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.