Hello and welcome to another issue of Ireland’s Own. We are well and truly into the new year at this stage, and the weather has become that little bit milder – a sign that spring is just around the corner, hopefully.
In this week’s issue, we are very pleased to feature the one and only Charlie Landsborough. Charlie took the Irish music charts by storm a little over twenty years ago with his lovely songs What Colour is the Wind and Forever Friend. He shares his fascinating life story with us.
Also this week, Peter Smith profiles Fr. Francis Kelley, the Irish-American priest who introduced the concept of a chapel on wheels to reach his flock in the frontier territory of the Wild West, while Mary Sheerin continues her series marking the 90th anniversary of Ireland’s broadcasting service.
Martyn Baguley traces the history and development of the Willow tree. John Roach, the poor emigrant from Cork who rose to become America’s most noted shipbuilder, is profiled by Joe Lonergan.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath recalls Lt. Colonel Patrick Cassidy, who distinguished himself with the 1st Airborne Division on D-Day, and John Corbett shares a selection of memories and events associated with the month of January.
Aileen Atcheson offers some more helpful seasonal advice to get the most from your garden, and Patrick P. Rowan profiles Fr. Eugene Sheehy – the Land League Priest. This fearless advocate for the National Land League, and vociferous campaigner for the rights of the small tenant farmer, he writes.
In our book club, the book under review this month is Stupid White Men by Michael Moore, while Leonard Hurley recalls the war-time sinking of the German ocean liner, mv Wilhelm Gustav, by a Soviet submarine with the loss of 9,343 people, about 5,000 of them children.
Our resident historian, Eamonn Duggan, continues his look at Ireland in 1917 and this week he looks at the life of Harold Sloan – Corinthian Footballer and Brave Soldier. Sloan, who won eight full international caps, represented Bohemians in the Irish League and had the distinction of scoring the first ever goal at Dalymount Park. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and was killed in action in France on 21 January, 1917.
Read all these great stories alongside your weekly favourites including Miss Flanagan, Pete’s Pets, Cassidy Says, Marjorie’s Kitchen, Pen Pals, jokes, songs, puzzles and much much more. Enjoy the read, stay safe, and I look forward to chatting to you next week.
Take good care,
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Streets of New York I was eighteen years old, when I went down to Dublin, with a fist full of money and a cartload of dreams, Take your time said me father, stop rushing like hell, and remember all is not what it seems to be, For there’s fellas would cut ye for the coat on yer back, or the watch that ye got from yer mother, So take care me young buck-o and mind yourself well, and will ye give this wee note to me brother.. Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own