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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean NolanWell folks, it’s that time of the year again – time for the All-Ireland Finals showdown. There is a scarcely a household in the country that doesn’t have someone who is looking forward to the country’s four best teams battling it out for the right to bring Sam and Liam back their county. Mayo came storming back when it looked like Dublin had the finishing line in sight on Sunday, and that’s what makes Gaelic games so exciting, and why we have such a unique pride, and passion, for our national pastimes. This week we present to you the All-Ireland Finals Annual, and it is not to be missed. We have a special interview with Ray McManus, the man who has taken the pictures of the GAA action down the years, and he shares his story as well as a selection of his finest shots with us. We have an interview with Adrian Fenlon, who recalls Wexford’s incredible hurling victory in 1996; there are lots of memory pieces as our team of writers remember special GAA occasions in their counties. Away from GAA, we look at the Guinness Book of Records which is 60 years old – did you know it all began after a difference of opinion on the banks fo the River Slaney? Ros na Run and Braveheart are 20 years old – we look back on their stories. We have all your monthly favourites as well as a special €400 monthly word maze, and €200 Crossword. There are lots of songs, jokes, short stories and books to be won for the kids in Owen’s Club. Also, read about Tommy Fleming’s new musical, and win tickets to the show! Enjoy the read and I will talk to you next week, please God.

 Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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By Kenneth Knight My grandson is about to start school for the first time and it got me thinking about this major event that has...

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Eight miles off the west coast of Cork lies the island of Cape Clear, Ireland's most southernmost inhabited island and the birthplace of one...

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Prince, a ten-year-old terrier, had started to cough. When I examined him with a stethoscope, I heard the classic sign of heart valve disease:...

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By Jim Fogarty On August 16 this year, the bicentenary of the birth of  John  Bosco will be commemorated, not alone in Ireland, but throughout...

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By Bill McStay On a late summer’s morning in August 1940, a Requiem Mass was said in the Donegal church of Saint Macartan in Carndonagh,...

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By Marie Gahan I’ve just come in from the supermarket and put all my groceries away. Next, came the vegetables and lastly the fruit. As...

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Hand Me Down My Bible. Made famous by Luke Kelly Oho glory-o, now I am the Lord’s disciple, Oho glory-o, now hand me down my bible, I like my liquor and my livin’ hard, May the Lord save my soul, My salvation was the turn of a card, My heart’s as black as coal, But everybody’s got the right to go wrong, Everybody’s got to sing my song, Everybody’s got the right to go wrong, Sing my song, sing my song, Oho glory-o, now I am the Lord’s disciple, Oho glory-o, now hand me down my bible For more see this week’s Ireland’s Own

Something for everyone

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