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to Ireland’s Own.
This week’s cover story is ‘Angel, Devil, Princess’. Tom McParland looks at the lives and careers of three Irish film stars – Maureen O’Sullivan, Maureen O’Hara and Grace Kelly – who blazed a Hollywood trail for those that followed.
In our ‘Islands of Ireland’ series, this week David Mullen explores Lambay, the mysterious island off County Dublin. Jonathan A. Smyth tells the story of Cavan-born John Lynch, who is believed to have killed 10 people in the Berrima area of New South Wales from 1835 to 1841, making him Australia’s most prolific individual serial killer.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath presents ‘Fireside Fusilier’ – The War Memoir of Lord Clonmore, later the 8th Earl of Wicklow. John Corbett recalls the life and career of the Kinvara poet and songwriter, Francis Fahy, who never lost his love for Ireland, though spending most of his adult life in England.
In Katherine Edelman – The Palace Poet, Paddy Ryan profiles the Tipperary poet who captured the essence and beauty of rural Ireland in her work, while Bertha von Suttner, the Austrian Peace Activist and Writer is profiled by Ita Marguet.
Our original short story is ‘A Dark Secret’, by Paula Williams. In his ‘Wonders of the World’s Museums’ series, Cathal Coyle features ‘The Gutenberg Bible’, at The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Eamonn Duggan continues with ‘The Witness Statements’, looking at the War of Independence in Tipperary. Our classic TV show is Northern Exposure, and classic film, Yankee Doodle Dandy.
In her Castles of Ireland Series, Gemma Grant takes a trip to Enniscorthy. In ‘Pete’s Pets’ our resident vet writes that science has proven that fish can feel pain.
Also inside are regular favourites Cassidy Says, Dan Conway’s Corner, Just A Memory, Stranger Than Fiction, Irish Islands, jokes, songs, and much much more. Enjoy the read, stay safe and I will look forward to chatting to you all again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own