Connect with us

News

George debuts historical novel

Published

on

E

EXCLUSIVE

By Michelle Crean

Finally getting his hands on his debut novel was a "buzz" for one novice author - who was inspired to finish after a relative's children's series was picked up by the Disney+ channel.

George Nash, who, in February, retired as manager of the Killarney Technology Innovation Centre (KTI) after over 20 years service wrote ‘Uneasy Quest’, a work of historical fiction with a lot of historical facts set at the time of the first Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. And many of the later parts of the book are set in Killarney including the shores of Lough Leane.

For George, the book had been a long time coming as he started it many years ago.

However, with the extra time on his hands and the lockdown which meant little to no travel from his home in Castlemaine gave him the incentive to get it complete.

Also inspired by his late first cousin's son's success - Eoin Colfer the Irish author of the internationally bestselling 'Artemis Fowl' children's series, which was named the public's favourite Puffin Classic of all time and brought to life by the Disney+ channel - spurred him on.

"I was working on it for a number of years and went away from it," George told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"Last year I decided to finish it and I more or less had it complete when I retired."

STORY

It's Ireland, 1169: a foreign army has landed in County Wexford. Invited by Diarmaid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, Strongbow’s Norman invasion of Ireland has begun.

"The book is based on a family who are part of the Normans. The main character is a foot soldier and his father is a fictitious Norman leader. They're running from a land dispute in Wales. The story then concerns how that family survive and integrate with warring factions. A number of the later chapters are set in Killarney, their first home is set on the shores of Lough Leane."

George's surname Nash is a Norman name, which peeked his interest as a young child.
"Since primary school I had an interest in the Normans. As Billy's son Eoin wrote 'Artemis Fowl', the children's book series, that inspired me to finish my book. I would have used his work as major historical references."

George's 298 page book is available to buy on Amazon for £8.99 for a paperback edition or £2.99 for an ebook.

"I would love to have it for sale in local shops," he added.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

Published

on

0205586_PASlogoTagline.jpg

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

GUIDANCE

“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

Continue Reading

News

New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

Published

on

0206194_E7YwbxXXoAE3kU6.jpg

By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending