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Return to Coolavella   by Beatrice Aird-O’Hanlon


Delgany resident pens Hospital romance

Wicklow resident Beatnce Aird O'Hanlon recently hosted the local launch of her romance novel. 'Return to Coolavella' in her home in Delgany.

'Return to Coolavella' is Beatrice's first novel. She describes it as a romance of heartache, loss and bitter-sweet love. She states, "The novel has all Ihe drama of hospital life, the wild racy world of the track, the turbulence of war-torn Angola and the calm but treacherous seas beyond Lambay Island." The novel follows the fortunes in love of a young student nurse, a doctor and a horse trainer. Beatrice is certainly well-qualified to write on hospital drama as she is a qualified nurse and mid-wife, although she currently works in clinical research.

Beatrice decided to write the novel because she fell Ihat no novel had been written about hospital life from an lrish perspective. The response to the novel has been very good. Friends are already hounding Beatrice for a sequel and some have suggested that the story-line could make an excellent film script.


Pictured is Greystones Author Beatrice Aird O'Hanlon at the launch of her Book 'Return to Coolavella' with her daughter Aideen Twamley, and grand-daughter Julia, husband Michael O'Hanlon (who designed the cover photograph for the book) and best friend Colette Hamilton.

Article and photo courtesy of the Wicklow Times

Plenty of drama in debut
novel by Delgany author

A DUBLIN hospital in the 1970's may seem an unlikely setting for a romance novel, but Delgany-based author Beatrice Aird-O'Hanlon decided that the drama of hospital life was the perfect backdrop for her debut novel 'Return to Coolavella'.

This book will bring many people back to an era when Irish hospitals were run like military operations by the nuns, according to Beatrice. It also features a steamy love triangle between a student nurse, a doctor and a racehorse trainer.

It was while the former nurse and midwife was working from home in clinical research that she began to pen the novel, after friends urged her to record all their experiences at St. Vincent's Hospital.

After going hammer and tongs at the book for three months at the end of last year, Beatrice decided that the best way to spend her SSIA windfall would be to self-publish the book.

'My friends told me that if I didn't write it all down, our stories would be lost forever,' explains Beatrice. All the experiences are based on things that actually happened. but the characters and names are different."



Delgany-based author Beatrice Aird O'Hanlon and Michael O'Hanlon with Beatrice's debut novel 'Return to Coolavella'.

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