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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean Nolan 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.

 Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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By Breda Joy Kerry-based journalists, including myself, were occasionally tasked with ringing John B Keane’s bar in Listowel to get a quote or comment from...

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By Paul Craven John Mallon was born on the 10th of May 1839, near Meigh, a small village in the Parish of Killeavy, County Armagh....

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It’s a fresh September morning as I sit in the garden area of a well-frequented Greystones cafe. The man sitting opposite me seems to...

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By Phil Chambers The only items remaining in the sitting room were an old armchair, a couch and a sideboard. Everything else that had made...

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By Tom Nestor We were amongst that class of people, especially rural people, who ate dinner around one o’clock in the day. It was firmly...

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Donegal native Shelia McClay has put together a captivating new book on the stories and characters of Glengad, ten miles from Malin Head and...

Also this week

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


Something for everyone

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