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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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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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