Sean Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Hello and welcome once again to Ireland’s Own. Here in Ireland we are spoilt by lush countryside and in this week’s issue we pay special tribute to the trees of Ireland, coinciding with National Tree Week. Eileen Casey writes about the fascination that forests and trees have had for mankind down through the centuries. Mattie Lennon remembers his friend and poet and unique character, Paddy Finnegan. Paul Swift profiles the River Barrow in his Irish rivers series; Eugene Daly takes a look at the religious tradition of Lent; Noel Murphy pays tribute to the rugby great, Noel Murphy, and there is much more to enjoy too. Cassidy welcomes “spring” and Jim Rees sets out to explain the concept of the “Ides of March”. Your regular favourites are in there too including Dan Conway, Pete the Vet and chef Marjorie is cooking traditional Irish boxty – trust me, if that doesn’t make your mouth water, nothing will! There are puzzles and teasers for you to enjoy as well and lots of jokes and songs to entertain you. Many of you will be glad to see the stretch in the evenings, and I must say it is great to be able to get out for a nice brisk walk after a day in the office. And what better way to unwind when the day is done than with a read of Ireland’s Own. All the best and I look forward to catching up with you next week, all being well.