Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own. Someone asked me recently what I felt the greatest invention was, and while I couldn’t answer definitively, I had to admit that the motor car was close to the top of tree. In this week’s magazine, Colm Power looks at the history of travel and transport in Ireland, from shank’s mare to motor power – all which features in a new book called Putting Ireland on Four Wheels. It is a good read, not just for motoring enthusiasts, but for anyone who has ever travelled from A to B, and wished they could have got there quicker. Also this week we feature the explorer Daniel Haughton; Kenneth Knight takes a trip to the majestic Botanical Gardens in Dublin; Patrick Rowan recalls the life of Oliver St. John Gogarty who is immortalised as Buck Mulligan in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Many of your regular weekly favourites are inside too, including Cassidy, Dan Conway, The Mineral Bar, songs, jokes, puzzles, our series on rivers, Pete’s Pets, Marjorie’s Kitchen and much more. And our classic film is the 1962 chiller ‘Cape Fear’ starring Robert Mitchum. Enjoy the read, take care, and I’ll be in touch next week when we have a very special treat for fans of Country & Irish music (think wagon wheels, and you’ll be on the right track…).
Sean Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own