Editor's welcome

Editor Sean NolanHello and welcome this week’s Ireland’s Own. We have a special treat for all you history lovers this week, as Cian Manning takes us on a historical trip around Waterford City. From Viking settlement to Crystal City, Waterford can trace its history from Vikings through to Victorians and its story encompasses English Kings and Irish rebels, from religious scholars to soccer players, writes Cian.

Galway is this year’s European Capital of Culture, and Ita Marguet visits the City of the Tribes. ‘Marian’ was an influential voice in Irish radio, writes Brian McCabe as he reflects on the career of presenter Marian Finucane who died on 2nd of January.

The most spectacular victim of love: John Rutter Carden’s Abduction of Eleanor Arbuthnot. Victorian society was scandalised in 1854 when the most extraordinary romantic abduction of the century took place in Tipperary. Bernadette Lowry tells us a very interesting ‘love’ story.

Con McGrath continues his Role of the Irish in WW2 series and this week he writes about seaman Samuel Thompson of Co. Down, who was machine-gunned by a Nazis plane, whilst clinging to wreckage off the coast of Co. Waterford.

Our Ireland’s Favourite Cars series returns. David Mullen casts an eye over the mighty Mini’s big brother, the Austin/Morris 1100. In her Castles of Ireland series, Gemma Grant is off to Birr Castle, Co. Offaly.

In ‘Clairvoyant Arachinds’, Shane Cochrane spins the extraordinary tale of the spiders who could tell the future! This week’s original short story is The Love Letter, by Evan Raftery. And in the Wonders of the World’s Museums Series, Cathal Coyle visits the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy Says, Dan Conway’s Corner, Marjorie’s Kitchen, Just A Memory, Stranger Than Fiction, jokes, songs, puzzles, pen pals and much much more. Enjoy the read and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week.

                                                                                                         Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

 

Inside this week's issue

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Clairvoyant Arachnids. Shane Cochrane spins the extraordinary tale of the spiders who could tell the future! By Shane Cochrane In the run up to the 1916...

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Victorian society was scandalised in 1854 when the most extraordinary romantic abduction of the century took place in Tipperary. Forty-one year old John Rutter...

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Waterford is the oldest continuous urban settlement on the island of Ireland. Older than most European capital cities (except for London and Paris)...

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By Calvin Jones The jay is one of Ireland’s most striking birds with its brightly coloured pink, black, white and blue plumage. Although they are...

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David Mullen casts an eye over the mighty Mini’s big brother, the Austin/Morris 1100 There were many families, certainly, for whom the little Mini was...

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By Brian McCabe When I stood in our parish church in Kill, Co Kildare, last year at the funeral of the famous piper Liam Óg...

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