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Posted on: 5 August, 2019

Marvel at the rich history and beauty of Ireland at upcoming Armchair Travel

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The sights and rich history of Ireland will be uncovered at Council’s upcoming Armchair Travel session on Wednesday night, as Rockhampton novelist Kate-Lyn Therkelsen shares her adventures of exploring the Emerald Isle.

Kate-Lyn first visited Ireland in 2012 as part of a group tour, and spent six days traveling around the country from Belfast to Dublin through Derry, Galway, and Killarney and visiting attractions such as Giant's Causeway, Blarney Castle and the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar.

“I was fascinated by the history, culture, landscapes, the people and their stories. As a writer I felt totally at home in a country that boasted a rich literary history, and I was so captivated by Ireland that I decided to set a series of crime novels I had been working on there,” Kate-Lyn said.

“In 2017, five years after my first visit, I returned to the 'Emerald Isle' and spent a further three and a half weeks in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland researching my first crime novel.

“I have travelled a lot but Ireland is one place that has truly captured my heart and imagination. I am very much looking forward to sharing my passion for Ireland, and inspiring others to experience the true magic of this place that is so special to me.”

Since venturing overseas for the first time at the age of 23, Kate-Lyn said her travels played an important part in building her confidence while gaining valuable life experience.

“It brings you out of your comfort zone and helps you see and experience how other people live their daily lives, which I think helps us to be more compassionate and understanding. Traveling overseas can be a very daunting experience, especially on your own, but I feel that it is an experience every person should have, and if you can do it alone, even better!

Libraries, Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood said the Armchair Travel series had gained popularity since it was launched in 2016, with a diverse range of community members getting involved to pass on some of their travel tips and fascinating stories of their adventures abroad with the rest of the community.

“The Armchair Travel series has seen people share their experiences in places like Nepal, India, England, Cambodia, Laos, China and Europe, even as unique and unusual as Transylvania,” Cr Eastwood said.

“These events not only provide local residents with a taste of adventure and entertainment, but also helpful information and advice on visiting different countries, their local customs and culture and what to expect upon reaching these destinations.”

If you have a fascinating, lively and passionate travel story that will delight the community, speak with some of our wonderful library staff and put your name down to participate in this popular series.

Armchair Travel: Ireland will be held Wednesday, 7 August from 6pm – 7pm at Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby St. To reserve your spot, register http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/whatson

Kate-Lyn’s books The Wilted Rose and The New Neighbours will be available for purchase on the night.

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