Before her passing in February, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley was writing a memoir, ‘A Light That Never Goes Out’ (above) which will be published in October.
Ellen Monnelly at Gill Books writes:
‘In the introduction to the book, Keelin writes of her thoughts as she came to terms with her diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer, aged just 51:
“I realised that I am still Keelin Shanley: I still am that person, in spite of everything. In spite of the wig, the scarves, the IV lines, the tests, mum, wife, news presenter, daughter, sister, stepdaughter – I am all of those things. And that’s why I decided to write this book: to remind me of who I am, and to leave those who love me something to hold on to.”
The title of the book is a play on the song, ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ by The Smiths, one of her favourite bands when she first met her husband, filmmaker Conor Ferguson.
Conor, who completed the last chapter of the book after Keelin passed away, said,
‘Keelin lived such an extraordinary life, she has left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. Keelin wasn’t prone to nostalgia, she was upfront and a “doer” from the very beginning. She always grabbed life by the reins and, as a result, didn’t have many regrets.
Though we miss her every day and remember her in every moment, we hope that her remarkable story will inspire people to live life to the full and put the best foot forward, no matter what obstacles life presents.”
A Light That Never Goes Out will be published by Gill Books on October 2 at €19.99.