CLARE news stories selected from The Clare Champion feature as part of a new book of best headlines and stories from Ireland’s local newspapers, written by journalist, Ronan Casey.
Medium Sized Town, Fairly Big Story features the best, unique and most hilarious stories from Ireland’s local newspapers. Each week, Ronan Casey reads through every local newspaper in Ireland and carefully chooses the stories that have hit the headlines in the towns and villages the length and breadth of the country for his local news slot on TV3’s Ireland AM.
The best of those headlines and stories has been gathered together in a his new book, published this week by Gill & Macmillan.
Among the County Clare stories that captured the writer’s imagination were Clare Champion articles entitled, Clare Litter Louts To Be Attacked With Drones?, Council Cannot Think Of Anything and Exercise Can Get Your Goat, among others.
Medium Sized Town, Fairly Big Story started out with Ronan and Hector Ó hEochagáin on 2FM’s Breakfast Show, before moving to Ireland AM.
Hector describes the book as a “window on the real soul of Ireland, a snapshot of the way we were, the way we are and, hopefully, the way we’ll always will be”.
Currently a fixture on TV3’s Ireland AM show, Ronan Casey brings the most ludicrous stories from Ireland’s local newspapers to air every week. As a journalist, he has written for many newspapers, including The Irish Independent, The Irish Times and The Star, and he spent over a decade with the Westmeath Examiner/Celtic MediaGroup.
He is also the author of a critically-acclaimed, bestselling biography of the late Joe Dolan for Penguin Ireland in 2008. He lives in Mullingar with his wife and two children.