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Máire releases debut book based in Killarney

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By Michelle Crean

One local writer has just released her debut novel 'Freewheeling to Love' which features Killarney throughout its story.

Set in Killarney, South Kerry and the Ring of Beara, Máire O'Leary's new book is romantic fiction with Killarney's leisure cycling scene as a backdrop. It is a fast paced modern witty tale of life, love and friendship.

Characters Saoirse and Oisin are best friends. When Saoirse falls for Donal, Oisin realises that despite his assertion that members of the opposite sex can be 'just friends', he is actually in love with his best friend.

"As an avid reader since childhood it is a dream come true to see my book in print," Máire said.

"From what started out as a bit of light entertainment for myself seven years ago during my pregnancy has resulted in this book."

Máire grew up in Bantry, West Cork but now lives in Killarney with her husband and two boys. She is happiest in the great outdoors and living in Killarney, she is blessed with easy access to wonderful lakes, mountains, rivers and the beech. Her love of nature is evident throughout the book as characters become one with their landscape.

Máire plans to donate 10 percent of the profits to two charities, South West Counselling Centre Killarney and Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre whom she regularly works with in her role as a Health Promotion Officer with the HSE.

Máire says that she is delighted to be able to support these two charities who do trojan work in Kerry supporting those experiencing mental health difficulties and those who have experienced rape and sexual abuse.

'Freewheeling to Love' is available from Amazon, Kindle and the Book Depository. It is available to the book trade through Ingram Sparks.

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Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season

Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk. “While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer […]

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Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk.

“While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer as male deer go in search of females and younger males are ousted by dominant males forcing deer to cross roads and motorways,” Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission said.

Drivers are being advised to reduce speed, stay alert and dip their headlights as the full beam may cause the deer to freeze.

“If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow. Do not approach an injured deer. If you are involved in a deer road traffic accident or come across a deer that has been involved in a road traffic accident, immediately contact the local Gardaí.”

The Irish Deer Commission operate a humane deer dispatch scheme with 75 trained volunteers assisting agencies and charities who deal with an increasing number of deer vehicle collisions nationally.

On Sunday October 10 the Irish Deer Commission will hold a Red Deer Rut Watch event in Killarney National
Park. It has taken place in Killarney continuously for over 5,000 years and Killarney National Park is acknowledged as one of the best locations in Europe to observe the red deer rut.
This family friendly event is being hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free. There will be talks by a Conservation Rangers and the Irish Deer Commission, along with a display of native red deer antlers.

Booking is available only online via visit www.irishdeercommission.ie.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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