Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own. This week’s cover feature tells the story of ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan. The Flying Irishman Douglas Corrigan took off from Brooklyn on a non-stop solo flight to Los Angeles and landed his improbable airplane in Dublin a day later. He has been lionised for the past 80 years as ‘Wrong Way Corrigan’, writes Gerry Breen.
In her piece ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gaeilgeoir’, Pauline Murphy looks back at a time when James Joyce clashed with his Irish language teacher – Padraig Pearse! Charlotte Grace O’Brien – the author, nationalist and social reformer, is profiled by Bridget Hannon.
Famed in song and story, Paula Redmond recounts the tragic end to the inspirational 1798 leader Kelly, the Boy From Killanne.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath features the son of a Corkman, Vice-Admiral Ralph Hennessy, hero of the Canadian Navy who won the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions against a German U-Boat.
The Maeve Binchy legacy lives on, and Mary Sheerin marks the sixth anniversary of the iconic writer’s death on July 30th, 2012. In our series “Presidents of Ireland – 80th Anniversary, Part 3”, the spotlight falls on Éamon de Valera, the third President of Ireland.
The book under review this month is ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ by John Boyne, and our original short story is ‘Saviour in Blush Pink’ by Anne Anderson.
Eamonn Duggan concludes his look at the long political life and distinguished career of the former Fine Gael leader and Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Richard Mulcahy. This week’s Classic Film is ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, while Paul Swift takes a journey along the River Moy.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Pete’s Pets, Stranger Than Fiction, What’s In a Name, readers’ memories, pen friends, jokes, songs and much much more.
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 St. Patrick’s Day favourites to sing along to as well as the best of Irish for the month of March.