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National Park stars in debut fantasy fiction novel

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By Michelle Crean

The beauty of Killarney National Park plays a starring role in a new work of fiction which tackles Climate Change through Irish myth and magic.

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The debut novel 'Realm of the Hare' published by Dixi books in London is a Young Adult/Adult magical realist novel written by Cork man Micheál Lovett who has connections to Killarney town.

Set in Kerry and Oxford, this magical story melds together Irish mythology, sorcery and the ever-growing challenge of climate change in an legendary tale of good versus evil, nature versus man, and Ullanite versus the Regnum.

"It tells the story of Boudicca Moriarty, a young girl from Oxford whose mother has mysteriously disappeared and she returns to the care of her grandparents in Kerry," Michael explained.

Here she finds a mysterious locket containing a tiny book leading her to join forces with a wild hare called ‘Finn’. They journey to the ancient world of the Ullauns, in nearby Killarney National Park, and join a band of child warriors called The Ullaunites, who are the last defenders of Nature from the Regnum, a dark army led by Mustela, who craves Nature and the power of its secrets. To survive, Boudicca must leave behind her childhood and become an Ullaunite warrior and protect Nature, before all is lost to the Regnum.

"As much, if not more so, than the other counties in Ireland, Kerry is blessed with beautiful scenery, and Killarney is surrounded by wondrous nature," explaining his reasons for including the National Park in his book.

"It overlooks the town, provides the backdrop, affects the weather, and thus the people. The people are as much part of nature as the mountains and lakes. Being in the Park repairs the soul," Michael, an English language teacher, said.

A former Writer in Residence at the Everyman Palace, Micheál is a critically acclaimed playwright is from Cork, but the son of a West Kerryman, Michael Lovett from Annascaul.

His debut play 'The Deadman’s Beard’, toured nationally in 2001 including Siamsa Tire, 2002 and 2013, ‘This Ebony Bird’ Cork Opera House & Smock Alley 2005, 2011, ‘Jumping the Sharks’ starring Don Whycherley, Smock Alley, Cork and Limerick. ‘Tricky’ London 2004, ‘Macbeth at the Gates’ New Orleans, US 2007. ‘My Heart Upset the Moon’ RTE Radio 1. He has written for numerous TV shows in Australia with Endemol Shine and Channel 7. He is one of the founding members of Blood in the Alley Productions which has toured Kerry on a number of occasions.

The book available in Eason in Killarney, Waterstones, Amazon UK and the US and all independent bookstores through out the county.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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