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Local journalist releases latest book online



NEW BOOK: Local journalist and writer Breda Joy has released her new book ‘Under a Skellig Sky’ online on Amazon. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean


A talented fiction writer from Killarney has released a humorous new novel, 'Under a Skellig Sky' centred around an imaginary valley overlooking the Skellig Islands.

Due to the lockdown, Breda Joy's latest work can only be released on Amazon and will hit bookshops early next year.

The local journalist tells the funny story of Carol O’Connell who returns to Kerry to recover from a broken relationship and discovers that the sleepy valley of her youth has woken up to a busier reality.

Carol’s plans for a new life before she turns 40 are disrupted by an old lover, a troubled friend, a bingo-loving Fáilte Ireland inspector and sinister outsiders.

This is the second novel from Breda, who has a three-book contract with Poolbeg Books. Her debut novel, ‘Eat the Moon’, was released in 2018. Her previous works include 'Hidden Kerry', 'The Wit & Wisdom of Kerry' and a biography of MEP Brian Crowley.

"Releasing my second novel as an ebook is just one more learning curve in these days of Coronavirus," Breda told the Killarney Advertiser.

"For instance, my friend suggested we go to the Shire Cafe for a cup of coffee outdoors to mark its arrival, so I turned that into a virtual launch with the massive attendance of three friends and the dog!"

In theses times she said that you need a sense of humour to see you through it.

"Just as well it's a romantic comedy, albeit one with an edge or a bite. I touch on rural crime and State neglect of areas such as South Kerry in between the humour."

However, currently the only way to order the paperback or Kindle version is online on Amazon, she added.

"The publisher, Poolbeg, wants to put it in the shops early next year, but you don't know what will happen. So, Amazon it is for now."

She added that she's been promoting it a lot online herself, and is getting great reaction on Facebook from people who have bought it already.

"Poolbeg is concentrating a lot of its marketing on Irish-Americans which is kind of timely because they can take a virtual trip to Kerry on the magic carpet of 'Under a Skellig Sky' while actual travel is restricted."

Her book is available from

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Detox Wrap will leave you feeling energised

It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap. This wrap is suitable for males and […]




It may be the last few weeks of the holidays but, it is no better time treat yourself to a body detox wrap.

This wrap is suitable for males and females.
This wrap will boost your energy levels and make you feel like yourself again. Having loads of BBQs and nights out or feeling bloated and sluggish, unmotivated.
This wrap is a great way to boost energy by increasing lymphatic drainage, which helps the body’s natural detox system to release bad toxins. By aiding the lymphatic system and increasing the negative, harmful toxins. Your body will immediately start to feel better, more motivated, and increased energy. Your skin will feel better and bring your glow back.

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Bentonite has excellent drainage properties for full detox and skin clarification.

Magnesium sulphate stimulates peripheral skin circulation, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory.
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They work best the longer they are left on the skin and the longer you detox. I wouldn’t claim a 2-hour treatment can do amazing results without the homework. The clay isn’t dirty looking on the skin, it looks more like a cloud of chalky dust on the outer skin, the active properties have been absorbed into the skin.
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Puck Goat removed from platform in searing heat

Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat. Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in […]




Organisers of Puck Fair have taken King Puck down from his platform to protect the wild mountain goat from the heat.

Today mark’s day two of the three-day fair in Killorglin town. As part of the fair’s tradition a wild mountain goat presides over the town from his tall platform over the course of the three days.

Organisers employ a dedicated vet to look after the goat and a team of experienced goat handlers are also on duty for the duration of the festival.

There is also a temperature monitoring device on the platform.

As temperatures hit 29 degrees today (Thursday), the vet and handlers decided it was safer for the goat to be removed from the platform for the rest of the day.

“He is currently resting in the shade,” spokesperson Marcella O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser. “The handlers were monitoring him in case it got too hot, the decision was made to take him down, and the vet says he is happy.”

A decision will be made tomorrow (Friday) on the goat’s return to the platform for the final day of the fair.


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