Hello, and welcome to this year’s Winning Writers Annual. We had a huge response to the 2015 competition, with over 500 entries, and we are delighted to publish the overall winners of the three sections in this year’s Annual. We also feature Star of the Sea author, Joseph O’Connor, who tells Thomas Myler about his love for writing, and imparts some advice for aspiring scribes. Also this week, Seán Ua Cearnaigh recalls Wolfe Tone’s ‘Forgotten Song’; Aideen Dunne gives some familial insight into the life of her grandfather, The O’Rahilly, who played such a prominent role in 1916; Seán Hall takes a look at the history of Dublin’s famous Synge Street school; Eric Hills profiles ten famous film directors with Irish roots and Seán Creedon shares memories of the Irish players who took part in FA Cup Finals down the years. We have all this for you to enjoy alongside the your monthly regulars including Cassidy, Dan Conway, Miss Flanagan, your monthly sports and health columns, jokes, songs, a €400 Word Puzzle and much more. On another special note, I would like to welcome back ‘Kitty The Hare’. We have been inundated with requests over the last while to resurrect the stories of Ireland’s famous travelling lady, and she is back with a story about The Haunted Quarry. I hope you enjoy the Annual, and I look forward to chatting to you all next week. Until then, mind yourselves. .
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own