‘Kerry Bravehearts’, a new book written by award winning Kerry journalist and photographer Con Dennehy (and produced by local book printers Tralee Printing) which will be launched in Killarney on Sunday November 27th, looks deep into the heart and soul of 42 inspirational Kerry people who have overcome, and in many cases continue to overcome adversity in their own personal life. Men, women and children from all over Kerry are featured in the book which brings readers on a journey that is physical, emotional and spiritual.
“This book invites each of us to put ourselves in another’s shoes, to see and feel the existence of pain, bravery, love, community and courage. It is a book brought to you by ordinary people who have, and continue to live, extraordinary lives,” said Currow native, Con Dennehy.
Among those featured in the book are Margaret Curran (Waterville), Kathleen Poff (Brosna), Damien O’Carroll (Listowel), John Stack (Tarbert), Alanna Diggin (Tralee), Adrian O’Connor (Cloghane), Robert Barry (Kilflynn), Marianne McGrath (Kenmare), Becka Flynn (Killorglin), Barry Clifford (Castlecove) and Maria Ni Mhurchu (Dingle).
“Each person featured in the book has battled with a range of life changing traumas such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, depression, brain injury, loss of limbs, strokes, epilepsy, suicide, rare growth disorders and other medical issues. The book features the incredible and honest accounts of cancer by former Kerry Rose Julett Culloty from Kilcummin and Tralee fashion icon Orlagh Winters. Tralee farmer Tommy Moynihan recounts a horrific farm accident that resulted in the loss of his left hand. Anthony Morris from Killarney details his traumatic battle with Lyme disease while Rathmore native David Saunders tells his inspiring story that saw him lose a leg to cancer but fight back to become an Irish international amputee soccer star. It’s a book that will bring readers through varying emotions from tears to laughter and from sadness to elation.”
The book, published by Roisin Publications and printed in Kerry by Tralee Printing Works, will be launched in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Sunday November 27th at 4pm by Radio Kerry presenter and journalist Deirdre Walsh.
This is the second book by Con Dennehy following the success of ‘Tough as Leather’, the story of World Mountain running champion John Lenihan, in 2015.