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





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, selected independent bookstores and via Amazon.

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



Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake



On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website,


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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments



The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.


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