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Shannon priest launches creative writing competition

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SHANNON Parish Priest Fr. Arnie Rosney has launched an initiative to encourage creativity for those spending more time at home these weeks.

He is inviting people to compose a prayer, a reflection, a short story or a poem that reflects the need to pray for protection for ourselves and those we love at this time.

“With so many people spending so much more time at home these days, I thought that it might be a good idea to ask them to explore their creative side.” said Fr. Arnie, launching the initiative.

“Creative writing can be very therapeutic and calming and I am inviting people to connect the emotions they are experiencing these days with their faith and find new ways of expressing the desires of their hearts”

Fr. Arnie is giving people as much freedom for their creativity as possible. There is no age restriction or word limit for the competition. It is open to everybody.

He is offering two prizes of €50 book tokens in each category – Prayer, Poem, Short Story, Reflection.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 12noon on the 19th April 2020

Entries may be submitted by email to: or by post to Fr Arnold Rosney PP VF, Parish Office, Shannon Parish, Co. Clare.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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