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By Sean Moriarty

After several false starts the 50th Killarney London Reunion will go head on local soil this October.

The Killarney London Association celebrated its 50th anniversary in October 2019.

It was always intended to host the 50th annual dinner dance in Killarney and a date in October 2020 was secured.

However, the pandemic arrived and all plans were thrown into disarray.

At long last organisers on both sides of the Irish Sea are in a position to run the event.

It will take place on October 8 in the Dromhall Hotel and will form one of the main events in the recently launched ‘An Turas Mór – Homecoming Kerry’ festival.

The month long gathering is a county wide initiative to bring home Kerry Diaspora during October this year.

It is presented by Kerry County Council as part of the Global Irish Festival Series which is a joint initiative between Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“An Turas Mór is a call home from all aspects of Kerry business, tourism, sports and cultural organisations spearheaded by Kerry County Council to come home and enjoy close to forty events and activities that will take place throughout the County during the month of October this year,” said a council statement.

Serving as a home away from home for Killarney exiles, the Killarney London Association has gone from strength to strength over the last half century.
The Killarney Association London was formed in 1969 by local priest Tom Looney, who was the parish priest in Wembley at the time, Cllr Donal Grady and the late Cllr Michael Courtney.

The Killarney Advertiser is an associate sponsor of the Killarney London Reunion.

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Faulty Towers meets Love Island in new romantic novel

By Michelle Crean The pandemic may have delayed it from hitting the bookshelves sooner – but local author Breda Joy’s latest work has now hit the bookshops. ‘Under a Skellig […]

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By Michelle Crean

The pandemic may have delayed it from hitting the bookshelves sooner – but local author Breda Joy’s latest work has now hit the bookshops.

‘Under a Skellig Sky’ is a combination of Love Island and Fawlty Towers together in this new romantic novel with a bite!

The Skellig islands off the coast of Kerry are the backdrop to the page turner that doles out quick fire laughs as well as confronting issues such as rural crime and depopulation.

Nomadic Carol O’Connell’s return to Glenosheen overlooking the famed craggy Skelligs turns into one more in a series of half-baked decisions that pass for her life.

An experiment with Airbnb in her mother’s old farm guesthouse on the ‘Wet Atlantic Way’, a disastrous re-union with an ex and the rescue of a troubled friend set her tumbling through the year.

Through the sultry heat wave of 2018, she searches for peace to recover from a broken relationship but her sleepy valley homeplace has woken up to Star Wars fever and mass tourism.

But a trip to the stunning Skellig Michael with a mystery guest called Oliver turns the tide in the love stakes for Carol.

“I wrote ‘Under a Skellig Sky’ during the heat wave of 2018 and set it in that summer, drawing directly from the weather conditions as I wrote,” Breda, who is an award winning author and local journalist said.

“As part of my research, I took a boat trip to the Skellig on a day when the sea was like a billiard table and the sky was a sapphire blue. I had been on the island previously, but it was my first time visiting when the puffins were in residence, and it was wonderful to see them. That idyllic day informed my descriptions of the island and sets the background to the visit of my two main characters there.

“When I planned the novel, I set out to write a romantic comedy to provide readers with an escape chute to an imaginary world – similar to the escapism of Love Island,” she said. “I wanted to write a kind of Kerry-based ‘Fawlty Towers’. Humour is very much at the heart of both my fiction and journalism. When I want to get a serious message across, humour is my lure to reel the reader in.

“Having my novels published is a dream-come-true,” Breda said. “It’s such a privilege to be included among the ranks of published Irish writers. Chief among the essential advice I’d give an aspiring writer is not to be isolationist as I have been with the crucial exception of joining a small writing group in Killarney 15 years ago. The support and the constructive criticism of the members advanced me hugely on my writing journey.”

‘Under a Skellig Sky’ was first launched as an eBook on Amazon during the pandemic but is now available in Eason and O’Connor’s Newsagent in Killarney as well as all good book shops.

Breda’s previous non-fiction books include ‘Hidden Kerry, The Keys to the Kingdom’ and ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Kerry’ with Mercier Press Cork. She published ‘Brian Crowley, Against the Odds’, a Biography with Brandon Press in 1996. Her second novel was ‘Eat the Moon’ and she is currently researching her third.

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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