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Katie launches latest children’s book

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By Michelle Crean

A children's therapist who is using her experience to reach out to young people through colourful stories, has just launched her latest book.

Katie O’Donoghue is a child and young people’s therapist with a background in Fine Art and Design. She has a master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy and is a PhD in Healthy Psychology.

She excitedly launched 'The Little Otter Who Tried' on Thursday evening in Eason on Main Street.

Katie writes her books to attend to the challenges children face and to support the inner child in us all.

Little Otter is scared to swim on her own. But with tips from her riverside friends, she grows in confidence, and is soon surprised by how far she has travelled all by herself!

"Every child will find something to love in this gorgeous book," Katie, who also brought the stories to life with her own hand painted illustrations, explained.

"It has been a whirlwind of a week, absolutely filled to the brim with memories to last a lifetime. I've been so supported by the community in Kerry. I'd like to say a special thanks to Tanya O'Shea and all the staff in Eason Killarney, who ensured we had a wonderful launch evening. I'm really grateful for everyone's support and I hope any child gifted a copy of the book will find in Little Otter, a kind friend to help them with any challenges they may encounter."

Katie previously wrote and illustrated 'The Little Squirrel Who Worried' which was published by Gill Books in July 2021 which featured on The Late Late Toy Show.

The Little Otter Who Tried is priced at €13.99.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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