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Author grateful for support of debut novel

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By Michelle Crean

A local author, who released her debut novel earlier this year, has thanked the public for their support.

Killarney author Máire O'Leary, who penned 'Freewheeling to Love', said she has seen fantastic support from Irish libraries.

Her book, which was released in February, is available in all Kerry libraries and in almost 60 libraries nationwide.

"I am blown away by the support from libraries throughout Ireland," Máire said.

"As a child I was a frequent visitor to Bantry Library and that is where my love of reading grew. I now love to visit Killarney Library with my boys. I feel libraries are special places that make reading assessable to all."

'Freewheeling to Love' is a contemporary cycling themed romance set in Killarney, South Kerry and West Cork. After reading 'Freewheeling to Love" you would be forgiven for hopping on the computer to book your holiday in Killarney, she added.

"It was described by one book blogger as a "love letter to Kerry" but it is so much more than that."

Beautifully weaved through the cycling themed romantic drama are the deeper societal issues of consent, fertility, paternity, jealousy and mental health. All three lead characters Saoirse, Oisin and Donal have their strengths and vulnerabilities and at different stages of the story your love and loyalty to them may be tested.

Máire is also really grateful to all the local Killarney retailers, the independent bookshops, in particular Eason, Eagers and O'Connors Killarney, and the international booksellers.

"All you have to do now is Google it and you will find it anywhere in the world."

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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