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Our Story by The Rossport 5 book tour

Our Story by The Rossport 5
published on January 4.For the first time the Rossport Five talk directly about their experiences confronting the might of Shell Oil.There are vivid descriptions of the sense of siege felt in the small village of Rossport as the enormous Corrib gas project was being prepared and developed. The men and their wives describe their frantic efforts to prevent Shell entering their lands.In moving language, they detail their isolation and fear as Shell applied concerted pressure on them to consent to their project. This culminated in Shell's decision to seek to commit the men to prison indefinitely.The book provides vivid first-time accounts of their prison experiences, how these ordinary citizens endured the efforts by the State and the multinational to force them to abandon their opposition.The men outline the wave of support which reached them in prison and made them more steadfast in their determination to defend the health and safety of their families and communities.Finally, they describe how these experiences have affected them personally. This dramatic account offers a series of telling insights into contemporary Ireland.In his introduction to the book, Mark Garavan makes this observation. "I believe that the authentic voice of the Rossport Five heard in this book will stir the conscience of all who read it. Their story is presented so that others may have hope that they too can shape the world in which they live."Compiled by Mark Garavan, a lecturer in sociology at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Castlebar, Co Mayo, and a spokeperson for the Shell-to-Sea campaign, Our Story ­ the Rossport 5has beene published nationwide by Small World Media on Thursday, January 4, 2007.Anyone who wants to purchase copies please contact Robert Allen at 087 955 1504 or email smallworldeditorial@googlemail.comThe book will be distributed throughout Ireland and will be available in all independent bookstores, and selected outlets.

Posted Date: 
3 February 2007 - 10:28pm