Actress Fionnula Flanagan chats to Ireland's Own
History of the Curraghgour Boat Club
Ireland's Favourite Cars - Bubble Cars
Lee Van Cleef - the ultimate screen villain?
More animal advice in Pete's Pets
Editors Welcome

Hello and welcome
to Ireland’s Own.

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Ireland’s Own.

In our cover story this week we are pleased to feature Fionnula Flanagan. The internationally acclaimed actress regularly returns to her home in Ireland and proudly espouses things Irish including her native language. David Flynn caught up with her for a chat.

Francis MacManus, the Irish novelist and broadcaster is remembered by Gerry Moran, while Paddy Ryan profiles Mary Delaney, the woman who invented collage.

The Curraghgour Boat Club, which was established in 1877, and overlooks the Shannon, was once known as a port to the Viking, writes Maureen Sparling. Was Lee Van Cleef ‘Hollywood’s perfect villian’ asks Anthony Costelloe.

In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series Con McGrath brings us the eyewitness account of journalist J. J. Kelly on the last night of the Belfast Blitz, and in ‘Ireland’s Favourite Cars’ we feature ‘Bubble Cars’. Remember them? David Mullen slides open the canopy on a weird and short-lived automotive craze of the 50s.

Our Castles of Ireland series continues and this week Gemma Grant is off to Enniskillen Castle, Co. Fermanagh. Catherine Geraghty profiles Eileen O’Connor, the Irish-Australian lady who is on the path to Sainthood.

This week’s original short story is ‘Decision Time’ by Geraldine Mills, while in our Wonders of the World’s Museums, Cathal Coyle features the’ Oseberg Ship’, Viking Ship Museum, Museum of Cultural History, in Oslo.

Who Was Oskar Metzke? Pat Poland recalls the day in 1942 when a handsome stranger walked into the lives of the community in Castletownroche, Co. Cork.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy Says, Dan Conway, Stranger Than Fiction, Pete’s Pets, Catch the Criminal, pen pals, jokes, songs, puzzles and much much more.

Enjoy the read, keep well, and I will look forward to talking to you again next week. Take care.


                                                                                                         Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

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