Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Ireland’s Own. The harsher side of winter hit with a bang over the weekend and we certainly felt the drop in temperature around these parts – hopefully you are not too perished where you are. We have the perfect tonic to warm you up with this week’s feature on Seán O Sé, he of ‘An Poc ar Buile’ fame. Gerry Breen looks at a new book by Seán Ó which recounts the story of his extraordinary life and more than sixty years of singing all over the world. Also this week, Joe Lonergan tells the story of Victoria Cross recipient Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bernard Hackett who survived numerous encounters in battle only to die of a firearms injury at home in County Tipperary. Douglas McPherson tells the story of Ireland’s most famous lion tamer, ‘Captain’ Bill Stephens, and recalls the time in 1951 when a lion escaped from a circus and terrorised the residents of Fairview, Co. Dublin. Also, it’s 25 years since Mary Robinson was inaugurated as President of Ireland. Cathal Coyle marks the occasion. A vampire in Cavan? Shane Cochrane reports on a series of unexplained attacks on sheep from 1874 to the present day. And we remember the life of John Lennon who died 35 years ago. We have all this for you to enjoy plus your weekly favourites. Enjoy the read, stay warm and we’ll talk to you next week when our Christmas Annual hits the shelves – not to be missed! Chat soon.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own