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Mattie Lennon Author- COME HOME TO KERRY (North Kerry Reaching Out Festival)

COME HOME TO KERRY
By Mattie Lennon

I’ve always felt that Kerry people have a more profound sense of place than anyone else.

I’m sure the Lisselton writer Maurice Walsh was thinking of Kerry specifically when he wrote, “A place acquires an entity of its own, an entity that is the essence of all the life and thoughts and griefs and joys that have gone before.”

The late John B. Keane once wrote that if you spin a Kerryman around, three times, in any part of the world, when he stops rotating a certain one of his appendages will be pointing to Mount Brandon.

North Kerry Reaching Out (NKRO) is a coming together on a voluntary basis of the villages of North Kerry with a view to promoting and preserving our culture, heritage and history. It covers the parishes of: • Listowel • Ballyduff • Lisselton / Ballydonoghue • Ballybunion • Asdee • Ballylongford • Tarbert • Duagh • Lyreacrompane • Lixnaw • Moyvane/ Newtownsandes • Knockanure • Finuge and Kilflynn.

I’ll bet you won’t find one of the above place names that haven’t produced a poet, playwright, songwriter, novelist or philosopher. (Words are the tools of Kerry People and North Kerry is the home of the lateral thinker. Ireland’s greatest living man-of-letters, Kerryman, Con Houlihan, who says of North Kerry children ‘You would have a better chance of winning a duel with a Moore Street trader’ tells the story of how, when he was teaching in Renagown, he said to a young misbehaving child, I’ll kill you.” The reply? “If you kill me, sir, you’ll have to bury me.”) Wherever a Kerry person goes in the world he or she won’t usually lose the run of themselves; perhaps Bryan McMahon’s advice, all those years ago, to “Always keep one foot in the cow-dung” was unnecessary after all.

As one committee member buts it, “We are inviting people . . . to come and enjoy a week among their own people . . . . Join us in a magical journey through the towns and parishes that your ancestors left in centuries & decades past.”

However, if you, or your ancestors, are not from any of the places mentioned, don’t worry. The good people of North Kerry will look after you. And if you are famous and have North Kerry forebears you are in good company. The ancestors of world renowned figures as diverse as Thomas Moore and Kylie Minogue were reared on the banks of the Feale. When North Kerry Reaching Out Heritage Project (NKRO) invites the Irish Diaspora worldwide for its ‘Week of Welcomes’ it means it. Kerry people can give a welcome like nobody else.

In its few short months of existence NKRO has developed a network of followers throughout the world, whom it has helped trace their roots in North Kerry. Lewis Mumford said, “Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.”

Whether or not you revolted against your father NKRO, through its Genealogy Programme, will ensure that you get the opportunity to make friends with your grandfather and his grandfather and his . . .

The next step on its journey of discovery is the hosting of its first welcome home festival in the first week in August 2012. Activities planned for the week include ‘A Day in the Bog’, workshops in genealogy and local history, trips to places of beauty and historic importance as well as opportunities to learn a few Irish dance steps and how to wield a camán.

If you come to a place that produced George Fitmaurice, Brendan Kennelly, John B. Keane, Bryan McMahon, Dan Keane, Professor Alfred O Rahilly and Sean McCarthy you won’t be disappointed. Our Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, has found a connection between Listowel and, no less a scribe than, William Shakespeare. This is interesting because Professor Paul Myers of the Theatre Department of KU, Kansas, points out that some words in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” don’t rhyme if delivered in an English accent which prompts the question if Helena and Lysander were played by two Duagh people would the rhythm be more pleasing to the ear?

And a small corner of this green and misty island which can hold such international events as the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, The Brendan Kennelly Festival, the Sean McCarty Weekend and Listowel Writers Week, now in its 41st year, must be doing something right.

“Plans are currently being finalised for our week-long festival in August and we are looking forward to welcoming our many guests from throughout the world to experience life in North Kerry”, said Ger Greaney, Chairman of the Group. “We are delighted to say that we have already received several bookings from as far away as the USA and Australia. Irish people too are welcome to join us. We would love our group to be made up of North Kerry people from near and far.”

The package will include;
• Transport from airport
• Transport to and from events
• Entry to all events (such as turf cutting lessons, bog walking, traditional Irish music sessions and more)
• Transportation to visit your ancestral home in North Kerry.
• Concessionary prices from certain businesses within our locality
The detailed Programme of Events is available from the Group’s website http://www.northkerryreachingout.com which also includes a direct booking facility for the Festival.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cara Trant, Secretary,
North Kerry Reaching Out,
C/o Seanchaí – Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre,
24 The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Tel. +353 (0)68 22212
Email: northkerryreachingout@gmail.com

Mattie Lennon

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Tom Kirkbride Author- BOOK IV GAMADIN GAZZ

BOOK IV GAMADIN GAZZ

by Tom Kirkbride

http://www.Gamadin.com

All life on the planet Gazz is about to be wiped out by a lethal gama ray burst in 11 days. Saving the planet with Millawanda’s force field was supposed to be a “slam dunk”. MIllie saves the planet, but at a cost: her power is sucked dry! Unable to maintain orbit, She plunges into the planet’s ocean. Adding to the tragey, Riverstone, Lu and Sizzle have vanished and a second gamma ray burst will hit the planet in 37 days. There is a source of power, Gazz is a 15th Century planet of windpowered ships and slithering beasts called “trass.” In a race against time, Harlowe must commandeer a pirate galleon and find the thermo-grym crystals that will power Millawanda back to life before his girl, his crew, his ship, the planet and his own life are lost…

ISBN: 978-0-9840643-6-6

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Gracie Roberts Author- MORTUARY SCHOOL and TWISTED- THE PSYCHOPATH NEXT DOOR

MORTUARY SCHOOL and TWISTED-THE PSYCHOPATH NEXT DOOR

by Gracie Roberts

About MORTUARY SCHOOL, A Novel of Suspense:

The main character, Jake Malone, is trying to earn a living and hates every job he’s ever had. Jake decides he will try school one more time and thinks that mortuary school might be up his alley. But is mortuary school what he bargained for? The scene is set in San Francisco where the notorious Walker stalker, a serial killer, is running amok. While attending mortuary school people that Jake knows start getting seriously hurt, or wind up dead. Jake questions why this is happening and so does the detective hearding up; the Walker Stalker case. The detective clearly thinks it is a little more than coincidence that Jake knows the deceased. Is Jake the killer, hiding under the guise of a student mortician? Find out!

About TWISTED- THE PSYCHOPATH NEXT DOOR, A Novel of Suspense:

Savannah is used to getting what she wants when she wants it. Savannah is beautiful, charming and cunning and uses her wiles to her advantage. When her coworker, Malloy, discovers her dark secret, how far will Savannah go to get revenge? And how will Mallory escape Savannah’s clutches? The scene is set in Chaicago. The main character, Mallory, joins a prestigious law firm as a paralegal. Savannah Porter heads the paralegal department and soon becomes jealous of Mallory’s talents, and begins to sabotage her. Savannah becomes obsessed with Mallory. In the end who wins? Find out!

BIO: Gracie Roberts became a published author of her bebut mystery novel MORTUARY SCHOOL, which was published in April, 2011. Gracie is an Arizona native, grew up in Bisbee, Az, and now lives in Tucson, Az. Gracie is a huge supporter of animal rights and supports her local Humane Society and the National Animal Legal Defense Fund.

View Gracie’s website: http://www.graciesonlinebooks.com
Novels available on amazon.com

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A. J. Scudiere Author – GOD’S EYE

GOD’S EYE

by A. J. Scudiere

A demon and an angel are each need of redemption. Katharine is their unsupecting pawn, until she realizes the choices are all her. But why can’t she recognize the evil she she knows is in front of her?

What is evil?

A. J. Scudiere Auth- aj@ajscudiere.com

http://www.ajscudiere.com

Secret Code #42

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Deena Remiel Author- GHOST OF A CHANCE

GHOST OF A CHANCE

by Deena Remiel

Susannah’s married to her career. And she’s about ready for a divorce. Drowning in grief over the loss of her husband years ago, she initially immersed herself in a high-powered position at her marketing firm. But recently, she’s lost that loving feeling. Is she finally able to accept that her need for a man, for love in her life is stronger than her desire to bury it?

Remy, once a high-profile building magnate, is a ghost of a man, literally. Cursed by a vengeful ex-wife he neglected, he’s relegated to the shadows of his former world. She meant for him to spend the rest of his life without the chance of normalcy ever again, and he believed she cucceeded. But could there be a way out?

Susannah and Remy, two people people ghosting through life, until they are brought together by a fateful One Night Stand. Both are seeking re-entry to the land of the living and loving. Can they fulfill each other’s deepest desires and learn what it means to live again?

Decandent Publishing

Available at amazone.com and decadentpublishing.com

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Libby Fischer Hellmann Author- SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE

SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE

by Libby Fischer Hellman

“A tremendous thriller…this story really does Set the Night on Fire.”- Lee Child

“A masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense…”- Publishers Weekly

“Libby Hellman has indisputably crossed the line into the realm or great crime fiction writers.”- Crimespree Magazine

libbyhellmann.com

OTHER BOOKS BY LIBBY FISCHER HELLMAN

TOXICITY

DOUBLEBACK

EASY INNOCENCE

NICE GIRL DOES NOIR

A BITTER VEIL

A SHOT TO DIE FOR

AN IMAGE OF DEATH

A PICTURE OF GUILT

AN EYE FOR MURDER

You can also find Libby on Facebook & Twitter

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Tom Kirkbride Author- BOOK III GAMADIN: DISTANT SUNS

BOOK III GAMADIN: DISTANT SUNS

by Tom Kirkbride

Freedom Justice Gamadin

“Finally, the boys have a series the girls love to read!”

Homesick and eager to find a date and catch a few waves, Captain Harlowe Pylott and his new Gamadin crew are minutes from touchdown, when their homecoming is interrupted by a distress call that sends them on a perilous journey light-years from home. The empire that crushed Neeja, the planet he made an oath to save, is now on the verge of seizing the entire glactic quadrant! The only things that stand in their way are the Gamadin, the love of a girl, and a lone ship from the distant past.

http://www.GAMADIN.COM

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