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Shannon novelist on the scene of the crime

CERTAIN unsolved crimes echo in Ireland’s consciousness over decades, with names like Philip Cairns, Raonaid Murray and Trevor Deely still recognisable long after their deaths or disappearances. What happens when a crime goes unsolved for far too long is the theme of Rachael English’s new novel, The Night of the Party, set in Clare during the heavy snow of 1982. In her fictional village of Kilmitten, parish priest Fr Galvin is killed, and the crime remains still unsolved a generation later. “Even though it starts with a crime, I wouldn’t really call it a crime novel. You could probably call it a mystery in the old-fashioned way. It’s not a modern thriller, with fingerprints and DNA and serial killers,” says the author and RTÉ presenter, who hails from Shannon. The story shows how being close to a terrible event, but not talking about it, can reverberate through a life, with one of the main characters carrying a dark secret from …

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The story of Ireland’s First takes flight

Mayo man Nigel Beers-Smith took up residence at Mountshannon Harbour six months ago when he decided to embark on Ireland’s First, a story of the first pair of white tailed sea eagles to have successfully bred in Ireland for over 100 years.

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Better ebook availability

THE decision by the European Commission to prioritise the availability of ebooks is a positive step for people with visual disabilities according to Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality Martin Conway.

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East Clare author casts off for first book

East Clare resident and boat enthusiast Nicki Griffin will launch a craft of a different kind next week when she launches her first book documenting 10 years on Irish waters.

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Write way to solve the economic crisis

Ennis resident and Rwandan native André Hakizimana, an economics masters graduate, has recently launched a new book charting a different take on Ireland’s economic downturn and what he feels can turn it around.

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Exploring the War’s other side

TUMULTUOS events in the early part of the last century are the backdrop for (pictured) PJ Curtis’ new novel A Nightingale Falling.

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Plans already underway for 2014 Doolin Writers’ Weekend

THE Doolin Writers’ Weekend will take place again next year, it has been announced.

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Local libraries expand their language profile

CLARE’S library services have moved to offer literature in different languages over the last few years, due to the changes in the Banner’s demographics, and they say that the numbers of books being borrowed in languages other than English is remaining stable.

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