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Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Eungella: Alleged domestic-related stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

Police say a man will face court today charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic-related stabbing earlier this year.

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Dying for the sins of others is one of Catholicism’s darkest obsessions. Father Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), pastor to his flock in rural Ireland, is taken aback when a penitent on the other side of the grille tells him of the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of a priest.

As retribution, he intends to kill Lavelle in a week’s time. Lavelle has recognised the voice of his would-be executioner and it is his acceptance of the situation and his preparation for that moment of truth on a windswept beach that propels the narrative.

It is a stern and laughless landscape in which writer-director John Michael McDonagh (responsible also for the screenplay of Ned Kelly – another martyr?) has set his drama. It seems isolated from the rest of the world, thus becoming a microcosm of western society in general, and its small coastal township is peopled by characters who, through their eccentricities, flaws and foibles, tend occasionally to have the story teetering on the borderline of TV’s Midsomer Murders – the local rent-boy (Owen Sharpe) is needlessly overdone. But the mystery of ‘who will it be?’ keeps you entwined, as does Lavelle’s spiritual journey as his faith is tested to near breaking point. Building with McDonagh on what they achieved together in The Guard, it is a fabulous performance from Gleeson. Deeply layered and robust, he nonetheless portrays a man who, you suspect, might be about to crack like an eggshell.

The question of how any person, least of all one declaring to have a vocation, could sustain his integrity and maintain an allegiance to an organisation – the church – that has been so thoroughly and publicly discredited in recent times for turning a blind eye.

 

 


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Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

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Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

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