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Spotlight on Emer Connolly
 
 
 
I HAVE always had an interest in teaching and took my Masters in Journalism at NUI Galway, with a view to lecturing in this area. Given that I work in the mid-west, as crime correspondent with The Clare People newspaper,
 
I was delighted when the opportunity came up to teach part-time at Mary Immaculate College. It has allowed me to combine my interests in journalism and teaching.

 

My experience so far has been fantastic. Journalism is an interesting subject to teach and both staff and students at Mary Immaculate College have great enthusiasm. My aim is to ensure that there is a strong emphasis on news and current affairs and on the practical side of journalism. I encourage students to be aware of what is happening in the news on a regular basis.

 

Writing a book is something I have been interested in for some time and when the ‘Lying Eyes’ trial took place earlier this year, I felt this was the opportunity to put pen to paper. I covered the case from the initial investigation in 2006 and followed it through to the end. The public appetite for the story and the depth of detail behind it prompted me to write the book. The book is non-fiction and was written from a factual point of view, featuring details of the trial, investigation and background information on those involved in the bizarre plot.

 

I thoroughly enjoy being a journalist in the mid-west. The area is a hive of activity with a wide variety of news on a daily basis, which ensures there is never a dull moment. I am very happy to be afforded the opportunity to teach in the area of journalism, given that it is such an interesting and diverse area.

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