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Healy-Rae’s second book almost complete

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By Michelle Crean

So popular was the first book that TD Michael Healy-Rae has done it again – with his second book due out in time for the Christmas market.

The Kilgarvan native, working with writer Tara King, launched his first book ‘A Time To Talk’, published by Gill Books, last year.

Now, he’s almost ready to bring his second book, ‘A Listening Ear: More Stories from the Heart of Rural Ireland’, to the market.

“I’ve it finished,” Michael told the Killarney Advertiser.
“I’ve been proofreading it all along and over the next few weeks will be putting the final touches to it.
“It will be available on book shelves this autumn, out in time for Christmas.”

Michael added that writer Tara King has been exceptionally patient taking his calls any hour of the day and night.

“Tara is a saint. I could ring her late at night and she’d take the call. Anyone you could ring at 1am, 2am or 3am – and I don’t think she ever said no. It’s a measure of how well we got on with the first book to say that we’d work together again.”

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Trees down, power out and roads flooded due to Storm Barra

Strom Barra has arrived quite violently across the county this morning causing havoc in some areas. At 6am the storm made itself known and as a result a number of trees are down and roads flooded. According to Kerry County Council, there’s some flooding at Fossa near the new brewery and it’s reported that there […]

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Strom Barra has arrived quite violently across the county this morning causing havoc in some areas.

At 6am the storm made itself known and as a result a number of trees are down and roads flooded.

According to Kerry County Council, there’s some flooding at Fossa near the new brewery and it’s reported that there is a tree down close to Lough Guitane National School with motorists advised to avoid the area. There is also a tree down at Brookhill, Kilgobnet.

There’s currently a power outage in Coolcorcoran which cut out at 6am this morning with 89 customers affected. It’s expected that the power will be restored at approximately 1.45pm today.

In other areas, the N71 road is impassable this morning near the Suspension Bridge due to flooding, as well as Pier Road in Kenmare, and trees down on N71 at Gortamullen and on the Roughty Road in Kenmare.

In Tralee, Godfrey Place, Prince’s Quay and Ballyard Road are also experiencing flooding which has now receded as pumps were in place since 5am. The road is reported to be blocked at the Ballyroe Hotel near Tralee due to flooding and there’s some flooding on the road in Ballylongford village but no properties affected currently.

The road is partially blocked at Minard Castle and there’s reports of a tree down 3km west of Killaha on Castletownbere Road.

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Kerry County Council’s emergency phoneline for the duration of Storm Barra is 066 7183588. Crews will respond to issues which arise when it is safe to do so.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

For other emergencies dial 999/112.

To check for power outages go to the ESB Networks website: https://powercheck.esbnetworks.ie/index.html

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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