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RTÉ journalist publishes debut novel

SHANNON’S Rachael English has been on RTÉ Radio for more than 20 years and she has just published her first novel, Going Back.It tells the story of Elizabeth Kelly and her young friends, who spend the summer of 1988 in Boston and then revisits them in an Ireland once again in deep recession.Speaking about the plot to The Clare Champion this week, the Morning Ireland presenter said, “There’s a brief bit at the start in the present day but mainly the first half of the book is set in the summer of 1988. Then the second half of the book is set in the present day, between the end of 2010 and early 2012.“The first half of the book is about one particular summer and the second half, more than 20 years later, catches up with the people whose stories were told in the first part of the book. Some of the consequences or decisions they made back in ’88 …

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Parish mission shares the good news

PARISH priest Fr Tom Ryan has said the recent parish mission was a celebration of the parish’s faith.“Our parish mission was a time of renewal in exploring our lives through our theme of ‘Share the Good News’ and a true celebration of our parish’s faith. “It was an invitation to everyone to come, no matter whether you are a regular and active participant in the parish, someone who comes occasionally or had drifted away from the Church, to develop a deeper individual relationship with Jesus Christ. They came in their hundreds every day.“We were delighted to welcome our mission team, which was led by Sr Briege McKenna OSC in her only parish mission in Ireland this year and it also included Frs Kevin Scanlon (Dublin), Vincent Sherlock (Mayo) and Noel Kirwan (Limerick). Each one brought their own unique style of communication to each day of the mission.”After each morning session, there was a cup of tea or coffee available in …

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Call for replacement tree programme

CHOPPING down approximately 150 trees around Shannon has left a sour taste with many locals and several members of the town council called for a replacement programme this week.At Tuesday’s town council meeting Independents Patricia McCarthy and Gerry Flynn both put down motions calling for a replacement programme to be arranged.In a report to the meeting, senior executive engineer Eugene O’Shea defended the decisions taken regarding the removal of trees and he also acknowledged the need for a replanting programme. However, he indicated it is still months away and would be done in phases.“The council is very conscious of the importance of trees from environmental, amenity and visual aspects. We are also very mindful of the high value placed on these resources by the Shannon community. As such, the felling that has taken place has been carefully considered and planned to ensure that only those trees that required removal in the interest of public health and safety, which must always …

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Children of the recession set to sit exams

WITHIN weeks, pupils who completed all their secondary education during recession will sit the Leaving Cert.Ciara Guinan and Meadhbh Halton of St Patrick’s Comprehensive and Aislinn Keogh and Gearóid McMahon of St Caimin’s Community School are among the tens of thousands who are going through this rite of passage.Three of the four started secondary school in September of 2008, just weeks before the ruinous bank guarantee, while another had just one year of second level done at that stage.All four are planning to go on to third level and with finances under strain, they are conscious of the cost of further education. The money Gearóid earned last summer, cutting silage and working for a builder, has been left largely intact and set aside for his education, while Meadhbh says she is thinking about taking a year off to work, before going on to further study.Gearóid hopes to study engineering at UL and after speaking to people working in the field, …

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