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Ireland's first dedicated bat hospital opens in Limerick

Bats have taken a lot of bad press this year. Despite this, Susan Kerwin, from Limerick, has created Ireland's first dedicated bat hospital. Susan opened the Bat Rehabilitation Ireland Centre in September, in answer to the growing number who are injured each year. It was during her fight against cervical cancer when treatment led to insomnia that her bat-watching days began. "Watching bats at night gave me a focus when I was suffering from both lack of sleep and mental health issues due to my battle with cancer," said the mum-of-two.

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