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Máire releases debut book based in Killarney




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.


Maine Valley Golf Club raises €13,050



Maine Valley Members Golf Club hosted a Comfort for Chemo Golf Fundraiser in memory of Kathy Scannell. The fundraiser was a great success raising €13,050. Clonkeen Forestry Services sponsored the event, and a cheque  was presented to Mary Fitzgerald, Paul McCarthy and Mary Horgan on behalf of Comfort for Chemo.

Maine Valley Members Golf Club and Clonkeen Forestry services would like to thank all those who sponsored T-boxes, golf teams, and those who purchased tickets for the event. They would also like to thank Tom Barry from Killarney Printing for all the print works.


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Dóchas Drama Group’s series of short plays  is go!

The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7. The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross […]




The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7.

The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross venue as its traditional base – the ballroom in the Killarney Avenue Hotel is being refurbished.

“If you are fed up with the incessant rain and constant bad news. Do you need a break? Are tired of listening to advice about your Christmas cake recipe? There is a perfect solution,” said the group’s Liz Ryan.

“We will present six short plays and some of the questions you may ask yourself are: 

“Why is Jane suddenly so honest?

“What did happen on December 9. Will Tiffany be promoted? Will Mags eventually find love?

“Can lost love be re-kindled? What do grandparents get up to when they’re babysitting?

For answers to these questions and more, come along to Muckross Schoolhouse on December 5, 6 and 7.”


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