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Maura’s book is a foodie favourite as she scoops international award

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A Kenmare woman’s book, which was a “true labour of love” reflecting her six decades in the kitchen, has won a prestigious international award.

The book, ‘My Wild Atlantic Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections’, is a compilation of the favourite recipes of acclaimed chef, Maura O’Connell Foley, and was awarded Best Woman Chef Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook announced in Paris last week.
Maura, who released her book in March 2020, said receiving the award is “a tremendous honour”.
“Receiving this international award for my lifetime book is truly phenomenal and unexpected,” Maura O’Connell Foley said. “It is a tremendous honour and is a wonderful acknowledgment to the entire team involved.”

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau and are considered the pinnacle of food publishing, recognising and rewarding the very best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. This year, entries were received from 225 countries and regions for the awards which are the only international competition in the sector.

This prestigious award sees Maura join the ranks of high profile past award winners including Hélène Darroze and Claudia Roden. The ceremony also saw other Irish winners including Katy Lucey from Gougane Barra Hotel who was awarded Best Hotel Book 2021 for ‘Cooking with Katy’, and Clodagh McKenna who took home the award for Best Celebrity Chef Book for ‘Weekend Kitchen’.

Maura’s award-winning book not only captures over 250 dishes, it includes beautiful art, illustrations and landscape photography and features the formidable chef’s culinary recollections and stories, all expertly woven throughout. The book perfectly communicates Maura’s ethos of keeping food simple, cooking with care and using the best available local produce.

It was produced in close collaboration with Kenmare-based graphic designer, Éamonn O’Sullivan, Creative Director of Anchor Studio. It features over one hundred images captured by Lynda Kenny, Maria Bell and Norman McCloskey all of which showcase Maura’s love of art and the Irish landscape. It also includes illustrations by artist, Christine Bowen, and paintings from internationally acclaimed Irish artist, Pauline Bewick.

The book’s design was recognised at the IDI 2021 Awards earlier this month where Éamonn received the award for Best Printed Book Design.
The book is available directly from www.mywildatlantickitchen.com, selected independent bookstores and via Amazon.

Keep up to date with the latest news by following ‘My Wild Atlantic Kitchen’ on Instagram: @MyWildAtlanticKitchen.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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