Love across the seas

From: Hydro Hotel
Published: Tue Jan 09 2018

A new love story based on the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is to be launched at the opening weekend of the festival this September.
The novel, ‘Rogeen’ – An Irish Love Story’ isby American writer Jane Kiley, who penned the work after visiting the festival in the early 1990’s.
The writer who is from Chicago said she first heard about the festival in Cosmopolitan magazine in an article called ‘Oh Danny Boy’ and was so intrigued she decided to come to Ireland and discover it for herself in 1991.
"My friend and I were both single at the time and we thought it would be fun go to the famous, Irish pubs. Ireland was our last stop in our European tour, and we both said we were saving the best for last. I ended up meeting an Irish farmer from the Roscommon area and travelled back to Ireland seven more times in the next few years."
Jane, who started writing this book 26 years ago, completed it last year and it was launched in the US in February 2017.

"My book is based on my Irish adventures and my heroine Sierra, like me leaves the US and heads to the festival, where she falls in a love with an Irish Farmer. After a brief love affair, she returns to US and meets another man, but is unable to forget her Irish love.
The book features many local characters and includes a character called Michael Weldron, who is based on White Hotel Director, Marcus White.
"Marcus was extremely hospitable to us when we arrived in Lisdoonvarna. He was very surprised that my friend and I had travelled all the way from Chicago just for the festival. The Hydro hotel is also in the book, known as ‘The Irish Springs."

"I believe that women will enjoy reading my light hearted romantic comedy novel that is based on my experiences. My mother, Kay was Irish and I travelled to Ireland with both my mom and dad when they were alive. I am happy to have finally finished the book and I know they would be proud of me."

The book will be launched in Ireland to coincide with the start of this year’s matchmaking festival and copies will be available in the Ennis Bookshop and on Amazon. Jane added: "I am also trying to get some exposure with some directors to see if they are interested in possibly making a film about it. If you are going to dream it might as well be big right? I am also going to contact some Irish directors."

The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival kicks off on the 1st September and will be launched by Country music star Nathan Carter and Derek

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Jane Kiley lives in California, with her husband and three daugthers.

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