Editor's welcome

Editor Sean Nolan

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

Our cover story features the beautiful and tranquil ‘Our Lady’s Island’ in south County Wexford. The tiny island has been a place of pilgrimage for at least a thousand years and up to fifty thousand people still visit it every year. Paula Redmond tells us more.
GK Chesterton, the creator of ‘Father Brown’ is profiled by Helen Morgan. In Miss Flanagan Investigates, our resident sleuth tackles ‘An Aerial Case’. The Benford detective is called into action when an elderly resident is robbed.

In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath brings you part two of the story of Eddie Spence, the Royal Marine who took part in the Normandy Landings.

Jim Rees profiles the American motion-picture director, writer, and actor, John Huston, whose taut dramas were among the most popular Hollywood films from the early 1940s to the mid-1980s.

Mary Sheerin continues her Presidents of Ireland – 80th Anniversary series. This week she features Dr. Patrick Hillery, the 6th President of Ireland.

In her occasional series on Irish horse and pony breeds, Patricia M. Jenkins takes a look at the Irish Thoroughbred. This week’s original short story is ‘Stormy Weather’ by Wyn Cave.

The Witness Statements continue with Tadhg Kennedy – Proud Kerryman and Active Republican. Eamonn Duggan delivers part two of the account of events in Kerry from the Easter Rising to the War of Independence.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Pete’s Pets, Cassidy Says, Stranger Than Fiction, What’s in a Name?, songs, jokes, puzzles, competitions, recipes and much much more for you to get your teeth into. Enjoy the read and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week. Until then, take good care of yourselves.

                                                                                                              Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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By Joe Dunphy We often talk of the pursuit of pleasure. We say things like ‘Have a good day’, or ‘Let’s have a night on...

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My late uncle, Peter Reid, always decorated a May Bush that grew, indeed flourished, on the hedgerow opposite his front gate. The bush stood,...

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Liam Power takes a trip down memory lane incorporating the songs of ABBA in a tall tale    

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Our Lady’s Island has been a place of pilgrimage for at least a thousand years. In the 6th century, St Abban is believed to have...

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By Calvin Jones Although often overlooked because of its small size the zebra spider’s attractive black and white livery and its lively antics mean that...

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JIM REES profiles the American motion-picture director, writer, and actor whose taut dramas were among the most popular Hollywood films from the early 1940s...

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Lots of St. Patrick’s Day favourites to sing along to as well as the best of Irish for the month of March.

Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own

Something for everyone