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Keelin Shanley's memoir to be published posthumously

The RTÉ journalist died in February following a two-year battle with cancer.

Gill Books have announced that they will publish Keelin Shanley's memoir posthumously.

The RTÉ journalist died in February following a two-year battle with cancer.

A Light That Never Goes Out was written by the Six One news anchor in the final months of her life, with the final chapter of the book penned by her husband, Conor Ferguson.

Commissioning Editor of the book Deirdre Nolan said the memoir is a rare insight into the thoughts and feelings of someone who is facing death.

"Despite the gravity of the situation she was facing, through her writing, Keelin has managed to capture the fleeting beauty of life in a way that is awe-inspiring and ultimately uplifting."

The book maps the twists and turns of her remarkable career as an investigative journalist as well as her lengthy battle with cancer.

"'A Light That Never Goes Out' reveals with real honesty what it’s like to keep living life and having a career – right up to Keelin becoming a co-anchor of RTÉ’s Six One News – while dealing with the challenges of cancer treatment."

The title of the book is a play on a famous song 'There is a Light That Never Goes Out', by 80's indie band The Smiths. The band were one of Keelin's favourite musical groups when she first met her husband.

Husband Conor said that Keelin has left behind a legacy.

"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," he said.

"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 available from October 2nd.

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