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Killarney woman pens new children’s book

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As Ireland cautiously exits lockdown, a Killarney woman decided to pen a new book designed to help children cope with their inner worries and anxieties.

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ - which is available from today (Friday) - was written and illustrated by Katie O’Donoghue, a child and young people’s therapist, and tells the story of Little Squirrel who hasn’t left his nest since last autumn. He needs to gather nuts for the long winter to come, but he’s too worried to leave his cosy nest.

Luckily, Little Squirrel discovers he has lots of friends in the forest, from Wren to Snuffly Hedgehog, Grey Rabbit to Mister Fox, Old Badger to Great Stag. Will their encouragement and words of advice be enough to help Little Squirrel to venture out?

In what has been a very difficult year for so many, through the story of Little Squirrel and his adventures in the forest, readers young and old come to learn coping techniques and to realise that, although we all feel worried sometimes, we don’t have to face those worries alone, Katie explained.

“With a little help from his friends, Little Squirrel eventually emerges from his cosy nest, as the rest of us begin to too,” she said.

Now working as deputy manager at cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, author Katie recently returned from the UK, where she worked as a children and young people's therapist for the NHS. Her background is in fine art and design, and she has a Master's degree in Art Psychotherapy.

“During COVID, while supporting young people, I was inspired to write and illustrate the story,” she explained. “Influenced by my own need to reconnect with home in Kerry, I began illustrating the characters, all native Irish woodland animals, along with a story that utilises psychoeducation and CBT coping skills to help support children with their worries.”

Described by publishers, Gill, as ‘a comforting story for children and adults alike’ Katie's book is now available at Eason Killarney and online on Eason's and Gill books websites.

 

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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