Donegal woman Margaret Gordon is celebrating the launch of her new short story book – The Fairies of Drumboe Woods.Inspired by folklore and her local area, the story is a precious tale of mystery and magic.The main character is Grace, an inquisitive child who sets out to investigate the appearance of fairy doors in her local woodland of Drumboe, which is familiar to many in the Twin Towns. Inspiration for Margaret’s story was never too far from home, she said: “Fairy doors really did appear in Drumboe Woods in 2018, and have had a positive impact on the lives of children and their families.“I walk in the woods most days and have observed children pull their parents around the paths of Drumboe Woods, like they are all on a treasure hunt. They count the doors, check out the jewels and colours, and I have no doubt, imagine what the fairies are like, behind the doors.” As a retired social worker, Margaret has a keen interest in the parent-child relationship and the importance of family. She has brought her own experience of being a mum and working with children into the book to celebrate family bonds.Margaret said: “We often take for granted the relationships we have with parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. But these relationships give us a sense of who we are, where we fit into families and communities, giving us a sense of belonging.“In The Fairies of Drumboe Woods, Grace looks to her mother and grandfather for historical information about Drumboe Woods. Sometimes we take for granted the wealth of information and knowledge the generations before us, have to share.”Margaret is from a family of 10 children and loved to escape into a good book as a child. Now, she still celebrates the power of reading:“As a parent, I read books with my child long before he was able to appreciate the stories. I’ve long believed that spending time reading with children, forms and strengthens a close bond, fostering a love of words, a love of stories and imaginative play. These qualities surely enhance the experience of unexpected surprises, like the mysterious appearance of the fairy doors in Drumboe Woods,” she said.The Fairies of Drumboe Woods IllustrationThe Fairies of Drumboe Woods is a fictional story about a mysterious presence, but people in Ireland have long-believed in the supernatural creatures.Margaret said: “In Ireland, there is a longstanding history of the presence of fairies in our folklore. Fairy forts and fairy rings still exist today. While most people do not believe in fairies, there are innumerable examples of construction companies deliberately avoiding fairy forts and rings. Even in the 21st century, it is quite likely that they would go around a fairy ring or fort, rather than dig it up.” Could fairies really live in Drumboe Woods? You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out.The Fairies of Drumboe Woods is on sale now online and in Eason’s Letterkenny, The Book Centre in Ballybofey and The Four Masters Bookshop in Donegal Town.Donegal woman captures imaginations with fantastical book was last modified: April 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookfairies of drumboe woodsfinn valleymargaret gordontwin towns
Namibia’s deserts are rich in supplies of uranium, which are drawing increased foreign interest, especially from Russia. Uranium is used to produce nuclear fuel, which is a carbon-neutral source of energy. Yellowcake is a concentrated mixture of uranium oxides that is further refined to extract pure uranium. (Images: Wikimedia Commons)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialLucrative uranium deposits in Namibia’s deserts, which could make the Southern African country a top producer of the radioactive element, are drawing increasing foreign interest. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit the nation this week to revive cooperation in uranium mining and energy production.Uranium is used to produce nuclear fuel, which is a carbon-neutral source of electrical energy.Although Russia has shown interest in Namibia’s uranium resources since 2007, “nothing has happened” since then, said Robin Sherbourne, group economist for South Africa’s Nedbank in Windhoek, Namibia. “We’ll see what happens this time.”Renewed global interestUranium exploration projects are spreading across Namibia, which aims to benefit from renewed global interest in nuclear power with its large uranium deposits, currently only mined at two locations in the country.The main mine, Rossing, 65km inland from the seaside town of Swakopmund, runs 5km long and 350m deep. It’s thought to be the world’s fifth largest primary uranium mine and its reserves are estimated to last until 2020, if production continues at the current below-capacity levels.The majority of Rossing is owned by Australian mining giant Rio Tinto with a 68.6% stake. Iran (15%), South Africa (10%) and Namibia (3%) also have shares in the operation.Rossing was threatened with closure in 2003 when uranium prices plunged as the global supply was inflated by enriched nuclear fuel from the former Soviet Union. Fears of climate change have, however, renewed the search for carbon-neutral energy, thus pushing uranium prices up again.In 2006 Rossing announced a US$112-million (R902.4-million) expansion drive, which, together with the Langer Heinrich mine, 50km southeast of Rossing, has propelled Namibia to the top ranks of global producers, behind only Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia. The country now accounts for 10% of the world’s production.Langer Heinrich is estimated to have a reserve base of 24.5-million tons of uranium, making it productive for 27 years with the potential for expansion of the reserves and mine life given the favourable surrounding geology. It is owned by Australia’s Paladin Resources.New development aheadSome 35km north of Rossing is Trekkopje, which is owned by French group Areva. The $750-million (R6-billion) project will have a shallow open-pit mine, as 80% of the uranium ore is less than 15m deep there. Production is expected to begin by the end of 2009.With this development, “Namibia could increase its production to 42-million pounds [about 19 051 tons] within five years, which could make us number one”, Sherbourne said.But to achieve this, Namibia must first tackle two major obstacles: the desert has no water needed to control the dust and radiation from the uranium mines and the country lacks enough energy to power its projects.Possible solutions include the building of a desalination plant on the Atlantic coast, so ample supplies of seawater can be converted to a useable medium for the mines. The Namibian government is also considering new coal- or gas-fired plants and has committed to a policy of supplying its own electricity from nuclear power by 2018.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesRecord price for SA diamondSA delves into carbon storageUranium – the new gold? Useful linksEarthTimesAllAfrica.comThe Namibian
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