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Shannon native Rachael English, set her latest novel in the fictional village of Cloonevan, which she says is inspired by the town of Kilkee, in County Clare. The book tells the story of a journalist Jessie Daly who returns to Cloonevan and ends up helping a friend research famine times in the area. Rachael gives credit to the online resources of Clare Libraries for her research into the famine period in Clare which she conducted during lockdown.
Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society have published their 46th volume of The Other Clare with its usual distinctive cover drawing by Clarecastle artist Hilary Gilmore. Contents this year include contributions from Joe Power, Patricia Lysaght, John O’Brien, Brian Ó Dálaigh, Martin Breen and Ristéard Ua Cróinín, and many others.
A book about Garda Jack Marrinan who played a major role in the modernisation of the Gardaí. His colourful career included working on protection duty for WT Cosgrave and a dismissal for his role in the 1961 Garda protest. Historian of the Gardaí, Conor Brady, considered that Marrinan’s role in driving change in the force was more significant than any of the seven commissioners with whom he served.
Eddie Lenihan recalls the stories told to him by Jimmy Armstrong, a patient in Our Lady’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ennis. Eddie recorded Jimmy in the 1980s and noted that he knew every road, lake and hill in his locality intimately. Jimmy was a known teller of stories of all kinds and a selection of them are given in this book. Jimmy, a native of Quin, died in 1987 and this is a wonderful tribute by Eddie Lenihan to Jimmy’s storytelling skills.
This book tells the story of local charity Haven House which is now 30 years old. It records a community’s response to domestic abuse and the corresponding social and cultural changes during this period. The work has expanded with cutting-edge research by Haven Horizons on domestic abuse and the dismantling of the myths that surround it. The book celebrates a community’s positive impact on the lives of women and children but also reminds us that while much has been achieved, the work is not finished.