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When journalist Keelin Shanley passed away in February aged 51, it was hard to grasp that someone so filled with life was gone. But a light so bright never really goes out, especially since, in her last few months, Keelin wrote a fantastic record of her life. Charting the twists and turns of both a remarkable career as an investigative journalist and a lengthy battle with c When journalist Keelin Shanley passed away in February aged 51, it was hard to grasp that someone so filled with life was gone. But a light so bright never really goes out, especially since, in her last few months, Keelin wrote a fantastic record of her life. Charting the twists and turns of both a remarkable career as an investigative journalist and a lengthy battle with cancer, in A Light That Never Goes Out Keelin reveals with real honesty what it's like to keep living your life and career - right up to becoming a co-anchor of RT�'s Six One News - while dealing with the challenges of cancer treatment. Written with the help of Alison Walsh and completed posthumously by Keelin's husband Conor Ferguson, A Light That Never Goes Out is a remarkable story of courage and resilience and a memorable reflection on how to live well, no matter what you're facing.


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When journalist Keelin Shanley passed away in February aged 51, it was hard to grasp that someone so filled with life was gone. But a light so bright never really goes out, especially since, in her last few months, Keelin wrote a fantastic record of her life. Charting the twists and turns of both a remarkable career as an investigative journalist and a lengthy battle with c When journalist Keelin Shanley passed away in February aged 51, it was hard to grasp that someone so filled with life was gone. But a light so bright never really goes out, especially since, in her last few months, Keelin wrote a fantastic record of her life. Charting the twists and turns of both a remarkable career as an investigative journalist and a lengthy battle with cancer, in A Light That Never Goes Out Keelin reveals with real honesty what it's like to keep living your life and career - right up to becoming a co-anchor of RT�'s Six One News - while dealing with the challenges of cancer treatment. Written with the help of Alison Walsh and completed posthumously by Keelin's husband Conor Ferguson, A Light That Never Goes Out is a remarkable story of courage and resilience and a memorable reflection on how to live well, no matter what you're facing.

30 review for A Light That Never Goes Out: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aileen Hogan

    Emotional Emotional read you really feel like your with Keelin on her journey through her short life. God rest her now.

  2. 4 out of 5

    FH Linda

    A beautiful, heart-wrenching book. Keelin whisks you along on her trail-blazing journey through life and towards journey’s end. She will live on in the pages of this book and when they turn yellow from age, she will be triumphant. Vincero.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monica Quinlivan

    A truly lovely read. The spirit of Keelin shines through every page. Her pragmatic practical approach to her profession and then later her illness is to be greatly admired. Her sense of humour helped her face her challenges. She certainly was not defined by her cancer and lived life to the full. A good lesson in there for all of us!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Siobhain Bunni

    This was one of the most difficult books I think I've ever read. It it absolutely heartbreaking and so hard to follow her on her journey, knowing what was coming. As a TV personality, she was so familiar, I felt like I knew her. I found my self thinking about the times I had watched her without knowing she was sick. Imagining her coping with her illness. All the while life around her goes on, wondering how her husband and kids will cope when she's gone. Some have described it as uplifting. I didn This was one of the most difficult books I think I've ever read. It it absolutely heartbreaking and so hard to follow her on her journey, knowing what was coming. As a TV personality, she was so familiar, I felt like I knew her. I found my self thinking about the times I had watched her without knowing she was sick. Imagining her coping with her illness. All the while life around her goes on, wondering how her husband and kids will cope when she's gone. Some have described it as uplifting. I didn't find it so. One positive I did take from it is to be so thankful for the things she lamented most - Her Children, not being there to see how they will make their mark in life. If there is a lesson, it's to be thankful you're alive and live life to the full, don't take it for granted. Difficult and all as it is, this is a memoir that deserves to be read, to appreciate her as a member of an audience who never knew what was going on behind the screen.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    So very moving and honest. Such a lovely person and a huge loss, especially to her family. Just couldn’t put it down and as it’s New Years Eve today I needed to finish it and think of what she went through despite all the smiles on RTÉ news. May she rest in peace and her family cope with life after Keelin.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    A compelling, emotional and thought- provoking read. It is both heartbreaking and inspirational all at the same time. Found it difficult to put this book down, as each page provided new insights and I felt like I was embarking on the journey with Keelin; whether it was while she was reporting from the earthquake stricken Haiti, or receiving her cancer treatment at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. I have nothing but admiration for Keelin and her hugely successful career as a journalist with RTÉ, A compelling, emotional and thought- provoking read. It is both heartbreaking and inspirational all at the same time. Found it difficult to put this book down, as each page provided new insights and I felt like I was embarking on the journey with Keelin; whether it was while she was reporting from the earthquake stricken Haiti, or receiving her cancer treatment at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. I have nothing but admiration for Keelin and her hugely successful career as a journalist with RTÉ, as well as being a caring and devoted wife, mother, sister, auntie, colleague and friend. . An incredible role model for all budding journalists out there, or for anyone who is currently finding life to just be too much to deal with right now. This book reminded me of the importance of the simplicities of life, focusing on the people, places and passions that matter most to you. And quite simply, not taking anything for granted, although that can be difficult at times, in the chaos of everyday life. I gained even more of an appreciation for Keelin, after reading this book and I would recommend this book to anyone!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clazzzer C

    I’m so terribly upset after finishing Keelin Shanley’s book. I knew how it would end obviously, but only a heart of stone could be unaffected by the ending of such a wonderful life. She was a remarkable journalist, woman, mother, wife, daughter, friend, human. She left such a legacy, so much to be proud of. She risked so much for Irish TV viewers. She is a personality who won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Conor’s ending was a wonderful ending to her previous memoir. I hope he, Lucy & Ben are doing I’m so terribly upset after finishing Keelin Shanley’s book. I knew how it would end obviously, but only a heart of stone could be unaffected by the ending of such a wonderful life. She was a remarkable journalist, woman, mother, wife, daughter, friend, human. She left such a legacy, so much to be proud of. She risked so much for Irish TV viewers. She is a personality who won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Conor’s ending was a wonderful ending to her previous memoir. I hope he, Lucy & Ben are doing well. Keelin will always be by their side.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter Thew

    Keelin Shanley was one of Ireland's best TV investigative journalists. After two bouts of cancer, she died aged 51 in February 2020. Written in the final months of her life, this is a mixture of recollections of her earlier life and reflections on the battle with cancer that she eventually realises is only going to end one way. Moving and yet by no means morbid, this is highly recommended. Keelin Shanley was one of Ireland's best TV investigative journalists. After two bouts of cancer, she died aged 51 in February 2020. Written in the final months of her life, this is a mixture of recollections of her earlier life and reflections on the battle with cancer that she eventually realises is only going to end one way. Moving and yet by no means morbid, this is highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    At times I was so engrosed in the stories Keelin was telling of her times as a news correspondent, I almost forgot that this was not an autobiography of her life as a journalist but her letting go of life, a true professional to the end. So well written, and sadly an ending that we all wish never came true.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Such a strong lady and a wonderful book. May she rest in peace

  11. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Kirby

    Outstanding, heartbreaking, and inspirational.

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    Marita

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Maguire

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    Elaine Buckley

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    Clodagh Farrell

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    Ann Marie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Ryan

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    Jill Horan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marie Brogan

  20. 5 out of 5

    patricia joyce

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anita Schmied

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Gallagher

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    Natasha Bagnall

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tara McMahon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre Vaughan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clare Walsh

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norma O’Kelly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eva

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Flynn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Conor Reidy

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