Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Ireland’s Own. We take a visit to Hook Head in County Wexford, home, allegedly, to the world’s oldest lighthouse. Monks lit a fire on a rock almost fifteen hundred years ago, and a beacon still shines from the same spot to this very day, writes Colm Lambert. Jim Rees looks at the background to – and privileges associated with – being a Freeman of Dublin and also gives a full listing of all the recipients of the honour. Bill McStay describes the genius of mathematician George Boole, forever associated with UCC. Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty, a book that changed people’s views, is profiled by John Mulally. Eamonn Duggan profiles the famous wordsmith, Patrick MacGill, from Glenties, Co. Donegal, whose story and role in WW1 is perhaps not as well known as it should be. Plus read the story of how Dubliner B.G. Fitzsimons survived a sea attack only to become a POW in World War II. We have all this for you to enjoy as well as a new short story, puzzles, jokes, songs, Pete’s Pets, Miss Flanagan, Cassidy Says, Dan Conway, readers’ memories, and much much more. Enjoy the read, and here’s hoping the rain passes soon and we get back to the mild autumn we had being enjoying up till now.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Old Claddagh Ring The old claddagh ring Sure it was my grandmother’s, She wore it a lifetime and gave it to me, All through the long years she wore it so proudly It was made where the Claddagh, Rolls down to the sea, What tales it could tell of trials and of hardships, And of grand happy days, When the whole world would sing, So away with your sorrow, ‘Twill bring love tomorrow, Sure everyone loves it the old claddagh ring. For more see this week’s Ireland’s Own