her. I don’t worry about it too much, though.
“Whatever it is about creche, the kind of herd mentality, there she cleans her plate. There’s always all sorts of vegetables. All the kids sit down together and they eat it,” Butler tells The Irish Times.
She has tried replacing treats such as jellies with fruit. Ideally, she would just cut all unhealthy foods out of the menu, but the reality of raising a toddler does not make that easy. “For me the goal is just to get her to eat,” she says.
Tungsten Properties have signed a transformative €296m (£250m) JV funding agreement with BC Partners. The newly formed joint venture company will target single and multi-let industrial opportunities across the UK, which will range from last-mile to big box logistics warehouses with a GDV of greater than €29.6m (£25m). Tungsten Properties will act as asset and development manager for the joint venture. With a strong conviction in the underlying occupational fundamentals of the industrial warehousing sector, the joint venture has already identified a strong pipeline to initially seed the partnership.
Jeff Penman, managing director, Tungsten Properties said:“This is a significant step in Tungsten’s expansion strategy to continue to deliver industrial and warehouse space to create growth, jobs and investor returns. This transformational JV agreement with BC Partners will provide reliable capital to continue delivering strategically located, environmentally friendly buildings across the UK. While there is volatility in the capital markets, both Tungsten and BC Partners believe that the industrial market’s long-term fundamentals remain strong. With a fighting fund behind us, we look forward to securing further opportunities.”
Laurian Douin, partner, BC Partners said: “The UK industrial and warehouse sector has strong secular fundamentals. Given Tungsten’s strong track record and like-minded approach to development, we are thrilled to partner with them to jointly invest in this asset class. The joint venture intends to deliver well-located, exceptional schemes to meet occupier demand, with a particular focus on schemes’ environmental credentials in-line with BC Partners Real Estate’s commitment to ESG.”
Owning a property with a swimming pool might seem like one of life’s luxuries that is reserved for millionaires.
But, as our pick of homes for sale with swimming pools proves, you don’t have to have a multi-million pound property to have one.
That said, you may still need deep pockets for their upkeep, which can be costly, particularly if you want to keep your swimming pool heated to a comfortable temperature.
While water shortages and hosepipe bans are hitting the headlines, a pool that is already filled with water will not draw on resources but may be forbidden from being topped up by hosepipe in the case of a ban.
Our pick of four properties for sale with swimming pools are for various budgets, ranging from £1.1million to £190,000 (scroll down for more information about the house pictured)
Here, we take a look at four swimming pools at properties for those with a range of different budgets.
At the top end is a six-bedroom house in Ramsgate, Kent. with an acre of land that includes an outdoor swimming pool. It has a price tag of £1.1million.
At the other end is three-bedroom property in Ashington, Northumberland, with an empty indoor swimming pool and an asking price of only £190,000.
Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘With Britain currently experiencing a heatwave, it’s no surprise that homes with swimming pools are proving to be increasingly popular.
‘Whether your budget is more in the deep or shallow end, some homes with pools may be more affordable than you think.
‘While the rise in energy bills will have a very real impact on those wanting to heat a pool, at this time of year a refreshing dip may be just what’s needed.’
Four properties with swimming pools…
1. Six-bed house, Ramsgate, £1.1m
The most expensive house in our list of properties with swimming pools is this £1.1million home in Ramsgate, Kent, which is being sold by Miles & Barr estate agents
The property is called Pond Cottage and it boasts a large outdoor swimming pool that has a curved slide at the side
Inside the property, the entertainment facilities continue – with a cinema room that has black chairs and a red carpet
Harworth Group plc has completed the sale of an eight-acre land parcel at Woodville, Derbyshire to Barwood Homes for the delivery of 73 new houses. This represents Harworth’s first transaction with the Northampton-based housebuilder. The land parcel forms part of a 53-acre regeneration site which is owned by Beepart Ltd, part of Dyson Group, the Sheffield-based former manufacturer of industrial materials. Harworth is promoting the site on its behalf through a Planning Promotion Agreement. In April 2022, South Derbyshire District Council granted outline consent for the creation of up to 300 homes on the site, in addition to a c.30,000ft² local center with convenience retail and leisure amenities and over 150,000ft² of employment space for a range of uses.
The wider site has been unlocked by the delivery of Derbyshire County Council’s Woodville to Swadlincote Regeneration Route, which opened to traffic in December 2021, providing better access to Swadlincote and traffic relief in Woodville, as well as improved connectivity across the site. Preparation works will commence shortly for the next phases of residential and employment land sales at the development.
Ed Catchpole, Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth, commented: “This sale is a fantastic start to the development at Woodville and we are pleased to welcome Barwood Homes to the site, who will deliver high-quality new housing for the local community. Our focus is now on bringing forward the rest of the development, utilising our extensive experience in the remediation of complex sites, including earthworks and infrastructure, to ready the remaining residential and employment land.”
Luke Simmons, Managing Director of Barwood Homes, added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Harworth on this exciting development. The team is looking forward to engaging with the local community as we gear up to deliver a scheme of excellent quality in design, build and service.”
Gavin Rosson, Managing Director of Dyson Group, added: “This first sale of a residential portion of the site is an important step in unlocking the full development potential of the whole, something we have been trying to achieve for many years. Such development will help regenerate Woodville and the surrounding area, somewhere we have had a presence since 1967 and are delighted to participate in.”