Editor's Welcome

Hello and welcome
to this week’s Ireland’s Own

In many of our kitchens you will find a radio on the shelves, or dressers, or window sills, and over time the voices that project loud and clear through those speakers have become comforting parts of our lives. In this week’s cover story Maxi charts the history of local radio and gets to the bottom of why it is so important in our communities. We also chat to some of the recognisable voices, and faces, that discuss local issues on their radio programmes and get their views on why local radio is so popular in Ireland. And sixty years since it first broadcasted from the sea-waves, Eamon O Buadhacháin tells the story of Radio Caroline. What exciting radio days they were. 

Patricia Collinge was a distinguished actress of the US stage. She made her London debut at age ten and was performing on Broadway by the time she was 14. Primarily a character actress, she also played leading roles, and won considerable acclaim for her heartfelt, nuanced acting, writes Ivor Casey on the fiftieth anniversary of her death.

In his Role of the Irish in WWII Series, Con McGrath tells the story of Irish Citizen Krystyna Szmidt, formerly Countess Skarbek of the Polish Resistanc, while Paddy Ryan visits the Titanic Centre, Belfast. Gemma Grant continues her Irish Myths and Legends series, this week featuring the tale of Angus Óg’s Herd of Swine and the Hunting Hounds of the Fianna (part two).

In The Ballad Sheet, Eugene Dunphy explores the origins of a Kerry gem, The Boys of Barr na Sráide. Rosa Fox takes a drive across the winding roads above Tallaght. This week’s original short story is Sarah’s Outing by Nuala Tierney.

Continuing his focus on Ireland’s long association with the United States of America, Eamonn Duggan turns his attention to three presidents whose parents, or at least one of them, were actually born in Ireland. This week the focus is on James Buchanan. In Max-Trax, meets with songwriter and member of Stockton’s Wing Mike Hanrahan. She asks him to choose the soundtrack to his life, and what memories they evoke.

Don’t miss our 12-page Owen’s Club section with more fun and games, features and fascinating facts for our younger readers.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside regular favourites Cassidy Says, Stranger Than Fiction, What’s In A Name?, Dan Conway, Pete’s Pets, Marjorie’s Kitchen, Song Words, Classic Films – The Last Picture Show, Reflective Perspective, Irish Folklore with Eugene Daly, Readers’ Memories, Classic US TV Favourites – The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., Waterways of Ireland – Grand Canal, Part 13, Lilt of Irish Laughter, Pen Friends, Irish Wildlife – Ants and much more.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s issue, and I will look forward to chatting to you all again next week. Until then, take care.

Best wishes, Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

Inside this week's issue