Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own.
We are delighted to feature Ronan Collins as our cover story this week. Having recovered from his recent health scare, Ronan is back feeling fit and well and has taken to the road again with his Reeling in the Showband Years tour. The popular Radio One presenter and accomplished musician talks to Kay Doyle.
Denis Jordan has an interesting story for us on the writer, Seán O’Casey, and his take on the ‘Battersea Snobs’. The Days of the Ballad Makers are recalled by Bill McStay.
Edward Walsh, the erudite Irish scholar is remembered by Anthony Edward Dundon. Anthony writes on the life and work of the Cork author, poet and composer, who left us the classic Fáinne Geal An Lae – or The Dawning of the Day.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath profiles Major-General Sir Percy Hobart, the tanks genius who had Tyrone roots. Eamonn Duggan delves into submissions made to the Bureau of Military History to gain an insight into Ireland’s revolutionary era as he sifts through the ‘Witness Statements’.
We have more tips in the garden from our resident gardening expert, Aileen Atcheson. Jim Rees examines the extraordinary lengths people went to so as to be eligible for the new State pension when it was introduced in Ireland.
Patricia Jenkins continues her look at native Irish dog breeds, this week it’s the Irish Red Setter, and in his ‘Hollywood’s Take on Three WW2 Bridges’ piece, Anthony Costelloe looks at how Hollywood depicted three major incidents of WW2.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your regular Ireland’s Own favourites. Enjoy the read and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Lots of Christmas favourites to sing along to as well as the best of Irish for the month of December.